Montana Outdoors

November 3, 2012

November Gold

Filed under: Autumn — montucky @ 11:11 am

November Gold


  1. Are those poplars? The bark is very rough on those trees, isn’t it? This picture is particularly effective because you have the striking colour of the gold leaves against a soft background of the fog. Very impressive photo.

    Comment by wordsfromanneli — November 3, 2012 @ 11:18 am

    • Those are Black Cottonwoods, close relatives of the poplars. These are actually 4 trees growing very close together, which is a little unusual. I couldn’t resist trying a shot with this morning’s fog.

      Comment by montucky — November 3, 2012 @ 10:48 pm

      • Ah! Thanks for that info. I saw a lot of those trees and wondered what they were.

        Comment by wordsfromanneli — November 4, 2012 @ 10:19 am

  2. Gold indeed, pure gold! Thanks, Ellen

    Comment by Ellen Grace Olinger — November 3, 2012 @ 12:27 pm

    • Yes, they sure are golden when at the peak of their autumn color!

      Comment by montucky — November 3, 2012 @ 10:52 pm

  3. Such a vibrant shot, this image jumped out at me straightaway. Makes me feel like autumn is here! :)

    Comment by beckarooney — November 3, 2012 @ 1:42 pm

    • Autymn has turned out to be very pretty this year.

      Comment by montucky — November 3, 2012 @ 10:52 pm

  4. That is such a gorgeous picture!

    Comment by Neita — November 3, 2012 @ 1:51 pm

  5. Such a very beautiful picture with autumn mood.

    Comment by bentehaarstad — November 3, 2012 @ 2:08 pm

    • Thank you! When these trees turn gold, they really do set the mood of the season!

      Comment by montucky — November 3, 2012 @ 10:54 pm

  6. So ethereal – I really love this picture!

    Comment by Jo Woolf — November 3, 2012 @ 2:23 pm

    • It was so pretty this morning in the fog, I just had to try a photo.

      Comment by montucky — November 3, 2012 @ 10:55 pm

  7. You take the most amazing photos. This one is a real keeper. So atmospheric.

    Comment by Roberta — November 3, 2012 @ 2:52 pm

    • Thanks Roberta! There are so many good subjects here to photograph!

      Comment by montucky — November 3, 2012 @ 10:56 pm

  8. Is fog a sign of the turning seasons for you? It certainly is for us. In another few weeks – or sooner – the sea fog will begin developing. I love fog, both for itself and for the way it pairs with things like these beautiful trees. A lovely, lovely image.

    Comment by shoreacres — November 3, 2012 @ 4:29 pm

    • Yes, this is the fog season for us here. I’m not always sure if it is really fog or just low clouds. This time of year clouds seem to hover among the mountains, sometimes down to the valley bottom and that’s a sure sign of fall. It’s very beautiful when you can climb up high enough to get above the clouds.

      Comment by montucky — November 3, 2012 @ 10:59 pm

  9. Gosh,,,,so great with the misty fog in the background..what a great “feel” this has.

    Comment by zannyro — November 3, 2012 @ 5:10 pm

    • I liked the fog as a background and the softness it gave to the scene.

      Comment by montucky — November 3, 2012 @ 11:00 pm

  10. I’m wondering what kind of tree it is, as well. Simply beautiful, and love the foggy background.

    Comment by kateri — November 3, 2012 @ 6:03 pm

    • That is Black Cottonwood, which is our largest broadleaf tree here. They really stand out when they turn color.

      Comment by montucky — November 3, 2012 @ 11:02 pm

  11. ooohhh! golden….

    nice shot

    Comment by skouba — November 3, 2012 @ 8:32 pm

  12. Very nice shot. Isn’t that the road in front of your house?

    Comment by jomegat — November 3, 2012 @ 8:41 pm

    • Thanks! Yes, just up the road a ways. We have Aspen near our house, but these are the closest cottonwoods.

      Comment by montucky — November 3, 2012 @ 11:03 pm

  13. This captures the essence of November in Montana.

    Comment by twoscamps — November 3, 2012 @ 8:56 pm

    • It does! There are several like this along our road and they are in full color while some across the river have already lost their leaves.

      Comment by montucky — November 3, 2012 @ 11:04 pm

  14. Stunning!

    Comment by bleysingwest — November 3, 2012 @ 8:58 pm

  15. Wow. Fog, something rarely seen here and never like that.

    Comment by Candace — November 3, 2012 @ 11:51 pm

    • We have periods of fog this time of year and on into early winter. It can provide some haunting images.

      Comment by montucky — November 5, 2012 @ 9:10 pm

  16. Beautiful Shot!

    Comment by New Hampshire Garden Solutions — November 4, 2012 @ 6:29 am

  17. This year, I think my weather is a month ahead of yours. I had October Gold in “early” October. I love that time of the year .. enjoy it while you can, mine only lasted about a week this year … the leaves left way too fast.

    Comment by bearyweather — November 4, 2012 @ 8:29 am

    • Those trees have lost many of their leaves over the past two days and we are supposed to have a pretty good storm this weekend that may take most of the rest down. They sure are pretty while they last though!

      Comment by montucky — November 5, 2012 @ 9:11 pm

  18. The most valuable gold!

    Comment by Tammy — November 4, 2012 @ 8:47 am

  19. There’s just something about those gorgeous colors glowing in mist/fog and against gray skies. They are amazing!

    Comment by Stacey Dawn — November 4, 2012 @ 10:40 am

    • That dull, gray day really set the leaves apart by themselves, didn’t it!

      Comment by montucky — November 5, 2012 @ 9:12 pm

  20. What a beautiful shot!! The tree is stunning, and I really like the fog in the background.

    Comment by alskamom — November 4, 2012 @ 11:40 am

    • I loved the background of just the fog. It really emphasizes the color of the leaves. It rare to get the opportunity to shoot that.

      Comment by montucky — November 5, 2012 @ 9:15 pm

  21. Super photo Montucky…I love photos of fog…they are mysterious, and as Jo said, etherial. Glad you couldn’t resist!

    Comment by dhphotosite — November 4, 2012 @ 12:04 pm

    • Fog is a wonderful thing when you are out and about with a camera! As long as it isn’t the freezing kind!

      Comment by montucky — November 5, 2012 @ 9:16 pm

  22. oh! misty autumn beauty!
    your last post is gorgeous too!

    Comment by Tammie — November 4, 2012 @ 3:11 pm

    • Thanks Tammy! I wish the fall colors would last a little longer than they do.

      Comment by montucky — November 5, 2012 @ 9:16 pm

  23. Cottonwoods, no doubt, nothing else has quite their color. You can’t get too much better than this Montucky. wonderful!

    Comment by Wild_Bill — November 4, 2012 @ 5:42 pm

    • Yes, you can spot the cottonwoods miles away this time of year. I liked this scene because the fog eliminates all other distractions.

      Comment by montucky — November 5, 2012 @ 9:18 pm

  24. That blue and gold in the mist is something else. What a beauty of a shot.

    Comment by Teresa Evangeline — November 4, 2012 @ 7:03 pm

    • It was a beautiful morning with just the right amount of fog and the beginning of a blue sky above. Mother Nature composes so well!

      Comment by montucky — November 5, 2012 @ 11:19 pm

  25. Fog and golden foliage – a lovely combination.

    Comment by Bo Mackison — November 4, 2012 @ 9:49 pm

  26. This photo is so beautiful !

    Comment by Inspired and pretty — November 4, 2012 @ 9:54 pm

  27. Beautiful!

    Comment by Roberta — November 5, 2012 @ 1:38 pm

  28. I like the contrast here between the bright yellow leaves and the fog/mist on the road. We have one tree in the woods behind our house that’s also providing us with some November gold.


    Comment by knightofswords — November 6, 2012 @ 8:10 am

    • It’s sure nice to have that color around for however brief a time. We haven’t had as much of it as in some years.

      Comment by montucky — November 6, 2012 @ 10:45 pm

      • It’s been a bit dry here and that tends to suppress the color a bit.


        Comment by knightofswords — November 9, 2012 @ 8:27 pm

  29. I love the cloud/fog with it, Terry…very nice.

    Comment by seekraz — November 6, 2012 @ 9:52 pm

  30. Isn’t that beeeuteeful!

    Comment by Tricia — November 7, 2012 @ 9:46 pm

  31. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen autumn colors muted by fog. Well done, and a unique combination of two ephemeral things.

    Comment by Steve Schwartzman — November 8, 2012 @ 3:36 am

    • Thanks. I don’t remember having many chances to photograph the two together.

      Comment by montucky — November 8, 2012 @ 9:01 am

  32. Just took a look at your forecast for the next 48 hours. Looks like it’s your turn. I imagine there will be a snow pic or two, but stay safe and warm. ;)

    Comment by shoreacres — November 8, 2012 @ 8:44 pm

    • The storm descended on our valley just after noon (and just as I finished cleaning our chimney). It was gorgeous coming in with snow storms visible on all of the peaks around, then filling the sky over the valley. Beautiful flakes of snow came down all afternoon but tailed off after leaving just a few inches. I walked for an hour in the snow while it was coming down; exhilarating! The fire feels good tonight. I wish we could share with those folks in the northeast.

      Comment by montucky — November 8, 2012 @ 9:18 pm

  33. Great color combination in Your photo – yellow and blue sky peeping behind the mist. Great photo.

    Comment by Sartenada — November 8, 2012 @ 11:56 pm

  34. Beautiful gold in the mist. Love the composition. :)

    Comment by Anna Surface — November 9, 2012 @ 8:28 am

  35. Hi Montucky, Our gold leaves are now either gone or have turned a crinkly brown. Yes, there still are a few trees with great-looking leaves but mostly, we are looking ready to have a crisp Winter here in TN. Your picture is wonderful! I hope you have an outstanding weekend!

    Comment by wildlifewatcher — November 9, 2012 @ 11:39 am

    • We have had another change in the weather and now most of the gold leaves have fallen and the bare branches have turned white.

      Comment by montucky — November 9, 2012 @ 8:44 pm

  36. A wonderful and so poetic picture !

    Comment by isathreadsoflife — November 11, 2012 @ 2:52 am

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