Montana Outdoors

September 14, 2007

The will to live

Filed under: Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, Photos, Pictures, Trees — montucky @ 4:51 pm

“Don’t even bother to try: you will never grow in that rock!”

Impossible Fir

Impossible Fir



  1. I’ve witnessed similar scenes, and never fail to be flabbergasted.


    Comment by Pinhole — September 15, 2007 @ 6:44 am

  2. Very nice. You must have a sharp eye to notice it “the blue”


    Comment by chrisy yeong — September 15, 2007 @ 7:12 am

  3. Pinhole,

    There is an incredible will to live in nature, and it isn’t influenced by peer pressure to fail. This tree is located on the lee side of the mountain, so the prevailing winds always blow down the slope. I’d guess if they went the other way the tree would go down, but it has obviously been there a long time and even survived a fire a few years ago.


    Comment by montucky — September 15, 2007 @ 8:24 am

  4. chrisy,

    Thanks you for the visit!

    Actually, I was looking for elk when I scanned that hillside and the rock outcrop just stood out. That tree just insisted on its right to live!


    Comment by montucky — September 15, 2007 @ 8:35 am

  5. When I see trees like this I’m struck by it’s will to live too – as well as natures ability to adapt. Amazing really…. I always think more buddhist thoughts like how we humans should bend to the will of nature and instead fight it. I feel strongly that we are in a constant fight with nature when it’s a silly battle. How about unsheathing a sword to fight the wind? or water or rain? (anyone up for building homes under a levy? or trying to pump water up three miles on a 78 degree incline? etc… or howza bout dropping a home in tornado valley? :o) silly humans! Terry, between you and I – I think the dolphins are laughing at us. Great shots!


    Comment by aullori — September 15, 2007 @ 8:58 am

  6. I know. We fight it, we try to control it. The most ridiculous is that we “manage” it, knowing but a few of the implications of what we’re doing. There are those even around here who want to “manage” all of the wild country. Seems to me that’s a recipe for complete and final disaster!

    Yes, I think the dolphins are laughing and if it were not for their watery world, we might even be able to see their tears.


    Comment by montucky — September 15, 2007 @ 9:18 am

  7. lovely!


    Comment by narziss — September 15, 2007 @ 10:35 am

  8. Of course, if one tried to sow seeds on a rock, nothing would happen.



    Comment by knightofswords — September 15, 2007 @ 10:52 am

  9. narziss,

    Yes, it is a pretty spot! Thanks for visiting!


    Comment by montucky — September 15, 2007 @ 12:54 pm

  10. knight,

    You’re right about that. We’ve been able to get pine seeds to germinate in regular soil, but had had very poor luck in getting the seedlings to survive after planting. This tree, of course, were it in almost any other location would have blown down years ago. The exceptional thing is though, that it tried and made it!


    Comment by montucky — September 15, 2007 @ 1:05 pm

  11. incredible!


    Comment by silken — September 15, 2007 @ 8:33 pm

  12. That’s what I thought too, silken. That seems to be a very graphic illustration of the will to live and overcome adversity. I hope if it ever comes to it that I’ll have the same determination.


    Comment by montucky — September 15, 2007 @ 10:20 pm

  13. Life always finds a way, cool shot Terry.


    Comment by Bernie Kasper — September 15, 2007 @ 10:41 pm

  14. Seems to, Bernie. I’ve seen cactus do similar things in the Arizona desert too.


    Comment by montucky — September 16, 2007 @ 8:25 am

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