Montana Outdoors

December 12, 2010

Midnight Fir

Filed under: Winter — montucky @ 7:15 pm

For a few hours last night, before it began to rain, several inches of snow fell. As I waited for the coals in the wood stove to burn down enough to permit reloading it for the night I turned on an outside light to watch the snow and noticed that there was a fresh layer of snow on a branch of the Fir tree near the house and at the edge of the window an old brass wind chime looked like it was a bell hanging on the tree.

Winter fir



  1. Beautiful, just beautiful.


    Comment by kcjewel — December 12, 2010 @ 9:27 pm

    • Thanks! I know it’s an unusual scene, but something about it attracted me to it.


      Comment by montucky — December 12, 2010 @ 10:08 pm

  2. It does look like that, how cool. Your night shots always seem to be exposed just right.


    Comment by Candace — December 12, 2010 @ 10:42 pm

    • Thanks Candace! Nikon does a great job deciding on the correct exposure. This was 14 seconds @ f.20, ISO 200 with my normal presets. I love this camera!


      Comment by montucky — December 12, 2010 @ 11:01 pm

  3. I thought it was a bell at first.. cool – nice shot Terry! Hope you all stay warm!


    Comment by Stacey Dawn — December 12, 2010 @ 11:41 pm

    • Thanks Stacey. Right now it’s too warm for here this time of year. Supposed to cool off an snow again now though.


      Comment by montucky — December 13, 2010 @ 11:32 pm

  4. That is a breathtaking photo! I want to be inside it.


    Comment by Roberta Warshaw — December 13, 2010 @ 7:37 am

  5. Seeing is a gift. Seeing what you saw, a greater gift. Thank you, Terry!


    Comment by Scott Thomas Photography — December 13, 2010 @ 7:48 am

  6. This is so lovely. The comp is wonderful. And the colors are so rich and inviting. Perfect!


    Comment by Robin — December 13, 2010 @ 7:57 am

  7. The snow sure is pretty on all that green, nice contrast!


    Comment by Tricia — December 13, 2010 @ 1:52 pm

  8. The snow looks fake! 😀


    Comment by Juls — December 13, 2010 @ 3:41 pm

  9. Just as I finished reading this, snow began to fall..

    That shot came out so well, and I love that wind bell.


    Comment by sandy — December 13, 2010 @ 4:32 pm

    • I was pleased with the image: you never quite know, but it’s worth a try!


      Comment by montucky — December 13, 2010 @ 11:44 pm

  10. Hi Montucky, Wow! What a beautiful shot! So interesting with that chime positioned as it was. Thanks for the holiday spirit! Have a great Tues. tomorrow & stay warm.


    Comment by wildlifewatcher — December 13, 2010 @ 5:56 pm

    • Thanks wildlifewatcher! Hope you have a great day too, and that it won’t be too cold!


      Comment by montucky — December 13, 2010 @ 11:45 pm

  11. Beautiful photo. I love the wind chime!


    Comment by kateri — December 13, 2010 @ 9:52 pm

    • Thanks kateri! That chime has been around since the 70’s. It doesn’t usually get much attention in winter.


      Comment by montucky — December 13, 2010 @ 11:46 pm

  12. This is beautiful…. so lovely together of the old wind chime and fire tree branch with snow. Love this!


    Comment by Anna — December 14, 2010 @ 8:58 am

    • I liked the scene, but had mixed thoughts about posting the photo. Finally decided it looked like an unusual sill life.


      Comment by montucky — December 14, 2010 @ 10:38 am

  13. nice midnight scene!


    Comment by silken — December 16, 2010 @ 7:45 am

  14. Such an exquisitely beautiful winter detail!


    Comment by Marcie — December 16, 2010 @ 3:00 pm

  15. Black, white and green, they are magical colors of Your nice photo. I love it.


    Comment by sartenada — December 16, 2010 @ 11:32 pm

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