Montana Outdoors

February 11, 2011

Changing of the guard

Filed under: Spring, Winter — Tags: , , — montucky @ 11:35 pm

Cattail Pussy willow

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  1. Very cool close up shots! =)

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    Comment by Tricia — February 12, 2011 @ 12:29 am

  2. Nice close-ups. The pussy willow is awesome. It is reporting that times are changing.

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    Comment by sartenada — February 12, 2011 @ 2:34 am

    • It’s going to have spring whether we are ready for it or not!

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      Comment by montucky — February 12, 2011 @ 11:30 pm

  3. Pussy willows already, you guys are miles and miles in front of us. The pussy willow shot is just beautiful, and I also loved the texture in the cattail photo.

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    Comment by Bill — February 12, 2011 @ 6:29 am

    • This is a small area of western Montana that is quite sheltered by several small mountain ranges and the weather is very mild for Montana. The elevation of the valley is about 2,400 feet and the ground is mostly bare now: the mountains on each side are 7,000 feet and there is over 20 feet of snow up there. In my opinion we have the best of two worlds.

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      Comment by montucky — February 12, 2011 @ 11:35 pm

  4. Beautiful.

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    Comment by anniespickns — February 12, 2011 @ 7:13 am

  5. Great shot, I have enjoyed your photos such close ups, we tend to blur ours when we shoot close up, good flicks on this blog, thanks for sharing, lots of hugs and do stay warm.

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    Comment by Barbara — February 12, 2011 @ 8:14 am

  6. Hi Montucky, As much as I do like the infrequent snow we get here in beautiful Tennessee, I am ready for spring! Great pictures. I like the one of the cattail. We have a few areas of cattails on the lake but not immediately where I live. Have a wonderful afternoon!

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    Comment by wildlifewatcher — February 12, 2011 @ 10:46 am

    • I have always liked cattails. They grow in many places in this area and are great shelters for many species of birds.

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      Comment by montucky — February 12, 2011 @ 11:40 pm

  7. These are great close-ups! I love the pussy willow!

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    Comment by Anna — February 12, 2011 @ 11:26 am

    • Thanks Anna. The pussy willows seem to be extra pretty this year. Maybe that is a forecast for a nice spring.

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      Comment by montucky — February 12, 2011 @ 11:41 pm

  8. Works of art! The pussy willow is extraordinary with the sparkling snow behind.

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    Comment by farmhouse stories — February 12, 2011 @ 1:32 pm

    • Thanks. I liked that snow bank behind the pussy willow too!

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      Comment by montucky — February 12, 2011 @ 11:42 pm

  9. Wow! Spring is on the way. Thanks for posting these shots.

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    Comment by sandy — February 12, 2011 @ 3:59 pm

    • Well, I’m not sure all of winter is over yet, but the pussy willows are a good sign. Here though we can get snow in July too.

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      Comment by montucky — February 12, 2011 @ 11:43 pm

  10. love the change. am I getting this right…the pussy willow “blooms” in the winter? love the contrast!

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    Comment by silken — February 12, 2011 @ 4:01 pm

    • The “pussy willow” is actually the start of new buds on the willows. THey are the first to begin their new growing season in this area.

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      Comment by montucky — February 12, 2011 @ 11:44 pm

  11. Oh wow – those are amazing Terry…. so pretty!

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    Comment by Stacey Dawn — February 12, 2011 @ 7:40 pm

    • Thanks Stacey! It’s nice to see the new life cycle beginning again.

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      Comment by montucky — February 12, 2011 @ 11:45 pm

  12. Really like the close-ups. Yes, the guard is changing.

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    Comment by Jack Matthews — February 13, 2011 @ 6:44 am

    • My son and I went for a hike yesterday and it felt so good to have my boots on a trail again even though it was muddy and we had to stop at the snow line.

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      Comment by montucky — February 13, 2011 @ 9:24 pm

  13. I looove pussy willows, we used to have them in a woods behind our house when I was little. I don’t believe I’ve ever seen one in AZ, have you?

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    Comment by Candace — February 13, 2011 @ 1:58 pm

    • I don’t remember seeing them in Arizona, maybe because we didn’t get into the northern part of the state at the right time of year.

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      Comment by montucky — February 13, 2011 @ 9:26 pm

  14. Pussy willows are your promise of Spring to come. Doesn’t it just delight the heart to see thing start anew?

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    Comment by flowerweaver — February 14, 2011 @ 4:53 am

    • It does! One of my wishes for humanity is that everyone could see the re-birth of life that happens every spring in the wild country.

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      Comment by montucky — February 14, 2011 @ 7:27 pm

  15. I love the pussy willow branch. It makes me a little sad though as our willow blew over in the last but one bout of very strong winds. I loved the furry little buds!

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    Comment by Val Erde — February 16, 2011 @ 7:14 am

    • We have willows on our place, but these were down by the river and were much more robust.

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      Comment by montucky — February 16, 2011 @ 10:58 am

  16. Pussy willows–one of the first signs of spring. Love both the photos–nice contrast.

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    Comment by kateri — February 19, 2011 @ 7:14 am

    • The pussy willows are under another coat of snow tonight. Our spring here has been put off by at least several weeks; heading for sub-zeros again in a few days.

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      Comment by montucky — February 19, 2011 @ 7:52 pm

  17. Exquisite duo, an enchanting sign of Spring to come. Slowly but surely it is arriving here. Snowdrops already ! Love those pictures.

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    Comment by isathreadsoflife — February 25, 2011 @ 3:17 am

    • Today we are in a relapse back into winter, but next week perhaps we will get back on the road toward spring again.

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      Comment by montucky — February 25, 2011 @ 7:57 pm


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