Montana Outdoors

December 20, 2009

Ranch pond

Filed under: Fog, Montana, Nature, Outdoors — Tags: , , , — montucky @ 11:08 pm

On a short hike today the fog began to close in rapidly causing me to cut the hike short. As I returned to where I had parked, I was drawn to the colors of a willow tree (to the left in the first photo) that grows beside a pond on a ranch at the bottom of the canyon, and I decided to venture down near it for a photo.


Upon taking that photo, I was drawn to the tree in about the center of the photo and framed it for another shot which I liked even better than the first. Something about the fog…


There is always a beautiful scene (or one that I consider so) awaiting those who pass by.



  1. How I love stopping by woods with you on a snowy evening! (Even if I have miles to go before I sleep!) (Robert Frost) Happy Solstice!


    Comment by Maureen — December 21, 2009 @ 9:08 am

    • I love that poem too. Happy solstice to you too! This is one of my favorite days, knowing that the days will now be getting longer and the return of Spring is closer.


      Comment by montucky — December 21, 2009 @ 9:52 am

  2. Oh, she beat me to it! I love that poem. I like the second composition, too. Might need a tad more exposure to brighten the white snow. Though, with the gray sky, this might be fine. Only you know for sure, Terry. šŸ™‚


    Comment by Scott Thomas Photography — December 21, 2009 @ 9:26 am

    • I agree Scott, I would like the foreground snow a little brighter but when I lighten it I lose some of what I like about the tree. To get the shot I used some zoom rather than move closer and try the strength of the ice which didn’t seem like a good plan. Perhaps the lens picked up more of the fog (a guess).


      Comment by montucky — December 21, 2009 @ 9:59 am

  3. The fog produces great deapth, makes me want to go see what is beyond the next bend.


    Comment by DaveABirding — December 21, 2009 @ 10:15 am

    • I know exactly what you mean, Dave. I’ve hiked for miles doing just that myself.


      Comment by montucky — December 21, 2009 @ 5:31 pm

  4. I prefer the first photo–very nice–with the fog in the far background!


    Comment by Barbara — December 21, 2009 @ 12:11 pm

    • The timing was lucky because in another half hour, the fog had taken over the whole scene.


      Comment by montucky — December 21, 2009 @ 5:36 pm

  5. Oh yeah… that would have definitely have caught my eye too! Don’t you just love those “gotta have” moments!


    Comment by Stacey - Addicted to The Click — December 21, 2009 @ 1:35 pm

    • I do love them. I seldom go out looking for something to shoot, instead I just wander around and explore and if something does that then I go for it. It’s amazing how often it happens.


      Comment by montucky — December 21, 2009 @ 5:38 pm

  6. Wow! When I saw these photos reveal as the page loaded, I said wow! LOL These are beautiful! The tree and fog truly sets the images off with a pop. I love the top photo.


    Comment by Anna Surface — December 21, 2009 @ 5:50 pm

  7. You do always have a beautiful scene where you pass by.


    Comment by Candace — December 23, 2009 @ 2:12 am

    • Part of the is just the awesome wonder of the natural world I think, Candace.


      Comment by montucky — December 23, 2009 @ 10:09 am

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