Most places have four seasons. Montana’s Hi-Line has two — winter and summer — with a few days of something resembling spring and fall.

A lack of trees means autumnal hues don’t alert you to winter’s approach. Suddenly, it’s cold. Then it snows. Then there’s ice. As for wind, well, there’s always wind.

Ironically, the sun shines frequently throughout the winter, when it’s not blowing snow, and I’ve always been amazed at how it’s possible to be so cold in the middle of all those golden rays.

Having winter recreation hobbies helps offset that cold, and I look forward to ski season every year (and vistas like this).

The view at Discovery Ski Area
The view at Discovery Ski Area

Even so, the combination of Groundhog Day and sunshine that has come with above-30-degree temperatures this week has me looking toward elusive spring full of wildflowers, baby critters and waterfalls thundering with runoff.

Here are some pictures of why the few days of Montana spring are some of the best days of the year.

Ants crawl over a wildflower near Many Glacier Lodge in Glacier National Park
Ants crawl over a wildflower near Many Glacier Lodge in Glacier National Park
Wildflowers sprout between rocks in the Lewis and Clark National Forest
Wildflowers sprout between rocks in the Lewis and Clark National Forest
A family bikes Going to the Sun Road before it opens to motorists
A family bikes Going to the Sun Road before it opens to motorists

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Purple field of flowers
A field south of Carter
lonebuffalo
A lone buffalo makes his way over the hill at the National Bison Range in Moiese.
A waterfall in Glacier National Park
A waterfall in Glacier National Park
Horses graze
Horses graze in a pasture near Highway 2

If you notice, there aren’t a lot of people in these pictures. That’s another reason to love spring — the tourists aren’t here in force yet!

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