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Day by Day in NW Montana - April 2012

By: bionicdan , 3:37 AM GMT on April 03, 2012

April 2012 - Around the Ranch (Or wherever I am when the camera goes click)

April 2012 - Weather Summary Notes
20120401: Mostly cloudy with a burst of rain, snow, snow pellets followed by variably cloudy through the afternoon.
20120402: Light snow overnight. Breaking clouds early today and mostly sunny, but cool. Clearing late afternoon and colder this evening
20120403: Clear and cold overnight. Sunny to Vcdy day Clear late PM
20120404: MCdy AM Vcdy day -rn mid day Clear late PM (as usual!)
20120405: Cds ovnt MCdy AM Snow pellets/graupel noon, Mcdy aftn Clear late PM
20120406: Cds ovnt MCdy AM Snow pellets/graupel noon, Mcdy aftn Clear late PM
20120407: Partly cloudy morning Mostly cloudy mid day. Breaking clouds and sunshine late afternoon.
20120408: Clear and cold overnight. Sunny and warming through the day.
20120409: PCdy ovnt Vcdy morning through afternoon Pcdy late PM
20120410: High ovcst but Sun through that warmed the day nicely
20120411: Sun thru high clouds Mild day Light rain late PM Mild Dry
20120412: Rain ovnt Sun through clouds by mid day VCdy afternoon Clear late PM
20120413: Mostly clear ovnt Cold AM Sunny nice day Brzy aftn Clear late PM
20120414: Clear ovnt Cold AM Ovcst aftn Mclear late PM
20120415: Cloudy with light snow overnight and for part of the morning Rain from time to time during the afternoon.
20120416: Mostly Cloudy Some sun AM Light rain aftn PCdy late PM
20120417: VCdy AM Sunny mid day Mostly cloudy afternoon and late PM
20120418: Mcdy light rain mid day Vcdy aftn Evening showers Pcdy late PM
20120419: Mostly cloudy throughout the day
20120420: Cloudy Rain overnight and AM fog in valley
20120421: Cloudy light rain AM VCdy aftn Clearing late aftn Clear late PM
20120422: Clear Warm sunny day Wonderful!
20120423: Clear Warm Dry Wonderful again! Summer-like day!
20120424: Cds with ovnt warm front. Clear early Sunny Warm Cu Rn TS Clr late PM
20120425: Sunny mild dry great day!
20120426: Cloudy light rain ovnt Mcdy day Rain late afternoon Cloudy evening
20120427: Light rain ovnt Mostly cloudy day VCdy late PM
20120428: Cleared ovnt Sunny most of morning Cloudy most of afternoon and eve.
20120429: Clear early Cds by noon Afternoon showers PCdy late PM
20120430: Mostly cloudy Rain off and on most of the day

April 30, 2012 - Morning Panorama
April 30, 2012 - 10:43 AM, April 30, 2012. Ground level panorama during a rainy morning.

April 29, 2012 - Morning Sun on Pastures
Box Elder Tree in Morning Sun, April 29, 2012. Greening of the pastures behind the box Elder tree.

April 29, 2012 - Finally there are Flowers!
Finally there are Flowers!, April 29, 2012. Slow spring blooms finally appear.

April 28, 2012 - Clouds over Blacktail Mountain
Clouds over Blacktail Mountain, April 28, 2012. View from the running route toward Blacktail Mountain ski area looking over Carr's meadow.

April 27, 2012 - Ranch Dog Gone Bad! This is what happens when a ranch dog is kept inside too long!
Ranch Dog Gone Bad!, April 27, 2012. This is what happens when a ranch dog gets bored!

April 26, 2012 - Longhorns!
Long Horns, April 26, 2012. The Longhorns are out in the pasture again.

April 26, 2012 - Cattle and Calves
Cattle and Calves, April 26, 2012. Spring grazing for a neighbor's cattle and their calves.

April 25, 2012 - Corrie and Jonah at the Creek
Horses at Creek, April 25, 2012. Spring water flow in the creek means swimming for the horses on warm days.

April 24, 2012 - Sunny Day with Floating Cumulus over the Ranch
Cumulus over the Ranch, April 24, 2012. Sunny day with floating cumulus over the ranch today.

April 23, 2012 - Pasture Grazing
Horses Grazing Green Pasture, April 23, 2012. The green-up is finally giving the horses plenty of grazing grass.

April 22, 2012 - Green-up: Lawnmowers back in Action
One Horsepower Lawnmowers, April 22, 2012. Green-up means it is time to let the lawnmowers go back to work.

April 21, 2012 - Making Firewood
Making Firewood, April 21, 2012. Early gathering of firewood this year with a neighbor offering free wood.

April 20, 2012 - Fog in the Valley
Fog in the Valley, April 20, 2012. Mostly cloud with fog in the valley early today.

April 19, 2012 - Blacktail Mountain; Black tailed Horse
Blacktail, April 19, 2012. Snow on the Blacktail Mountain ski runs; Black tailed horse (all black, in fact).

April 18, 2012 - Black and White Cat Walking
Balancing Cat, April 18, 2012. Scampy II walks a garden beam.

April 17, 2012 - Red Dog Walking
Dog Walking, April 17, 2012. Titan crossing the pasture during a morning walk.

April 16, 2012 - Fog Cloud over Treeline
Fog Puff over Treeline, April 16, 2012. Fog over the east treeline early today.

April 15, 2012 - A Taxing Winter Season Returns Morning Snow on the Old Barn.
Old Barn ... New Snow!, April 15, 2012. Light snow overnight covering the ranch and barn.

April 14, 2012 - Morning Sun on the Old Barn
Old Barn ... New Day's Sunshine, April 14, 2012. Sunny morning at the ranch

April 14, 2012 - Sunny Afternoon Blue and Cu
Sunny Cu Filled Day, April 14, 2012. Sunny sky with puffy Cu for most of the afternoon.

April 13, 2012 - Panorama at Smith Lake
Smith Lake Panorama, April 13, 2012. Bike rid turnaround at Smith Lake.

April 12, 2012 - Dogs in the Pond
Dogs in the Pond, April 12, 2012. Titan and Taffy in pasture four pond.

April 11, 2012 - Pre-sunrise Sky
Morning Sky, April 11, 2012. Soft colors in the morning sky.

April 10, 2012 - Bike hits the Trail Again
Bike and Silo, April 10, 2012. An afternoon ride to Kalispell and a stop at the silo along the trail.

April 9, 2012 - Easter Bunny: left behind to watch over the horses
Easter Bunny Left Behind, April 9, 2012. The Easter bunny on the rain watching over the  herd.

April 8, 2012 - Sunrise over the Pond
Sun over Pond, April 8, 2012. Sunrise bursting above the corral pond.

April 8, 2012 - Snow at Ashley Road Pass
Snow at Higher Elevations, April 8, 2012. A run up Ashley Lake Road pass today to above the snow line.

April 7, 2012 - Scampy in a Tree
Scampy in a Tree, April 7, 2012. Scampy II climbing in a tree.

April 6, 2012 - Couch Canines
Couch Potatoes, April 6, 2012. Titan, Ginger and Taffy lined up on the couch.

Afternoon Dog Walk
Dog Walk, April 6, 2012. Patti, Taffy and Ginger crossing the pasture during the afternoon walk. Titan is off along the other edge of the pasture hunting!

April 5, 2012 - Clouds over the Swan Range
Clouds over the Swan Range

April 4, 2012 - Plow
Plow with view northeast

April 3, 2012 - Sun through Woodpile
Morning sun through the woodpile

Farm along Sherman Road
Farm along Sherman Road running route

April 2, 2012 - Snow along the Fence Line
Snow Along the Fence Line, April 2, 2012. View up the fence line with the Box Elder waiting for some leaves to sprout.

April 1, 2012 - Orpheus along the Fence Line
Along the Fence Line

Steamy Roofs after Quick Snow Pellet and Rain Event
Steamy Roof after Snow Showers, April 1, 2012. A quick mid-day rain  snow pellet event, followed by some sunshine, resulted in steam rising from the roof of the barn and arena complex.

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5. bionicdan
4:16 PM GMT on April 11, 2012
seflagamma, juslivn, GardenGrrl, shoreacres: Thank you for the Easter greetings!

seflagamma: Thanks for the nice words about the pictures I've posted. Not much snow here at the ranch from the last event; some higher up the hills and more to the east this time!

GardenGrrl: "Polka dotted Poodles" sounds good! I am not sure they would like that though as "ranch dogs"!

Shore: I especially liked the "geek" gear egg! Thanks for the comments about the photos, too.

And, yes, winter still lingers. I did a run on Easter Sunday that went up the pass to Ashley Lake. There was still snow on the ground there (at 4000 '). But, the weather has finally warmed enough that I did an outdoor biking trek!

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4. shoreacres
12:17 AM GMT on April 09, 2012
Happy Easter to you and Patti - and all the critters, too. Just in case the Easter Geek missed your house, I brought a little egg for your bastket. ;)

And, I am in the process of writing up a new post about a daytrip yesterday, in which I use GPS for the second time in my life. Much more successfully, I might add, although not quite in the way you'd expect. Which probably is what you'd expect...

I heard Montana's getting a bit more winter. I still think with pleasure of that great photo of the snow-covered lilacs. I must say - the sun through the woodpile is an equal, and I do like the plow. Very nice!
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3. GardenGrrl
11:02 PM GMT on April 08, 2012
Hi, was at the Dallas Easter Pooch Parade today. Your dogs would have been great in the parade with a few pastel polka dots dabbed on.

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2. juslivn
4:20 AM GMT on April 08, 2012
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1. seflagamma
4:20 PM GMT on April 07, 2012
Hello Dan,

Beautiful photos; heard you all got some snow the past week. Hope all is well!

Have a Blessed and Happy Easter Weekend!

Hallelujah Egg image
Easter Christian Graphics
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