Montana Outdoors

December 6, 2008

The “whuzzits”.

Filed under: Humor, Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, Photos, Pictures — montucky @ 11:35 am

I suppose anyone who wanders around aimlessly shooting photos like I do ends up at the end of a year with a number of oddities in his collection. Not knowing what else to do with some that I acquired, I decided to post them here. (Someone shoot me!)

From January:
(This was ice on the edge of Buffalo Bill Creek. The previous photo was of a Big Horn Sheep who stood watching the whole procedure, sadly shaking his head.)

Ice pattern

From February:
(An icicle growing from the roof in the sun. What else do you have to do in February anyway?)


From March:
(Believe it or not, this was a lichen on a rock. OK, so I “fluffed” it up a little.This photo was shot in between shots of Buttercups.)


From April:
(Raindrops on a spider’s web. The spider wasn’t especially happy.)

Raindrops on a spider web

From May:
(Usually I photograph single blossoms. Couldn’t figure out how to do that  with these!)


From December:
(Ice on a puddle in the high country. I guess most of the middle part of the year had interesting stuff to occupy my interest. Now there’s ice!)



  1. Oh these are gorgeous. It is in the oddities sometimes that real beauty gets reflected; the kind that can’t be categorized!

    I especially love those raindrops on the spider’s web. Amazing…


    Comment by Sumedh Prasad — December 6, 2008 @ 12:40 pm

  2. ok, I got it fixed now.. you can delete that if you want. here is what I’m trying to say…

    these are especially great pictures. I guess my very favorite is the raindrops in the spider web-love that one but all of the “ice” ones are very cool!


    Comment by silken — December 6, 2008 @ 4:18 pm

  3. Sumedh,

    There has to be something about the oddities because there’s some reason you save them. I’m glad you feel the same way!


    Comment by montucky — December 6, 2008 @ 9:28 pm

  4. Silken,

    I like the web one too. If anyone saw me shooting that they would have wondered! Someone photographing a spider’s web from under an umbrella in a rain storm!


    Comment by montucky — December 6, 2008 @ 9:30 pm

  5. There are two I especially love: the blue flowers from May (gasp! how gorgeous!) and the ice on the mudpuddle from December (reminds me of when I was a child running around breaking the ice on all the puddles I could possibly find en route to school in the mornings).


    Comment by Tabbie — December 6, 2008 @ 10:25 pm

  6. Tabbie,

    In the past week or so I’ve thought so often about breaking ice on puddles when I was a kid too! Some would have water under the ice, others would be frozen clear through (those were the ones to slide on). I have to confess, I still enjoy doing that!


    Comment by montucky — December 6, 2008 @ 11:16 pm

  7. Very nice, I especially like the ice. I will have to pay closer attention to ice this winter!


    Comment by Patia — December 7, 2008 @ 1:30 am

  8. Montucky, I’m so very glad that you saved them! I especially am captivated by the last shot and also the water droplets on the spider web.


    Comment by Cedar — December 7, 2008 @ 7:36 am

  9. The water droplets on the spiderweb are gorgeous.

    But, perhaps because I’m feeling a little winter-deprived right now, I’m especially loving the ice pictures–I love the crystals in the first one and the last one is just such a pretty pattern, like jacquard fabric.


    Comment by gradschoolsara — December 7, 2008 @ 9:25 am

  10. Patia,

    Seems like there is always something captivating about ice, be it color or shape.


    Comment by montucky — December 7, 2008 @ 10:13 am

  11. Cedar,

    I suppose that’s why I saved them. I just took a quick count and found that I’ve taken about 2,000 photos since those and yet they have stayed in the back of my mind.


    Comment by montucky — December 7, 2008 @ 10:18 am

  12. Sara,

    By March, I think you will have satisfied your appetite for winter. In another month or so there will be some chances to see ice columns in the lower part of Buffalo Bill Creek canyon that I know you will enjoy. Don’t let me forget!


    Comment by montucky — December 7, 2008 @ 10:21 am

  13. The icicle looks as though it’s reflecting all the worlds which normally escape my attention. I could look at that one for a long time.


    Comment by Pinhole — December 7, 2008 @ 7:17 pm

  14. I know what you mean, Pinhole. It contains all kinds of windows for those who care to permit their imaginations to look out of them.


    Comment by montucky — December 7, 2008 @ 9:26 pm

  15. Great collection. I think these are all really great. And what an icicle that was from last winter. Wow!


    Comment by Bo — December 8, 2008 @ 11:09 pm

  16. Thanks, Bo! The “unclassified”.


    Comment by montucky — December 9, 2008 @ 9:55 am

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