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


  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!


    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! 🙂


    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!


    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.


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

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


    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.


    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!


    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!


    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.


    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.


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

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


    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!


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

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