Montana Outdoors

November 16, 2010

Final bursts of color

Filed under: Flowers — Tags: — montucky @ 9:07 pm

Yesterday, the forecast was for a heavy snow during the night, but a quick look at the rain gauge this morning showed that we received an inch of rain instead. And near the rain gauge the Pansies were covered with raindrops.

November Pansy

Tonight, the previous forecast seems to be coming true: the ground and trees are white and the air is filled with beautiful big snowflakes.

Snow on pine

(Photo taken at about 10PM.)


  1. Beautiful!!!


    Comment by Roberta Gould — November 16, 2010 @ 9:52 pm

    • Thanks Roberta. It’s about 10PM here now and the flower is resting under a blanket of fresh snow.


      Comment by montucky — November 16, 2010 @ 11:10 pm

  2. Exquisitely beautiful. Absolutely love the light in the night image. WOW!


    Comment by Marcie — November 17, 2010 @ 6:49 am

    • Thanks Marcie. The illumination was from our yard light. Exposure: f5.3 @ 1/4 second ISO 200.


      Comment by montucky — November 17, 2010 @ 2:24 pm

  3. Such a contrast in photos — summer and winter in one day. Your pansy photo is a stunner. Such detail! And your pine tree looks like it’s flocked and ready for Christmas decorations!


    Comment by Robin — November 17, 2010 @ 7:12 am

    • I liked the contrast too. This morning everything looked like it was flocked. The snow was wet and sticky and now it is rapidly melting.


      Comment by montucky — November 17, 2010 @ 2:26 pm

  4. Nature is a wonder and you captured so beautifully some of its amazing changes and details. Thank you.


    Comment by isathreadsoflife — November 17, 2010 @ 7:24 am

    • Thanks isathreadsoflife. Yes, Nature always has something wonderful to see.


      Comment by montucky — November 17, 2010 @ 2:28 pm

  5. Hi Montucky, Ohh, Ahh! The vividness of that ruby red gem-like image! I am awed by that night-time image as well. Great camera work! Have a super nice Wednesday!


    Comment by wildlifewatcher — November 17, 2010 @ 9:10 am

    • Thanks wildlifewatcher. There were pretty scenes yesterday.


      Comment by montucky — November 17, 2010 @ 2:32 pm

  6. both of these are beautiful!


    Comment by silken — November 17, 2010 @ 11:09 am

  7. Great shot of the tree!


    Comment by Daveabirding — November 17, 2010 @ 11:18 am

    • Thanks Dave. I wasn’t sure how that one would turn out.


      Comment by montucky — November 17, 2010 @ 2:33 pm

  8. Oohhhhh the pansies are so pretty drenched in rain…

    Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow! =)


    Comment by Tricia — November 17, 2010 @ 12:21 pm

    • We ended up with about 3 inches of the white stuff. The forecast says more on the way in a few days.


      Comment by montucky — November 17, 2010 @ 2:34 pm

  9. The tree is perfect. You don’t often see flowers and snow in the same post.


    Comment by Sandy — November 17, 2010 @ 3:52 pm

    • The photos were taken about 14 hours apart. This is the kind of weather that can get back country travelers in trouble.


      Comment by montucky — November 17, 2010 @ 4:41 pm

  10. Snow already? We actually had a few flakes today and i truly mean a few. The photograph of the tree makes me want to walk in a winter wonderland. I’ll be ready for spring right after the walk! ; )


    Comment by kcjewel — November 17, 2010 @ 8:28 pm

    • For a few hours this morning it did look like a wonderland, but then much of the snow melted. More snow is expected as well as some Arctic air next week. Hope it doesn’t get as far as KC! After a bout with sub-zeros, I’ll be ready for spring too!


      Comment by montucky — November 17, 2010 @ 8:32 pm

  11. So the other flower in the snow is a pansy. I love the color. It is even prettier covered with the raindrops.


    Comment by kateri — November 17, 2010 @ 8:41 pm

    • Yes, we have quite a few pansies still blooming, even after a dozen nights in the 20’s. This one is the largest and I think the prettiest. At times it even looks black.


      Comment by montucky — November 17, 2010 @ 8:51 pm

  12. Outstanding. The flower with raindrops is lovely and vivid. Snow, indeed. We had snow yesterday afternoon that came down in fat clumps.


    Comment by Anna — November 18, 2010 @ 6:49 am

    • Most of that snow has now melted, but this weekend we will be getting into sub-zero temps and perhaps a bunch of snow along with it.


      Comment by montucky — November 18, 2010 @ 7:16 pm

  13. Gorgeous! Love the 2nd photo!!


    Comment by Barbara — November 18, 2010 @ 11:20 am

    • That’s a pine about 30 years old that lives in our back yard. It seems to be in a perfect location to be decorated whenever a good snow comes in.


      Comment by montucky — November 18, 2010 @ 7:19 pm

  14. Nothing like getting a few shots as winter decides to move in.


    Comment by knightofswords — November 18, 2010 @ 7:57 pm

  15. OMG. Two very different photos, but not photos whatsoever!

    First photo stopped me for long time to admire it. Fantastic.


    Comment by sartenada — November 19, 2010 @ 12:10 am

    • That was an interesting day; a very sudden change in the landscape!


      Comment by montucky — November 19, 2010 @ 1:01 am

  16. Two stunning captures! What a contrast between the two days.


    Comment by victry1 — November 19, 2010 @ 7:03 am

    • Yes, that was quite a turn in the weather in a short time. I had hoped for more snow though.


      Comment by montucky — November 19, 2010 @ 10:39 am

  17. Wow! Those are amazing photos, montucky. I love the water droplets on the flower and the rich colours.


    Comment by Cait — November 20, 2010 @ 11:03 am

    • That was about the peak of that flower’s bloom, and also the last of it. Our temperatures will be in the -10F range for the next several days. I’m glad I caught it when I did!


      Comment by montucky — November 20, 2010 @ 8:05 pm

  18. The raindrops on the pansies are gorgeous and so is the snow on the pine. Almost gets me in the holiday mood.


    Comment by Candace — November 20, 2010 @ 12:00 pm

    • Well, there’s always winter in the Flagstaff area. I heard that Prescott Valley will be getting snow tonight. I don’t know if it’s still possible, but we used to get a Forest Service permit to cut a Christmas tree north of Payson and that got our holiday spirit started.


      Comment by montucky — November 20, 2010 @ 8:08 pm

  19. I couldn’t resist commenting. Perfectly written!


    Comment by wohnzimmer einrichtung modern — November 6, 2015 @ 11:38 am

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