Sunday, May 29, 2011

Eary Morning Stroll Across the Front Meadow

"Wait for me Mom!"
Mother Grizzly with three (3) Cubs! (Only 2 visible here)
Sow grizzly, cubs behind her

Sunday stroll across the front meadow -- one little guy is out of the picture trying to catch up!

As I was talking to our family outside of Judith Gap, I spotted this group of grizzlies progressing across our front meadow. A sow grizzly with 3 bouncing cubs. She was coming from down south and heading north west to Kennedy Creek area. Looking for food I would imagine! They looked healthy.

Marvin and I drove out into the meadow and I took these pictures from a distance with my new camera which has a great zoom lens! We would have had a great picture as she crossed our gravel road on her way to Kennedy Creek, except for the fact that Meadow Muffin (horse) thought these were mighty interesting critters and she ran ahead of the pickup and blocked our shot of all 3 cubs and Mom standing up at our wire gate trying to figure out who and what all these critters where that were coming at them. So, they took off for Kennedy Creek a whole lot faster and all we would have gotten from there were some good (maybe) butt shots.

Have a safe and wonderful day from our ranch to yours!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

High Water, Lots of snow in Glacier Park, etc

Many Glacier Waterfall
Channels and St. Mary in background from our deck
Avalanche in Park
Sherburn Dam area
Sun Rift Gorge with ice formation -- Glacier National Park(Jason took picture)
Greenery at Sun Rift(Jason took picture)
Sun Rift water and ice formation(Jason took picture)
Water fall at Many Glacier

I am posting some photos and one video for family and friends that are not on Facebook.

The video is of Kennedy Creek running into the St. Mary River about a 1/4 mile from our home place.

There still is a whole lot of snow to melt in the mountains and come on down through waterways that pass right by and around us.

I am uploading still pictures, too, but do not know if they will show up in this post or not. We drove up to Many Glacier in Glacier National Park to view the Sherburn dam and see how the water is running up that way. The road to Many has really taken a hit this year and is in a mess in many places -- some good sinks. The Park Service is busy repairing the road. It was raining gently yesterday and cold. There is a whole lot of snow up in the park housing area at Many as well as Swiftcurrent area.

After visiting Many we drove up to St. Mary and into the park entrance there. You can drive up to Jackson Glacier area. Lots of snow everywhere. Avalanches that were cleared from the road.

Lots of flooding and road closures in Montana.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Goats at Goat Lick, Montana

Driving over Marias Pass to go to Kalsipell or Whitefish is a long way, but it is so beautiful now that spring/summer may be here (we just never know for sure if Winter has left us as yet).

Marvin and I were very lucky to see these beautiful mountain goats at Goat Lick area in Glacier National Park right on US Highway 2. On the way back from the west side, we saw these goats and were delighted to see that the winter gate had been unlocked and open at the Goat Lick viewing area. This area is well maintained with restrooms and a short nature walk to view the goats down by the roaring river licking the minerals on the rocks. Wonderful area to take photos of the river below and hopefully there will be mountain goats for photographing as well.

Today was a special treat in that we saw so many goats on the way over and then they were still on the hillside on the way back. Plus a big bonus of the goat right up the hill side by the highway!

The rivers are running very wide and dirty as we drove through the pass.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Is that Green I see???

At times I get a scolding from family and friends that are not on Facebook and come to my blog and want to see something new.

Waters are a-rising out back in the waterways. Here are some pictures of St. Mary River which is right out back and the many channels and ponds that are behind our home and corrals.

I threw in a picture of Turk (Anatolian Shepherd Guard Dog) and Meadow Muffin (horse) nibbling on new grass on the bank of a channel outside our back door.

There is a whole lot of snow in the mountains that still needs to melt and fill the rivers, creeks, and so forth in our area. There are some mighty impressive pictures on the Glacier National Park website to show how much snow was in the park. Astounding amount of snow.

Our days have been sunny and rather warm -- east wind today. Makes biking a little hard to get back to the house.

I see by my blog entries that we did get snow last May 30th so who knows what the weather has in store for us yet this season.

I am enjoying each day as they come. Boys are working putting a rebuilt DT-466 engine back into the 4-wheel drive tractor so they can farm. The White tractor also bit the dust last winter and trying to figure out what is wrong with hydraulics. Marvin's ranch pickup took a dump last winter, too. Transmission...on one of the coldest stormy days on his way back from Cut Bank. Luckily he was rescued and taken to a ranch house where he could call home for help.

Jason and Kara now have indoor plumbing which is very exciting for them and visitors! Calving is getting to the end. Need to get seed in the ground.

I have a little bull bum calf that I feed during the day -- he loves his little blue bucket full of warm milk replacer or cows milk.

Our Brown Swiss milk cow got a fever shortly after calving this year and it was a struggle to save her. Her little bull calf was a bum until he found a loving mother cow after her calf died.

No trees are breaking forth with any green foliage -- can't blame them. I do see buds. Who knows when we may have lilacs or flowers this year. The beavers were very busy cutting down every tree they could find all along the water's edge. They destroyed so many trees this past winter that it is very sad.

Hope all is well with everyone and that they are enjoying each other and life in general!