When Winter comes...

Trip Start Sep 28, 2013
Trip End Apr 26, 2014

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201 Black Bear Lane

Flag of United States  , Montana
Saturday, November 16, 2013

As some of you know, I spent from last Monday until Friday morning up at Georgetown Lake.  I hastened home on Friday to avoid a seemingly ominous Winter Storm Warning on the forefront, so to speak.

Anyway, it was a very unique experience this time.  The three moose showed up on day two.  The eagles were there "in spades."  In fact, I've never seen so many eagles in my lifetime, as I had the pleasure to see on this trip.  I'd estimate that at least 25 baldies showed up.  They were hunting, roosting and soaring, it seemed, everywhere, at times.  I did get a few shots, which I'll post here.  Some are already at http://www.flickr.com/photos/ralphieboyo/, and you may have seen them.  The bay was mostly frozen over when I arrived on Monday, but it too experienced an interesting transformation.  It got so warm, 50 degrees and higher, that, as in spring, the ice MELTED, while I was.  I had the pleasure of watching it transform from ice to water.  Very Cool and unusual, for me.

The solitude was great. Winter, as you know, perhaps, is my favorite time up there.  When I can only see one or two vehicles a day, it's just right...

I had the pleasure of a overnight visit from my old friend, Dick, on Wednesday. We haven't spent a night under the same roof, since the seventies.  I've known him since 1967, pre-Lynn.  It was very cool to reminisce and talk about old friends and such.  We both enjoyed the eagles and had a nice walk together.

Here at home, if/when the weather cooperates, its time to prune the two apple trees.  I keep them well-pruned to encourage apple growth and make it easier to pick.  The ladder is another minor challenge these days.  Time has changed my perceptions some. Gravity seems to be increasing as I age and the earth doesn't seem to be as soft as it used to be. ;o) Thus, I'm much less adventurous when I'm "aloft."

That's pretty much it, for now.  We go to Butte on Wednesday for my appointment.  It's my home town, as you may know.  I appreciate the old town much more these days.  Being married to a "Buttian"(Byu-ashun), probably has at least some bearing on that.

We are still looking forward to wintering here this year.  Thankfully, it's coming on slowly.  We're ready, willing and able to handle it, for sure.  After all, we ARE Montanans!  
Thanks again for stopping by...

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Cherie on

There is nothing quite like the beauty and solitude of off season at the lake

photodon on

Beautiful scenery, Ralph. Seeing your pix of the beautiful snow makes me miss it a bit. But only a little bit.

Ruthie on

Beautiful. How lucky you are to see all of those Eagles.

Debbie Shea on

Ahhhh, nice!

ferdie on

GREAT shots! Fun and relaxing...thanks again! Wonder how much snow the got down there?

Bonnie on

Great shots! Thanks for sharing

Chris on

Great patterns and lines in the photos.

Mike on

Hey---looks like a great little trip with some solitude and visit with an old friend....good for you. Like all the pics especially the eagle in the tree and the camp fire shot. Still here in Vegas....just dropped off 6 of the people at the airport for the ride home....We leave tomorrow with 4 more. What an interesting trip. On the drive back to the hotel, I listened to a radio show call in and someone identified themselves as Ralphie Boy....I think it is time for you to initiate a lawsuit......there is only one Ralphie boy....Got to see the Rock and Roll marathon last night....30,000 runners and must have been 100.000 folks watching on the closed strip.....pretty cool....well, talk to you soon...home tomorrow nite.

Dennis McLaughlin on

Beautiful shots Ralph. The solitude sounds wonderful.

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