Montana Outdoors

March 10, 2008

Moss and ice

Filed under: Montana, Nature, Outdoors — Tags: — montucky @ 9:15 pm

Moss and ice

Moss and ice

Moss and ice

(Photographed along a cliff in Buffalo Bill Creek canyon in the Cabinet Mountains of western Montana, March 9, 2008.)


  1. These photos almost look surreal. What a contrast – brilliant green moss… and ICE!!
    Absolutely wonderful photos Montucky! Great job!


    Comment by AK_Adventurer — March 10, 2008 @ 9:50 pm

  2. Moss is a fascinating organism, isn’t it? It seems to be very tolerant of cold temperatures. This particular cliff was just spectacular because of its size and the amount of moss there was on it, but the brush in front of it was so thick that getting a photo of a larger area wasn’t possible. The greens in the photos are pleasant, but they still aren’t as colorful as what my eye saw. It may have photographed better on a darker day. Still, the contrast is interesting.


    Comment by montucky — March 10, 2008 @ 10:13 pm

  3. It looks as though the moss could use some dental work in that last photo.

    On another note “Moss and Ice” would be a great name for a comedy duo.

    Great pics, as always.


    Comment by Pinhole — March 11, 2008 @ 5:19 am

  4. That’s just about what my wife said about that photo! With jaws like that out there, perhaps it would pay to be more careful around the moss!


    Comment by montucky — March 11, 2008 @ 9:08 am

  5. Montucky, I have been loving your mossy photos, but adding the ‘cicles -even better.


    Comment by barbara — March 11, 2008 @ 9:15 am

  6. Good shots here – I especially like the first one. Makes me wonder where that hole goes.

    I envy you being able to see moss already. I’ve got a few more weeks/months to go, I think.


    Comment by wolf — March 11, 2008 @ 10:07 am

  7. Thanks, Barbara! This is probably the last look at much ice for this half of the new year, although there’s still lots of it in the high country and the areas that don’t get much sun. I’ll follow the moss a little better into the summer, but pretty soon the wild flowers will become a major distraction. Yesterday the buttercups began to appear here in the valley, and we saw our first blue birds of the season.


    Comment by montucky — March 11, 2008 @ 10:07 am

  8. I gotta agree with Pinhole on this one. Worse yet, I thought of toothy, snarling aligators.



    Comment by knightofswords — March 11, 2008 @ 10:15 am

  9. Wolf,

    This is another interesting time of year. The moss is probably at the peak of its growing season, despite the icicles, but to get these shots I had to climb through some deep snow pack on the slope below. Here, at least, spring is coming fast!


    Comment by montucky — March 11, 2008 @ 10:17 am

  10. Malcolm,

    After reading yours and Pinhole’s comments, I’m beginning to get scared! And here all I was worried about before was sliding off the mountain!


    Comment by montucky — March 11, 2008 @ 10:30 am

  11. This offers such a striking contrast Terry, the soft warmth of the moss against the hard cold ice, very nice capture. 🙂


    Comment by Bernie Kasper — March 11, 2008 @ 7:14 pm

  12. Yes, I love the contrast. It’s almost a contradiction, but I guess nature knows what she’s doing.


    Comment by montucky — March 11, 2008 @ 8:36 pm

  13. Great photos, especially the last one!


    Comment by Adam R. Paul — March 11, 2008 @ 10:10 pm

  14. Thanks, Adam! I appreciate the feedback on some of the things I run into out there, and having the knowledge that I’, not the only one who likes them!


    Comment by montucky — March 11, 2008 @ 10:48 pm

  15. COOL!!


    Comment by silken — March 12, 2008 @ 7:22 am

  16. No worries, Montucky, the aligator view is natural for anyone who grew up near Florida’s swamps.



    Comment by knightofswords — March 12, 2008 @ 9:47 am

  17. Thanks, Silken! I thought they were pretty little spots on the cliff.


    Comment by montucky — March 12, 2008 @ 4:34 pm

  18. Malcolm,

    Yeah, I guess we don’t think much about ‘gators around here.


    Comment by montucky — March 12, 2008 @ 4:35 pm

  19. What a naturalistic play in contrasts! Very very cool!


    Comment by aullori — March 13, 2008 @ 12:59 am

  20. Just another thing one wouldn’t think would happen, but nature does some interesting things!


    Comment by montucky — March 13, 2008 @ 8:40 am

  21. I love the contrast too, sort of a threshold between winter and spring. Beautiful!

    I see, though, that this, your last entry, is dated March 10 … I realize that it’s only three days ago but, of the blogs that I visit, you are, perhaps, the most prolific blogger. I hope that you are well, montucky, and that the weather is suitable for hiking and photography!


    Comment by Janet Wilkins — March 13, 2008 @ 11:56 am

  22. Moss…for such a simple organism (if you can call any organism’s biological mechanisms simple) it is quite fascinating and beautiful as well.


    Comment by scienceguy288 — March 13, 2008 @ 4:02 pm

  23. Janet,

    “Threshold” is an excellent word for these! Our weather keeps stepping back and forth over that threshold, as it does in most any spring. Yesterday was warm and sunny, it rained during the night, and it’s snowing at the moment.

    Thanks you for your concern and good wishes. There has been a combination of things that slowed down my posting, weather being one but I’ll get back on track again. The night after I made this post, I spent three hours at a fire scene where all we could do is contain the blaze but couldn’t save the home. That puts a damper on my exhuberance for a few days and carries over to other things. Fortunately there was no loss of human life, and I’ll be back to normal in a few days.


    Comment by montucky — March 14, 2008 @ 8:46 am

  24. scienceguy288,

    True! Beauty and fascination in simple things is a good lesson to learn from nature, isn’t it? Thank you for visiting and for your comment!


    Comment by montucky — March 14, 2008 @ 8:49 am

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