Montana Outdoors

November 4, 2009

A little tree beside the road

Filed under: Autumn, Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, Photos, Pictures, Trees — montucky @ 8:24 pm

Years ago (who knows how many?) someone threw a pear core out beside the road and from its seeds a small tree has grown there, attended only by nature and her seasons. I pass that place often and the other day as I passed, the gold of its autumn leaves seemed especially attractive.

Pear leaves in Fall

I remembered then how much I liked its spring dress in April too and found in my archives a photo I had taken then.

Pear blossoms in Spring

The little tree has had a good year and has quietly brought a little more beauty to the world.


  1. very pretty. does it produce fruit?

    I remember we were once at Sonic with my daughter and her friend. her friend noticed a tomato plant growing in front of where the picnic tables were. sure enough it was. I guess someone threw the tomato off their burger and the plant grew right there!


    Comment by silken — November 4, 2009 @ 8:42 pm

    • I have not seen fruit on it. It’s still not very large yet though.

      Isn’t it amazing how strong the will to live is in the plant world!


      Comment by montucky — November 4, 2009 @ 8:53 pm

  2. Great shots Terry, nature always seems to find a way doesn’t it !


    Comment by Bernie Kasper — November 4, 2009 @ 9:01 pm

    • Perhaps because I’m getting older now, I more clearly see just how much life means to the members of the natural world. The plants do some incredible things to flourish against what seem to be tremendous odds.


      Comment by montucky — November 4, 2009 @ 10:13 pm

  3. I was thinking that the other day…how sometimes you don’t notice just one tree when there are several there but each one does its own part to make the world more beautiful. That’s a pretty little tree, a “volunteer.”


    Comment by Candace — November 4, 2009 @ 9:48 pm

    • Exactly, Candace, each one doing its own part. Trees are simply incredible. The western larches for example, can live up to 800 years. Some of the ones still living here were over a hundred feet tall when Columbus first landed on this soil. How I admire them!


      Comment by montucky — November 4, 2009 @ 10:17 pm

  4. Oh yes…isn’t it wonderful that we have trees to blossom in spring and again in autumn with their gorgeous colors!


    Comment by Stacey - Addicted to The Click — November 4, 2009 @ 11:41 pm

    • And they give us fruit too: and one of my favorite things, shelter from severe weather. I’ve spent many pleasant hours under the shelter of trees during driving rains or heavy snow.


      Comment by montucky — November 5, 2009 @ 9:59 pm

  5. How lovely!


    Comment by kateri — November 5, 2009 @ 4:42 am

  6. Beautiful images of comparison. I love the leaves! How neat to watch this strong little sapling grow. I agree with your comment, Montucky, that trees are simply incredible. 🙂


    Comment by Anna Surface — November 5, 2009 @ 9:26 am

    • This one is rather special to me. It has defied many odds and grows where it really shouldn’t and yet adds a little beauty to the world. You have to admire that.


      Comment by montucky — November 5, 2009 @ 10:01 pm

  7. Really like the “shine” on the leaves. Well captured, Terry.


    Comment by edvatza — November 5, 2009 @ 8:29 pm

    • The shine caught my attention right away. They looked as though someone had waxed and buffed them.


      Comment by montucky — November 5, 2009 @ 10:03 pm

  8. Not, if life were like some of the police and other investigative TV shows, a forensic team could study the site and those pix and learn who threw that core out the window.



    Comment by knightofswords — November 6, 2009 @ 7:28 am

    • And spend a lot of time and money in the process while ignoring the real issues that need attention.


      Comment by montucky — November 6, 2009 @ 10:23 am

  9. The story of life, we repeat over and over and over.


    Comment by Bo Mackison — November 6, 2009 @ 9:37 am

    • As far as I can tell, that’s about all of the stability there is left.


      Comment by montucky — November 6, 2009 @ 10:23 am

  10. beautiful color and detail in the little vols leaves.


    Comment by kcjewel — November 6, 2009 @ 8:28 pm

    • It’s a rather unusual color for around here, but I liked it.


      Comment by montucky — November 6, 2009 @ 10:58 pm

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