Montana Outdoors

March 24, 2009


Filed under: Fog, Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, Photos, Pictures — montucky @ 11:56 am

Somehow this photo from the fog we had the other day continues to haunt me and so I decided to post it. (I think it’s the little tree about in the center.)



  1. The little tree is trying to survive, …it’s neighbors are withered and nearly dead,… there is snow on the ground, and rocky soil perhaps, but it appears to have a bloom of buds?


    Comment by Cedar — March 24, 2009 @ 2:45 pm

    • Yes, It’s starting to bud out. It will soon be a nice light green contrast to the darker pines.


      Comment by montucky — March 24, 2009 @ 6:10 pm

  2. The multiple colors make it hauntingling beautiful!


    Comment by Ellen — March 24, 2009 @ 2:49 pm

    • Thanks Ellen. The fog seemed to deepen the colors and highlight them.


      Comment by montucky — March 24, 2009 @ 6:11 pm

  3. Hi Montucky – I love this photo – the gradient of colour, the vertical of the trees in the background, the horizontal of the river, and of course the ‘little’ tree in the midst of it all – just beautiful.


    Comment by connie — March 24, 2009 @ 3:00 pm

    • Thanks Connie. When I come across a scene like that I’m always grateful to have happened along!


      Comment by montucky — March 24, 2009 @ 6:13 pm

  4. This is awesome! Beautiful, beautiful shot!


    Comment by Sumedh Prasad — March 24, 2009 @ 3:21 pm

  5. Great picture, one I want to keep looking at.


    Comment by Lillie — March 24, 2009 @ 4:09 pm

    • Thanks Lillie. That’s kind of how the scene affected me too. Nature set quite a stage!


      Comment by montucky — March 24, 2009 @ 6:15 pm

  6. Oh, it’s lovely.


    Comment by Patia — March 24, 2009 @ 4:34 pm

    • Thanks Patia! Seems like there’s always something worthwhile along the Clark Fork!


      Comment by montucky — March 24, 2009 @ 6:16 pm

  7. Looks like a fine painting..


    Comment by SuzieQ — March 24, 2009 @ 5:44 pm

    • I’d bet a painter could do something very nice and have fun with that scene.


      Comment by montucky — March 24, 2009 @ 6:17 pm

  8. Terry, that is one remarkable photograph. And people claim photography isn’t art. Hogwash!

    I think part of the appeal is the red in the foreground. But the whole thing is really quite ethereal.


    Comment by Bo — March 24, 2009 @ 6:56 pm

    • Thank you Bo. Being able, upon occasion, to encounter scenes like this is one of the reasons I spend so much time outdoors. This time I was fortunate to be able to catch it with the camera.


      Comment by montucky — March 24, 2009 @ 7:10 pm

  9. I think Bo hit it on the head with the word ethereal. There is something ethereal in this image. And I wouldn’t underestimate the power of the fog to set the mood in a image. Well done.


    Comment by edvatza — March 25, 2009 @ 3:07 am

    • Fog can sure set a mood, but it’s often really hard to photograph in it. Our river fogs here though shift so much, with patience and lots of luck there are sometimes opportunities.


      Comment by montucky — March 25, 2009 @ 8:54 am

  10. Ethereal is the word, for sure. How very beautiful. Lovely deep colors and the fog in the scene seems to imply, perhaps, time captured for a moment (I don’t know if that makes sense). 🙂


    Comment by Anna Surface — March 25, 2009 @ 6:01 am

    • Fog always creates emotions for me, especially if the sun can break through slightly. It’s a peek-a-boo sort of thing.


      Comment by montucky — March 25, 2009 @ 8:56 am

  11. This photo looks like it has something odd and supernatural going on. It would haunt me, too.



    Comment by knightofswords — March 25, 2009 @ 8:15 am

    • Maybe we’re reminded of some of the scenes from A. Conan Doyle. We don’t have a moor around here, but the river creates scenes of mystery too.


      Comment by montucky — March 25, 2009 @ 8:59 am

  12. I went back to stare at this again because it’s so pretty and something caught my eye, it’s probably a piece of wood but is that a deer or some animal at the base of that middle tree that you pointed out in the picture?


    Comment by Ellen — March 25, 2009 @ 9:22 am

    • You have a good eye, Ellen! I saw that too, and when I looked at the original size, I saw that it was just the trunk of a downed tree. However, just to the right of it and up a bit is a white-tail grazing, facing to the right with her back slightly turned. I considered that to be a bonus!


      Comment by montucky — March 25, 2009 @ 9:47 am

  13. that is haunting, but in a good way


    Comment by silken — March 25, 2009 @ 4:02 pm

  14. It’s beautiful yet magical in a very special Dr. Seuss way! I almost expect to see Yertle at any moment!


    Comment by Tabbie — March 25, 2009 @ 10:33 pm

    • I hadn’t thought of that, Tabbie, but I bet Yertle is ready to enter, stage right!


      Comment by montucky — March 26, 2009 @ 7:53 am

  15. Have to join all this people who are admiring your photograph,this is Great work …wonderful example how light transforms landscape


    Comment by Robert Burcul — March 26, 2009 @ 4:30 am

    • Thanks, Robert. Light can be such a fleeting thing and means so much in photography.


      Comment by montucky — March 26, 2009 @ 7:54 am

  16. there is whispering going on in the woods. it’s a magical photo that speaks to the viewer… i hear it!


    Comment by kcjewel — March 27, 2009 @ 6:19 pm

    • That did seem to be a magical moment, with the fog drifting and the sunlight peeking through. I love times like that!


      Comment by montucky — March 27, 2009 @ 6:52 pm

  17. Oh, my *goodness* that’s a beautiful picture!!

    I’m playing a little bit of hooky from work for a few minutes–I’m doing all pollution articles today and needed a beauty break, so I came over to your blog. 😀 And you didn’t disappoint at all. This is *heavenly*!

    I want to watch over your shoulder as you go through your pictures on your computer and learn from you.



    Comment by gradschoolsara — March 31, 2009 @ 1:11 pm

    • I’m glad you liked it! Hope you’re getting all caught up!


      Comment by montucky — March 31, 2009 @ 3:13 pm

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