Montana Outdoors

December 12, 2011

Cold combination

Filed under: Trees, Winter — Tags: , — montucky @ 11:21 pm


There are both frost particles and snow on this fir branch. In the deep canyon where this tree lives it will not feel the direct rays of the sun again until May. Even existing in these conditions, this Douglas Fir may be still standing for up to a thousand years after our brief lives are over, yet our species in the one that is arrogant. 


  1. This is beautiful! Amazing that trees thrive under such harsh conditions and we (I) sometimes moan and groan when things get difficult..


    Comment by Roberta — December 12, 2011 @ 11:37 pm

  2. Another image for that calendar you’re going to make for us. 😉


    Comment by jomegat — December 13, 2011 @ 4:00 am

    • You know, I’m starting to think about a calendar. I’ve acquired a few local calendars already for 2012 and I think I can do at least as well.


      Comment by montucky — December 13, 2011 @ 8:31 pm

  3. Very cold indeed, but very beautiful!


    Comment by kateri — December 13, 2011 @ 5:57 am

    • I’m pretty sure the temperature has not been higher than the 20’s for a month already in that little canyon.


      Comment by montucky — December 13, 2011 @ 8:32 pm

  4. Thank you for this gorgeous photo and the lesson of the Douglas Fir. That’s a long time until May.


    Comment by Ellen Grace Olinger — December 13, 2011 @ 7:45 am

    • Yes, it is a long time, and there is still not much access into the high country yet in May.


      Comment by montucky — December 13, 2011 @ 8:33 pm

  5. Cold and icy, this image really says “winter” to this California girl. Burrrrrrrrr!


    Comment by anniespickns — December 13, 2011 @ 7:48 am

    • This was taken next to a small stream and the ice on it was about 6 inches deep. It is true winter in many of the small areas in the mountains.


      Comment by montucky — December 13, 2011 @ 8:35 pm

  6. So beautiful, looking clean and pure and unsullied. Refreshes the soul just to look at it. So love your photos.


    Comment by Homestead Ramblings — December 13, 2011 @ 8:46 am

    • Yes, thankfully, there are still places here that have remained pure and natural. I sure hope we will keep most of them that way!


      Comment by montucky — December 13, 2011 @ 8:36 pm

  7. Hear Hear!! This is a wonderful image Montucky!


    Comment by dhphotosite — December 13, 2011 @ 9:03 am

    • Thanks! I’ve still waiting for the real winter to come when it gets really pretty everywhere, but it will be awhile yet.


      Comment by montucky — December 13, 2011 @ 8:38 pm

  8. Beautiful image and a thought that brings everything into perspective.


    Comment by Teresa Evangeline — December 13, 2011 @ 9:27 am

    • Considering everything that those trees go through, where they live, and how long is a very good way to get humble.


      Comment by montucky — December 13, 2011 @ 8:40 pm

  9. Ooooooo!! Gorgeous!!


    Comment by Barbara — December 13, 2011 @ 12:15 pm

  10. That picture is absolutely beautiful. I really like this one a lot. When I see your nature pictures, particularly this one, I wish I could come even close sometimes with mine. And your falling snow effect matches that picture perfectly.


    Comment by Ratty — December 13, 2011 @ 1:28 pm

    • Thanks Ratty! Your photography is excellent. I’ll bet getting out in your new surroundings this winter will give you lots of good subjects to shoot too.


      Comment by montucky — December 13, 2011 @ 8:42 pm

  11. That’s quite the combination!


    Comment by TheDailyClick — December 13, 2011 @ 1:32 pm

  12. It really does look cold. That is some serious frost, not like our fluffy, fly away stuff.


    Comment by sandy — December 13, 2011 @ 3:52 pm

    • Yes, that’s hard frost. We usually get at least some of the lighter fluffy stuff but not so far this year.


      Comment by montucky — December 13, 2011 @ 8:43 pm

  13. Lovely photo! I have such an appreciation for the stately Douglas Fir. Years ago when we moved from the heartland of the Midwest to the Pacific Northwest to live, I could not get over the Douglas Fir trees! They amazed me by their height, their beauty, and their longevity. They were an awesome sight to see.


    Comment by Mama's Empty Nest — December 13, 2011 @ 4:13 pm

    • These trees are all amazing. Here we have lots of Douglas Fir, Ponderosa Pine and Western Larch along with many other firs, spruces and pines. They are all amazing. I ran into some huge Ponderosas last week in a place where I didn’t expect them.


      Comment by montucky — December 13, 2011 @ 8:46 pm

  14. this is a sweet portrait


    Comment by Tammie — December 13, 2011 @ 8:14 pm

  15. A lot of these beauties end up in people’s living rooms this time of year. Hopefully from growers that replace them! Love the photograph and it definitely shows the cold. It is supposed to be 60 degrees here tomorrow, but this weekend we may get our first real snow… that is, other than just enough to make the streets slick.


    Comment by kcjewel — December 13, 2011 @ 8:38 pm

    • A lot of Christmas trees are are grown around here. We cut our own tree each year, in a place nearby where they really need to be thinned out anyway to allow some to grow big.

      The forecast here is for a few days up in the 30’s, but we won’t see the 60’s again until May. We still haven’t gotten that much snow either, at least in the valleys. The ski areas are doing well already though.


      Comment by montucky — December 13, 2011 @ 8:50 pm

  16. Simply beautiful! Absolutely the best.


    Comment by WildBill — December 13, 2011 @ 8:56 pm

    • Thanks Bill. I thought you might relate to that one.


      Comment by montucky — December 13, 2011 @ 9:50 pm

  17. You could frame this one in red and repost it here as a Christmas card to your followers!


    Comment by Kim — December 14, 2011 @ 11:35 am

    • I’m really hoping for a good snow before Christmas so I can get a Christmas shot. I have an idea that envolves a nice snowfall, a waterfall and a clear day.


      Comment by montucky — December 14, 2011 @ 11:30 pm

  18. That is very thought-provoking…and beautiful.


    Comment by Candace — December 14, 2011 @ 8:11 pm

    • So many times I stand beneath one of the adult firs or pines and think of all that has happened in their lifetimes and what they may still witness a century after I’m gone. They provide a very real link to the processes of life on this planet.


      Comment by montucky — December 14, 2011 @ 11:32 pm

  19. Simply beautiful. We had our first frost this past week – it’s a sure sign of the turning of the seasons for us, with surging gulf moisture from the south and colder temperatures from the north. This image is well-served by the softer blue in the background. It wouldn’t be nearly so striking, I think, with a vibrant blue sky.


    Comment by shoreacres — December 14, 2011 @ 9:33 pm

    • That was a cold blue sky. It’s interesting to see a clear sky from a canyon like that, knowing the sun would not reach there for many more months. The La Niña weather pattern so far has not brought its typical cold, wet weather here yet, but winter hasn’t actually started yet. We sure need that extra snowfall this year.


      Comment by montucky — December 14, 2011 @ 11:36 pm

  20. I remembered this post a little while ago outside, as I brushed against an Apricot branch, walking by it in the dark and cold. Realizing how the branch could have broken off, and realizing what it is putting up with, in this cold we are having in Albuquerque. Storing its food in its roots, and dormant, but with buds ready. This beautiful photo of yours of the Douglas Fir and your reminder of its state of being did resonate with me. The frost AND the snow. Oh for the solace that plants bring!


    Comment by C.C. — December 15, 2011 @ 11:00 pm

    • Seeing the life cycles of the trees and other plants, but especially the trees, is a constant reminder of how amazing this world really is.


      Comment by montucky — December 15, 2011 @ 11:47 pm

  21. Your text stopped me to think how short time we are acting here on our globe. I love the photo; the frost is so beautiful.


    Comment by sartenada — December 16, 2011 @ 12:28 am

  22. Our time here is indeed short, isn’t it. There is so much more to our world than just us humans.


    Comment by montucky — December 17, 2011 @ 12:02 am

  23. The trees around my home are huge red and white pines. They were big and towering over my head when I was a baby and they will still be towering and growing after I am gone. Nature has a lot of life lessons for us to contemplate. Thanks for another gorgeous picture … a future Holiday greeting card perhaps?


    Comment by bearyweather — December 18, 2011 @ 9:49 am

    • Thanks Bearyweather. There are two huge Ponderosa pines out front here too and I admire them every time I go out the door. I love the pines and firs so much!


      Comment by montucky — December 18, 2011 @ 10:42 pm

  24. Spectacular… I love everything about this image… do you sell your photographs? This is one I’d happily buy! 🙂


    Comment by Victoria — December 28, 2011 @ 12:34 pm

    • Thanks Tory! I have not sold any photos but I have considered doing it, just haven’t taken any action on that yet.


      Comment by montucky — December 29, 2011 @ 12:28 am

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