Montana Outdoors

November 23, 2011

On a rainy winter day (2)

Filed under: Winter — Tags: , — montucky @ 9:42 pm

Oregon grape leaves

Winter rain drops on leaves of an Oregon grape.


  1. This would make a great calendar. You’d need 168 photos to make all 14 calendars (that’s all there are). I think you’ve floored me at least that many times.

    Comment by jomegat — November 23, 2011 @ 10:10 pm

    • Thanks. This might be one that I will have printed.

      Comment by montucky — November 24, 2011 @ 9:49 am

  2. Also… did you notice the septagons in the droplets beyond the DOF? That’s cool!

    Comment by jomegat — November 23, 2011 @ 10:12 pm

    • Yes, I saw those. I wish I could say that I planned it that way. I’m usually pleasantly surprised at what the lens sees.

      Comment by montucky — November 24, 2011 @ 9:49 am

  3. Great compostion, and colors. This is a wonderful macro shot.

    Comment by sandy — November 24, 2011 @ 8:17 am

    • This is a “poncho” shot. It was raining (half rain and half snow) and to keep the camera dry I kept it and myself completely under my poncho to get the picture.

      Comment by montucky — November 24, 2011 @ 9:51 am

  4. That’s a fine photo! Your commenter — jomegat — has an idea for a calendar. Good idea. I grew a vineyard one time from scratch, but these grape plants are probably wild?

    Comment by Jack Matthews — November 24, 2011 @ 8:22 am

    • This is a small wild plant, Mahonia aquifolium that has beautiful yellow blossoms in spring and small dusty-blue grapes in autumn. They are the most sour berry I’ve ever encountered, but can be use for jelly and I’ve heard, wine.

      Comment by montucky — November 24, 2011 @ 9:59 am

  5. Beautiful! This would make a nice note card image, as well as a calendar image. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

    Comment by anniespickns — November 24, 2011 @ 8:59 am

  6. Stunning amazing photo, perfect ;)

    Comment by xandimusic — November 24, 2011 @ 10:08 am

  7. what a beautiful image! saw your comment on wildlife watcher’s site and decided to come visit. glad i did! God bless you!

    Comment by TexWisGirl — November 24, 2011 @ 10:09 am

    • Thank you for visiting, TexWisGirl, and for the kind comment!

      Comment by montucky — November 24, 2011 @ 9:16 pm

  8. Looking at your photo and reading your comments, I didn’t know there were any Mahonia with edible fruit. We’ve a couple of Mahonia here and my parents had one, too… very pretty leaves and flowers and those berries are as you describe, but certainly not edible.

    Comment by Val — November 24, 2011 @ 10:27 am

    • These are wild, but I would imagine that they could be transplanted, and their leaves and flowers are very pretty. The fruit is not really too bad when it gets really ripe.

      Comment by montucky — November 24, 2011 @ 9:23 pm

  9. Hi Montucky, Lovely shot! I always like those macro shots of yours! Have a super good Thanksgiving!

    Comment by wildlifewatcher — November 24, 2011 @ 1:29 pm

    • Thank you wildlifewatcher! I hope you have had a very good Thanksgiving!

      Comment by montucky — November 24, 2011 @ 9:24 pm

  10. Great colors in this! Hope you are having a Happy Thanksgiving!

    Comment by Bo Mackison — November 24, 2011 @ 6:10 pm

    • I hope you and your husband have had a good day too, Bo! It’s good that you had friends to be with since you are on the road!

      Comment by montucky — November 24, 2011 @ 9:26 pm

  11. Beautiful raindrops and bokeh.

    Comment by Candace — November 24, 2011 @ 8:35 pm

  12. So beautiful. Rain drops always give something to photos, something exptra. I love the reddish color of Oregon grape leaf.

    Comment by sartenada — November 25, 2011 @ 3:27 am

    • I love rain, and it does look pretty on flowers or leaves.

      Comment by montucky — November 25, 2011 @ 7:59 pm

  13. Of all your wonderful photographs, thus far this is my favorite. Simply awesome!

    Comment by WildBill — November 25, 2011 @ 7:49 am

    • Thanks Bill. I’m pleased that you liked it!

      Comment by montucky — November 25, 2011 @ 8:00 pm

  14. This rainy day sure gave you some wonderful photos! Love this one, too.

    Comment by kateri — November 25, 2011 @ 6:10 pm

  15. The angle at which you viewed the leaves certainly gave your photograph an edge.

    Steve Schwartzman

    Comment by Steve Schwartzman — November 25, 2011 @ 11:10 pm

    • You would probably laughed had you seen how I got that shot. One knee in wet sand, the other in snow, one hand holding up my poncho over the camera and myself and one elbow resting on a rock to steady the camera. It could have been steadier!

      Comment by montucky — November 25, 2011 @ 11:20 pm

      • As someone who often enough ends up in precarious positions to take pictures, I can relate to and appreciate what you went through.

        Comment by Steve Schwartzman — November 25, 2011 @ 11:22 pm

  16. Beautiful! The colors, shapes, and drops in this composition is simply stunning. Wow!

    Comment by Anna — November 26, 2011 @ 9:55 am

    • Thanks Anna. Despite the gray day, the drops on the leaves caught my attention.

      Comment by montucky — November 26, 2011 @ 11:32 pm

  17. Love this… the bokeh really adds to the effect.

    Comment by kcjewel — November 26, 2011 @ 11:33 pm

    • This is a small plant growing close to the ground. Behind it is the sand and ice of the river bank.

      Comment by montucky — November 26, 2011 @ 11:43 pm

  18. I love the contrast between the jagged leaf edges and the spherical orbs of rain.
    The rich colors are also great.

    Comment by Kim — November 27, 2011 @ 8:31 am

    • When I first saw the Oregon grape leaves I thought they were some kind of holly. As a matter of fact, one of the names for it is “holly-leaved barberry”. They are pretty all times of year.

      Comment by montucky — November 27, 2011 @ 9:44 am

  19. Wow, just a wonderful shot!

    Comment by farmhouse stories — November 27, 2011 @ 12:30 pm

  20. A lovely series of early winter in your mountains of Montana, Terry. I know the conditions had to be a bit raw for photography but that is why your photos are so great. Thanks for getting out in rain for us!

    Comment by Scott Thomas Photography — November 29, 2011 @ 7:00 am

    • I really don’t mind the weather, Scott. In fact, I love being out in storms, rain, snow, etc. I’ve gotten pretty good at protecting my camera gear and really enjoy the challenge. I think severe cold is the most difficult because of its effect on batteries. And fingers!

      Comment by montucky — November 29, 2011 @ 11:37 pm

  21. Simply gorgeous. My blogging has been buried under a pile of school work the past week or so. It was a treat to visit you this morning and get caught up on the beauty that you share with us. Thanks for some great shots.

    Comment by bearyweather — December 3, 2011 @ 11:19 am

  22. And this is simply gorgeous too! I love the water droplets and the sparkly bokeh!

    Comment by Victoria — December 8, 2011 @ 10:01 am

    • Oregon grape can be pretty just about any time of the year. We have a big patch of it on the hillside to the east of our house and it’s all the deep red color now; it has a deer trail right through the center of it.

      Comment by montucky — December 8, 2011 @ 11:19 pm

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