Ted’s essays

ice dam

East Fork of The Bitterroot River frozen over Ice dams form as Bitterroot river thaws

sled dog racing

The 10th Annual Darby Dog Derby will take place January 14th & 15th, 2017 at Lost Trail Pass at Gibbons Pass Road. The Bitterroot Mushers club created this exciting, fun event. Go to their website for more information. Pay particular attention to the spectator information. The energy of nearly 100 high-performance, high-strung dogs is impressive. Be there for the start of the first races, on through the last. It is a sight, and moreso, a sound you won’t forget. This is my fourth time leading a team of radio operators to provide communications up and down the mountains. This is a perfect example of amateur radio serving where nothing else will do. We are pleased to add a measure of […]

dam breaks

Lots of deep cold, plenty of snow, followed by some warm, throw in some precipitation and you have a recipe for ice dams breaking. That, of course includes the possibility of flooding. We are coming up on that exact situation during the next week. Last month I recorded the first event like that I have witnessed in several winters here. Amazingly I was inspired to take a short video clip of The Bitterroot freezing over in our front yard on December 9th. Okay, by itself, that event isn’t amazing, but what I recorded the very next day is what provides the real value. Missy says, “Ted, LOOK AT THE RIVER.” Where there was solid ice around 3′ above the river […]

a bit cold here

This morning I woke up to discover our home (including the East Fork of The Bitterroot River) had been moved into North Dakota. I don’t know how it was done, but one look at the thermometer told me it was so. After the sun was up for a while, I thought to open the window and take a photo of the thermometer outside my studio. It was approximately three tick-marks below the lowest one on the C scale (left) side before the sun started heating the place up. I estimate that would be -28 or -29 Centigrade or as you young’uns like to write, Celsius … down by the East Fork of The Bitterroot River. That comes out to -20 […]

postcard from Conner

December 22nd view outside our cabin window… lest I forget that our world is a beautiful place.

looking up

propeller plane delivers “contrail” to The Bitterroot June 11, 2016I was riding my bicycle on Conner Cutoff road when I saw an airplane approaching from the west. It was leaving a strong, broad, billowy “contrail”. One of those I see frequently in The Bitterroot that are extraordinary in volume and staying power. What was really remarkable about this one was the noise that reached me once the airplane got overhead … propellers!!! I really kicked myself for not taking my camera on the bike ride, but I took this photograph of its trail when I got home ten or fifteen minutes later. This, rather obviously, is not prop wash or engine exhaust from an airplane. Who is spraying, what, and […]

post card from Conner

It has been a while since I put one of these up. One might guess I’d stopped appreciating the beauty of where we live. That would be a bad guess. It is lovely here and I know it. I took my camera out to capture a photo of the broken ice. When I zoomed in to frame it the way I wanted, one of the American Dippers who lives in OUR RIVER was in the frame! That precipitated numerous shots, a few of which came out well. […]

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