Montana Outdoors

August 8, 2008

Paint and cedar

Filed under: Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, Photos, Pictures, Wildflowers — Tags: — montucky @ 7:12 pm

This unusual combination of two of my favorite plants exists at an elevation of about 5,500 feet on the northeast shoulder of Bighole Peak in a very lonesome place where it usually would be seen only by the creatures of the wild country.

Paint and cedar

It has been haunting me since I photographed it a few days ago.



  1. Oh it’s really quite lovely!


    Comment by Tabbie — August 8, 2008 @ 10:25 pm

  2. Oh, *beautiful*!! I can see why it’s been haunting you.


    Comment by Sara — August 9, 2008 @ 7:04 am

  3. It IS beautiful! The “strength” or contrast of the greens and the magenta/red is striking.

    Very nice.


    Comment by Janet Wilkins — August 9, 2008 @ 8:31 am

  4. Tabbie,
    The paints at low altitudes have become faded from the sun in most places now, but higher, in openings in the trees, they are still in prime condition.


    Comment by montucky — August 9, 2008 @ 8:35 am

  5. Sara,
    The haunting part is where they are growing. I followed a game trail off the Forest Service trail to the top of an overgrown ridge to see if I could get a better view through the trees and found a mixture of small pines and cedars just over the ridge where it was well shaded. A beautiful place!


    Comment by montucky — August 9, 2008 @ 8:42 am

  6. Janet,
    Yes, the combination of colors really stand out as well as the textures. The paints have a very rough look to them and the cedars a smooth one.


    Comment by montucky — August 9, 2008 @ 8:44 am

  7. I have trouble seeing reds, and even I can see this!

    I can see the green, too.


    Comment by Pinhole — August 9, 2008 @ 11:21 am

  8. Beautiful shot – I love the dark quality. (Always have) I can understand the fascination.


    Comment by loriaull — August 9, 2008 @ 12:59 pm

  9. Pinhole,
    I’m glad that red is bight enough. There were enough clouds that day that the colors were quite vivid.


    Comment by montucky — August 9, 2008 @ 2:13 pm

  10. Thanks, Lori!
    It seems as though the colors are better at higher altitudes as long as the blossoms aren’t growing in direct sun. Maybe because it’s wetter up there, they stay colorful longer.


    Comment by montucky — August 9, 2008 @ 2:14 pm

  11. What a beautiful contrast of shades, hues and laciness (is that a REAL word?) of the cedar and paintbrush!


    Comment by Cedar — August 9, 2008 @ 9:10 pm

  12. I know. I certainly wouldn’t have thought to design it, but was just happy to stumble upon it. How many little scenes like that are out there and we don’t ever see them?


    Comment by montucky — August 10, 2008 @ 12:57 am

  13. What great colors! And soon enough, they may be gone.


    Comment by scienceguy288 — August 10, 2008 @ 7:02 am

  14. Too soon. We usually have our first snow here in September.


    Comment by montucky — August 10, 2008 @ 8:57 am

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