Some Sky Scenery from this past week…

Star Trails….The view through my window at 3 am…IMG_2393-Edit

Return of waterfowl through the setting sun…IMG_2303-Edit


Some Alpine Glow….IMG_2360

Sunset at the farm…IMG_2116-Edit


Sunset on Flathead Lake was exceptional on Monday…IMG_2180-EditIMG_2192-EditIMG_2197IMG_2213IMG_2230-EditIMG_2246



Watching the moon rise over the farm and an airplane zooming through….IMG_2252

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Sleigh Ride…

About two weeks ago we were able to get together my husband’s side of the family and go on a sleigh ride…PicMonkey Collage PicMonkey Collage1 PicMonkey Collage2

The kids got to do some sledding…PicMonkey Collage4

And warmed up with some hot cocoa and hot apple cider. We also had a yummy lunch of chili, cornbread and cookies.PicMonkey Collage5 PicMonkey Collage6 PicMonkey Collage7 PicMonkey Collage10 PicMonkey Collage11 PicMonkey Collage12 PicMonkey Collage13

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We had a wonderful day filled with lots sun, giggles and laughter.  Unfortunately, the next day our family started to come down with influenza type A … yuck! It knocked us out of commission for a couple of weeks.  I think we are all the mend now though… 🙂

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These bighorn sheep are beside a naturally turquoise lake formed by glacial rock flour…IMG_0197Blue, frozen glacial ice…IMG_1057-Edit IMG_0931 IMG_0992-Edit

Got Milk?. . .
The beautiful turquoise color shown in the photo is the true color of the water. Sometimes called “glacial milk”, the unusual color is due to the presence of “rock flour”, which consists of tiny clay particles formed as rocks stuck to the bottom and sides of a glacier grind against bedrock. This abrasion reduces some of the bedrock to a fine powder that looks like the flour used to make bread. As the ice melts this rock flour is exposed and transported away by meltwater, often into a nearby tarn.

They won’t settle down! . . . .
Meltwater also transports pebbles, sand, and silt into the lake, but these larger rock particles quickly settle to the bottom of the lake. In contrast, the much smaller particles of rock flour remain suspended in the water until the fall when the meltwater stops flowing or the lake freezes over. Only then does the water become calm enough to let rock flour settle to the bottom. A core sample from the middle of the lake would probably reveal alternating layers of silt and clay called “varves”. . . . One layer of each (varve) for every year the lake has been in existence.

Why so blue? . . .
Sunlight includes many different wavelengths of light ranging from the longer “reds” to the shorter “violets” (ROYGBIV). A white T-shirt is white because it reflects all of the wavelengths, a black shirt is colorless because it absorbs all of the wavelengths, and a red shirt is red because it absorbs the OYGBIV and reflects the R (red wavelengths). Apparently the tiny particles of rock flour suspended in the lake are just the right size to reflect more of the blues and some of the greens than any of the other wavelengths.

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