Montana Outdoors

November 19, 2011


Filed under: Winter — Tags: , — montucky @ 11:19 am

Decorated fir cone

Rudolph's nose


  1. Lovely shots but what is the red object?


    Comment by Barbara — November 19, 2011 @ 11:47 am

    • Thanks Barbara. While I was storing some other stuff away for the winter I got out a lighted reindeer for the holiday season and set him on the deck. I thought the new snow on his nose made a pretty contrast.


      Comment by montucky — November 19, 2011 @ 1:01 pm

  2. so pretty


    Comment by Homestead Ramblings — November 19, 2011 @ 12:31 pm

  3. The first picture is exquisite! I love seeing the tiny crystals in the snowflakes. The second one is fun and quirky! Looks like Rudolph forgot to turn his nose on and melt the snow away. 😀


    Comment by Mama's Empty Nest — November 19, 2011 @ 1:15 pm

    • That’s a fir cone on a tree right near the house. It was planted as a seedling by one of my aunts probably in the late 40’s and now is about 70 feet tall. Rudolph won’t be lit up until after Thanks Giving and then he will stand on the rail of the deck in front of the house. We keep him lit all night to provide a little warmth and cheer for any winter travelers.


      Comment by montucky — November 20, 2011 @ 12:07 am

  4. Now, all you need is a few icicles and some strings of popcorn.


    Comment by knightofswords — November 19, 2011 @ 1:34 pm

    • The popcorn will come later but there are pretty good sized icicles hanging from the roof right now. Large enough that I’ll have to know down the larger ones tomorrow.


      Comment by montucky — November 20, 2011 @ 12:08 am

  5. Snow is such magic. The few times we’ve had snow here, the contrast between the tropical foliage and the beautiful flakes has been absolutely compelling. I’m hoping for at least one snow this year – not only for sights like this, but for the excitement of smelling its coming!


    Comment by shoreacres — November 19, 2011 @ 1:46 pm

    • I hope you do get that one snow! I’ve seen snow for many, many years and yet it still seems like magic when it falls. During a heavy snowfall I just have to get out in it and walk for several hours just enjoying it. I realize that rain and snow (which is even more complex in its working) are part of the magic that allows us to live on this planet and I have a reverence for both and the ecosystems that they support, which in turn preserve and provide the water that is so vital to us.


      Comment by montucky — November 20, 2011 @ 12:14 am

  6. Love snow, but not 6 months of it. Pretty to look at up close though.
    Montucky, have you ever macro’d individual snowflakes?


    Comment by Kim — November 19, 2011 @ 2:33 pm

    • Well, I think part of January and most of February are the hard part of winter. I haven’t tried to macro individual flakes but I intend to try some time this winter. I’ve been thinking about it already.


      Comment by montucky — November 20, 2011 @ 12:15 am

  7. You definitely are greeted earlier than some of us with the white delight..


    Comment by Roberta — November 19, 2011 @ 3:19 pm

    • This is quite normal for us here, a fairly heavy snow and a visit from the Arctic air before Thanksgiving. After that it usually warms up a bit until just before Christmas.


      Comment by montucky — November 20, 2011 @ 12:17 am

  8. And so it begins…I wouldn’t have known what the red object was either. I can’t believe (once again) that the holidays are upon us and it’s almost time to get out all the Christmas decorations.


    Comment by Candace — November 19, 2011 @ 4:29 pm

    • The holidays have come before I was ready this year too. Strange, too, because I was quite well prepared for the onset of winter, just not the holiday season. Well, the snow and cold here will get the holiday mood going! I sure did like Christmas shopping better in Arizona. Her we have to drive 80 miles to the nearest city to shop and with icy roads that can get tiresome.


      Comment by montucky — November 20, 2011 @ 12:20 am



        Comment by Candace — November 20, 2011 @ 3:13 am

        • We do shop online for some things, but for most I like to see more than just a photo of what I’m getting. So much merchandise these days is over priced and low quality.


          Comment by montucky — November 20, 2011 @ 11:13 am

  9. What a joy Your lovely photos are for my eyes! First photo is excellent nature photo. So, Xmas is coming slowly but surely when You did find the Rudolph’s nose. 🙂


    Comment by sartenada — November 20, 2011 @ 3:02 am

    • With the snow everyone is beginning to get into the holiday mood. Maybe I’ll set Rudolph up a little earlier this year.


      Comment by montucky — November 20, 2011 @ 11:14 am

  10. The snowy pinecone is just beautiful. Would make a really pretty Holiday card.


    Comment by TheDailyClick — November 20, 2011 @ 12:27 pm

  11. I truly hope you make these into holiday cards!


    Comment by Tammy — November 20, 2011 @ 1:12 pm

    • I have thought about it. A friend who lives here used some of my photos for her cards this year and they looked pretty nice.


      Comment by montucky — November 20, 2011 @ 10:18 pm

  12. Hi Montucky, Your picture of that snow-capped evergreen cone is just lovely! Have an excellent Sunday!


    Comment by wildlifewatcher — November 20, 2011 @ 1:54 pm

  13. These are Christmas card photos!


    Comment by sandy — November 20, 2011 @ 3:23 pm

    • I guess they could be. I hope there will be still more chances before Christmas though.


      Comment by montucky — November 20, 2011 @ 10:19 pm

  14. Exquisite magic! Especially love the red and white.


    Comment by Marcie — November 20, 2011 @ 4:44 pm

  15. Again, well done!!! Either would make wonderful Christmas cards!!


    Comment by dhphotosite — November 21, 2011 @ 11:01 am

    • Thanks. A fresh snow brings with it many beautiful scenes, large and small. It’s a magic time!


      Comment by montucky — November 21, 2011 @ 9:40 pm

  16. Really marvelous image of the snow on the pine cone… and Rudoph’s red nose makes for a perfect contrast to the snow! (had to read a few comments to figure out what that was because I was sure you would have explained it)


    Comment by Victoria — November 21, 2011 @ 5:40 pm

    • Thanks Tory! I got a kick out of seeing that red nose sticking out of the snow just asking to be photographed!


      Comment by montucky — November 21, 2011 @ 9:41 pm

  17. Love the pine cone photo–very pretty! It could be used on a Christmas card! Smiling at the red nose. 🙂


    Comment by kateri — November 22, 2011 @ 8:17 pm

  18. There is so much life in your photos that you inspire me to get out there in the snow and photograph.


    Comment by Evangeline Art Photography — November 29, 2011 @ 12:17 am

    • Thank you for your kind comment! Fresh snow creates so many beautiful scenes just begging to be caught on camera!


      Comment by montucky — November 29, 2011 @ 1:24 am

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