Montana Outdoors

September 16, 2009

Where does time go?

A few minutes ago it was July:

Showy milkweed

Suddenly it is September:

Showy milkweed seed pods

Showy milkweed seed

Showy milkweed seed

Showy milkweed seed

Showy Milkweed
Asclepias speciosa


  1. That noise you can hear is my furnace running! ACK,…. it’s that chilly here already. Yes,.. where DID the summer go?


    Comment by Cedar — September 16, 2009 @ 5:04 pm

    • Sounds like your summer left before ours did this year. We’ve had a few nights in the 30’s, but today was 89. This might be one of those years when we have a long Indian summer then drop right below freezing all at once.


      Comment by montucky — September 16, 2009 @ 6:26 pm

  2. That last photo is so pretty. It looks like one of those fiber optic (is that what they are called?), Christmas trees, but just about ten thousand times prettier!


    Comment by kateri — September 16, 2009 @ 6:08 pm

    • My wife also said they reminded her of the fiber optic Christmas lights. I know they have a very utilitarian purpose, but besides that they sure are pretty! When I saw them this morning I was happy that I made the hike down to the river (they are right on the bank).


      Comment by montucky — September 16, 2009 @ 6:30 pm

  3. Wow! You have outdone your self this time! My favorite is the third one down. Amazing flower, amazing capture!


    Comment by Lillie — September 16, 2009 @ 6:56 pm

    • They are amazing, aren’t they! I wouldn’t think that flower would go through that kind of transformation.


      Comment by montucky — September 16, 2009 @ 8:12 pm

  4. I’m lovin that 3rd one, too! I’m hoping we don’t have to turn the furnance on here til at least November!


    Comment by Stacey - Addicted to The Click — September 16, 2009 @ 7:35 pm

    • You might make it ’till November. This is supposed to be a dry warm winter around here. We haven’t needed a fire yet, though a few nights have been a little cool.


      Comment by montucky — September 16, 2009 @ 8:21 pm

  5. Nice pictures. The year has gone by quickly. Soon you’ll be bringing us snow pictures.



    Comment by knightofswords — September 17, 2009 @ 7:53 pm

    • Too quickly, Malcolm, and the snow will be too soon this year I think. Perhaps I should become a migratory animal!


      Comment by montucky — September 17, 2009 @ 9:25 pm

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    Comment by The Daily Reviewer — September 17, 2009 @ 9:05 pm

  7. Wow! What wonderful shots! Truly amazing and splendiferous! Makes a very showing exit doesn’t it? Lovely. I’d consider framing a couple of these. 😀


    Comment by Iona — September 17, 2009 @ 11:20 pm

    • “Making a showing exit” is a great way to put it, Iona! It certainly does!


      Comment by montucky — September 18, 2009 @ 6:39 pm

  8. Because I don’t generally read the comments of others before I comment, I completely missed out on the award for which you have been selected. What do they do, give you an “award badge” to place on your blog? It is fantastic that they have chosen your work to honor. Way to go, Terry! Congratulations.

    Incidentally, there is a place any of you may like to visit. The Writer’s Digest is the “bible for writers” or wannabe writers. I purchase it and receive a newsletter online. This recently came to me. It is for photographs, not writing. Check it out (If the line breaks, copy/paste it to your browser):


    Comment by Iona — September 17, 2009 @ 11:33 pm

    • Yes, it’s a badge. Perhaps I’ll figure out how to put it on the blog: in the mean time, I do appreciate it!


      Comment by montucky — September 18, 2009 @ 6:47 pm

  9. Yes, where does the time go. This feels so much like the lost summer for me. Those individual seeds images are outstanding, Terry. Really nicely done!


    Comment by edvatza — September 18, 2009 @ 4:21 am

    • You have had a lot going on this summer, Ed. I have too for some reason; not the stuff I’d prefer, but necessary. We need two consecutive summers this year!


      Comment by montucky — September 18, 2009 @ 6:49 pm

  10. They are showy…and very pretty and unusual.


    Comment by Candace — September 20, 2009 @ 12:01 am

    • I just recently understood which seeds went with the blossoms on this plant. A little surprising.


      Comment by montucky — September 21, 2009 @ 8:27 pm

  11. I love the showy milkweed photos – an early Christmas show right down by the river! 🙂


    Comment by Maureen — September 20, 2009 @ 7:54 pm

    • The seeds would make good ornaments if one could figure out how to use them. I think though I’ll jsut admire them where they are.


      Comment by montucky — September 21, 2009 @ 8:30 pm

  12. July. BOOM! September. It really did happen just that fast!

    All of your milkweed shots are fantastic, but that last one is a spectacle extraordinaire!

    I’m so pleased Tabbie had you listed as part of the blogroll over at the Garden. You’ve earned yourself a new fan.


    Comment by Aggie Aglaia — September 25, 2009 @ 9:06 pm

    • Thanks for visiting, Aggie! I’m very pleased that you are now resuming Tabbie’s blog site and I will visit often.


      Comment by montucky — September 25, 2009 @ 10:36 pm

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