Montana Outdoors

November 8, 2009

Winter moss

Spring Creek

This is the time of year when the winter mosses put on their bright green clothes and play by the water. These are beneath the tall cedars in the Spring Creek canyon.



  1. Fabulous shot! Stunning composition. Well done T.



    Comment by Jeff Lynch — November 8, 2009 @ 7:44 pm

  2. Terry, This is absolutely beautiful! Magical……


    Comment by Maureen — November 8, 2009 @ 8:04 pm

    • Thanks Maureen. This was about a mile up the trail, but the trail head is only 5 miles from home.


      Comment by montucky — November 8, 2009 @ 9:07 pm

  3. That is stunning. I find it very hard to photograph moving water. Both the moss and the little water fall are beautiful!


    Comment by kateri — November 8, 2009 @ 8:50 pm

    • Thanks kateri. Moving water is a challenge that I enjoy. It’s a little easier to do here because there are some deep canyons that have low light conditions which make it easier to use slow shutter speeds without special filters. This was shot at 1 second @ f32, ISO 800 with -2/3EV. The day was all overcast with just a trace of light snow in the air.


      Comment by montucky — November 8, 2009 @ 9:19 pm

  4. I love moss! Especially that shade of green moss! So pretty…and the softness of the water is so soothing…


    Comment by Stacey - Addicted to The Click — November 8, 2009 @ 8:51 pm

    • I love the moss too. In summer, this is a cool place to visit on a hot afternoon: this time of year, down right cold, but always pretty. The canyon is wild enough that it’s very quiet there.


      Comment by montucky — November 8, 2009 @ 9:23 pm

  5. PS: Thanks for your comments and concern over Doogie! I appreciate them so much!


    Comment by Stacey - Addicted to The Click — November 8, 2009 @ 8:52 pm

    • I love dogs Stacey, and wish I had more of their good qualities myself.


      Comment by montucky — November 8, 2009 @ 9:30 pm

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  7. Beautiful! I really like the blue and green hues in this capture and the waterfall is gorgeous! Don’t you love the smell and ‘sting’ of a trace of light snow in the air? I do! 🙂


    Comment by Anna Surface — November 9, 2009 @ 8:59 am

    • Yes, I do love being outdoors when it’s snowing. We haven’t had much in the valleys so far this year and I’m rather looking forward to it even though it is a mixed blessing for me. It’s beautiful and necessary, but it keeps me from getting to many of my favorite trail heads.


      Comment by montucky — November 9, 2009 @ 9:14 am

  8. I took a class in bryophytes. Very interesting and essential living things. In the early spring and winter is when we notice them the most though they are they all the time.

    They do give color during times when most of the color is gone.


    Comment by Scott Thomas Photography — November 9, 2009 @ 9:30 am

    • They really are interesting. I look forward to their bright greens every winter.


      Comment by montucky — November 9, 2009 @ 8:52 pm

  9. Absolutely fantastico!! A very beautiful shot!!


    Comment by Barbara — November 9, 2009 @ 12:29 pm

  10. Beautiful shot Terry, that is a image after my own heart, I just love moving water !!


    Comment by Bernie Kasper — November 9, 2009 @ 2:58 pm

    • I like it too, Bernie. These little streams are also so vital to the life of the wild country and wonderful to listen to.


      Comment by montucky — November 9, 2009 @ 8:54 pm

  11. one of my favorites shots you have done!! just exquisite.


    Comment by kcjewel — November 9, 2009 @ 7:25 pm

  12. Beautiful white spray and truly love the green moss.


    Comment by Preston Surface — November 9, 2009 @ 7:35 pm

  13. Gotta love the green on the icy light blue. I recently have been playing around with some of the settings on my camera. Not nearly as nice as your photos, but I was pleased.


    Comment by scienceguy288 — November 9, 2009 @ 8:27 pm

    • It’s fun, isn’t it! I keep experimenting with many of the settings. There’s a lot to keep one interested!


      Comment by montucky — November 9, 2009 @ 8:57 pm

  14. How sweet is that silky waterfall, and the moss – extra bonus points to the photog on this one! 🙂


    Comment by Bo Mackison — November 9, 2009 @ 11:11 pm

    • Thanks Bo. Scenes like this one make hiking the canyons extra pleasant.


      Comment by montucky — November 10, 2009 @ 10:04 am

  15. Very nice. The bright green moss add a wonderful touch. Just wish that branch wasn’t in the frame but that’s nature as we find it!


    Comment by edvatza — November 10, 2009 @ 5:30 am

    • The branches bothered me too, and sometimes I am able to move a few, but most of the time not. Most of our canyons have a lot of branches, tree duff and fallen logs in them, but I think that’s ultimately what makes them work. I do envy many of the beautiful scenes I see from the east where the forest looks as though it was recently groomed. That seldom is the case here.


      Comment by montucky — November 10, 2009 @ 10:09 am

  16. I’d prefer my forests un-groomed. I don;t mind that nature looks natural and not as if it’s ready for a glamor magazine shot.


    Comment by Bo Mackison — November 10, 2009 @ 2:13 pm

    • Our forests after all, are what they are. The elements vary so much from area to area. I’ve seen closely tended areas that look and indeed are, completely sterile, and also other areas that are so thick that they are impenetrable: neither extreme is completely comfortable.


      Comment by montucky — November 10, 2009 @ 7:49 pm

  17. What glorious colors and the water looks amazing. I guess the few times I’ve shot running water, I’ve used too fast a shutter. Sometimes I like the stop action look but this is really better since it’s more “true.”


    Comment by Candace — November 11, 2009 @ 10:43 pm

    • This was shot at 1 second at f32. I think I could have used a little faster shutter speed.


      Comment by montucky — November 11, 2009 @ 11:15 pm

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