Ice is For The Birds

Capturing the beauty of the frozen in Flathead Valley, Montana

Subject: Icy Dew Drop, Flathead Valley

I got up early, made coffee, slipped on my Xtratuf boots, and putzed my way down-highway to see if I could photograph any of the birds migrating through. A few days earlier, while driving by a small pond, I thought I had seen snow geese. On the edge of the pond, while I waited for the geese to show and to stay warm in the post-sunrise frost shadow, I pushed and mucked my way through the cat-tails, photographing the icy dew drops.

After startling some mallards, and being harassed by one angry little brown bird who would not stay still long enough to be photographed, I decided it was time for a warm-up; I photographed the ice. Ultimately, this was my downfall. With my hands cozied around my hot coffee mug, three snow geese caterwauling “good morning” flew overhead into the rising sun. 

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An explorer, wanderer, photographer-artist, Tim Rains is a national park ranger seeking out connection and community to Montana’s wild places.  Come, explore with him as he discovers why Montana's glacier country is considered "the last best place." Follow Tim on Instagram @rangerrains or view more of his work at

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