Montana Outdoors

March 18, 2008

High hopes

Filed under: Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, Photos, Pictures, Trees — montucky @ 6:47 pm

This little pine is growing right out of some huge rocks about twenty feet above the surface of the Clark Fork river. It has high hopes of becoming a big old pine some day. I sure hope it will make it!

Aspiring pine

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  1. I saw a similar scene this am while jogging. each spring, some neighbors on the next block plant bluebonnets in their yard. I noticed them in particular today since my son is supposed to be collecting wildflowers. I thought it would be great if he could ask them for one of theirs. but just off the driveway, there was one, growing on the edge of the street!! funny!

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    Comment by silken — March 18, 2008 @ 9:36 pm

  2. wow! what a beauty it is; I’m sure it’ll be a huge pine one day! 🙂

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    Comment by Sumedh — March 18, 2008 @ 9:48 pm

  3. Silken,

    I’m always attracted to things like that. Within all of nature, the will to live is a simply incredible force!

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    Comment by montucky — March 18, 2008 @ 10:34 pm

  4. Sumedh,

    It has a start, and that’s often the hardest part. These Ponderosas are great trees. There are two in my yard (or I’m in theirs) that are over a hundred feet tall, about 3 feet in diameter and are now middle aged at about a hundred and fifty years old. I love to look at them, sit in their shade, and listen to them sing when a stiff wind blows up the river.

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    Comment by montucky — March 18, 2008 @ 10:42 pm

  5. I hope so, too. It certainly has a firm foundation.

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    Comment by Pinhole — March 19, 2008 @ 6:17 am

  6. It sure does! If it can get some roots all of the way down through those rocks, it should be able to weather about anything.

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    Comment by montucky — March 19, 2008 @ 9:13 am

  7. I have some little saplings at my house that I hope grow up to be strong and straight Pines!

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    Comment by Ralph B — March 19, 2008 @ 9:55 am

  8. That’s a very good parallel, although in that case I’m sure you will be there to help them grow the right way!

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    Comment by montucky — March 19, 2008 @ 10:19 am

  9. I hope this little pine makes it. It sure looks like it has a great start. One of the things I enjoy most when I’m in Montana, is sitting out and listening to the wind blow through the pine trees. It’s a beautiful sound.

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    Comment by AK_Adventurer — March 19, 2008 @ 4:34 pm

  10. I love that sound, too. The spot where this little pine grows is special for several reasons. One is that there is a small stand of big pines near and along the river there is often enough wind to be heard through the trees. It’s also near a rapids and the sound of the rapids is great to listen too also.

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    Comment by montucky — March 19, 2008 @ 5:07 pm

  11. Great shot Terry, I wish we would be around to find out 😉

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    Comment by Bernie Kasper — March 20, 2008 @ 8:44 pm

  12. Well, Bernie, in another ten years or so we’ll have a pretty good idea of how it will do. I’ll be sure to keep track of it!

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    Comment by montucky — March 20, 2008 @ 9:19 pm


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