Montana Outdoors

December 4, 2009

More Thompson River frost

I was going to save these shots of the frosty trees along the river, but the meteorologists are predicting a lot more frost soon (forecast is for -7° Monday), and so there will be more chances.

Thompson River frost

Thompson River frost

Thompson River frost

Thompson River frost

(These photos were taken about 36 miles upriver from Montana Highway 200.)


  1. There is something about the brown trees in with the greens ones that I find appealing.

    On another topic, it appears we are going to beat you on the snowfall front.


    Comment by burstmode — December 4, 2009 @ 7:34 am

    • The brown trees are Larch: their needles have turned color but haven’t fallen off yet. In other places they cover the ground. It seems strange to see you with snow and us with none, but I remember back in the 70’s I drove to Dallas once and arrived in the middle of a big ice storm. We’re supposed to get some snow today and tomorrow, but only a couple of inches.


      Comment by montucky — December 4, 2009 @ 9:17 am

  2. Love the mix of frost on the browns/greens.

    We finally got snow so the browns are finally white!


    Comment by Bo Mackison — December 4, 2009 @ 9:06 am

    • I’ll look forward to your photos! I missed a chance yesterday (on a fairly clear day) to get some photos of the Mission Mountains. They are quite tall and pure white at the higher elevations, but there will be many more chances I’m sure.


      Comment by montucky — December 4, 2009 @ 9:19 am

  3. Love the color combinations – so pretty.


    Comment by Stacey - Addicted to The Click — December 4, 2009 @ 10:03 am

    • It was lucky that the Larch still retained their needles, helping make the forest colorful.


      Comment by montucky — December 4, 2009 @ 12:49 pm

  4. What nice contrast in those photos! The pale orange and the shades of greens and blues…. what is that? snow? Nice special effect!


    Comment by Cedar — December 4, 2009 @ 10:06 am

    • That’s a pretty forest through there. Yes, I like the snow effect too, Cedar.


      Comment by montucky — December 4, 2009 @ 12:50 pm

  5. It certainly is that time of year again.


    Comment by scienceguy288 — December 4, 2009 @ 10:24 am

  6. Beautiful, beautiful shots !


    Comment by Barbara — December 4, 2009 @ 12:33 pm

  7. Where can I get the calendar?!! Striking and very dreamy at the same time.


    Comment by kcjewel — December 4, 2009 @ 7:19 pm

    • The trees are really pretty, aren’t they! I never get enough of them.


      Comment by montucky — December 4, 2009 @ 10:24 pm

  8. So beautiful. You are immersed in constant beauty up there! (I’ve got my flurries now.)


    Comment by Candace — December 4, 2009 @ 10:41 pm

    • Yes, there is much beauty here Candace. We are very fortunate. I’m glad you added the flurries and your photo selection made them work there too.


      Comment by montucky — December 4, 2009 @ 11:15 pm

  9. Sorry, I had the link to your blog wrong on my blog but I fixed it now.


    Comment by Candace — December 4, 2009 @ 10:48 pm

  10. Winter woods, with or without frost, are always magical.



    Comment by Malcolm — December 5, 2009 @ 10:22 am

    • They sure are. On stormy days in the winter I sometimes seek out the places where the animals go for shelter to understand a little of what that is like, knowing they have been successful doing it for thousands of years.


      Comment by montucky — December 5, 2009 @ 10:50 am

  11. These captures are absolutely beautiful! Each one is perfect in lovely colors. Wow! 🙂


    Comment by Anna Surface — December 5, 2009 @ 6:17 pm

    • Nature did a good job decorating that day, didn’t She!


      Comment by montucky — December 5, 2009 @ 10:50 pm

  12. Very beautiful!


    Comment by kateri — December 6, 2009 @ 5:02 am

  13. Another great series of landscape pictures. I really like the first two a lot! They fit the season and time of the year so well and seem to be right out of a book about winter and peacefulness.


    Comment by Maggie — December 9, 2009 @ 7:21 am

    • Thanks Maggie! Those are typical scenes from that area, unusual only because of the lack of snow (this time of year). I love being there.


      Comment by montucky — December 9, 2009 @ 9:58 am

  14. Larch heaven! These photos are dreamlike in their perfection and beauty.


    Comment by Aggie Aglaia — December 14, 2009 @ 10:13 am

    • Thanks Aggie. That day the forest just seemed to be on display.


      Comment by montucky — December 14, 2009 @ 5:45 pm

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