Though it doesn’t look that way, that tree is actually growing in a very good place where it should have good longevity, protected from development and pretty much sheltered by the higher ground above it. Each fall I look forward to seeing it change color.
Thanks Jo! I hope to cover still more ground in the next year if good health and responsibilities permit. There are many places to be visited in my plan starting in the spring, places where I have not yet been but where I know there will be scenes of great beauty.
Most of our deciduous trees are bare now too and our stream flows have improved over the lows of the summer. Everything is getting ready for a long sleep beneath the snow. I look forward to the onset of the real winter and already the thought of spring is exciting.
I’m just laughing. All I could think was, “Easy come, easy go”. It’s not a very romantic view of autumn, but it’s reality. The good news is that the cycle’s continuing, and lying fallow, hibernation and rest, are part of the cycle.
These pictures really demonstrate the change. Of course, if you stood out there and took 50 pix each day, you could run them all together in a video that showed the changes like time lapse-photography,
One of my son’s friends lives on a ranch about 30 miles from Missoula and he has some “critter cams” set out. He has gotten some great shots of mountain lions, bears and some huge elk. I might have to try that next summer when the bears come out of if I run into a lot of wolf or cat tracks this winter!
After our weekend snow “storm,” there were many trees that had very suddenly lost their full canopy of leaves…they were already in their golden colors, but the next morning, they were all on the ground, covering the snow like an extra blanket around the trunks…
This was a somewhat early visit from an Arctic cold front while the tree was in full color, bringing snow and causing the leaves to drop. The tree is actually on the far bank of the Clark Fork River about 300 yards away. I found a small knob of land on this side that was large enough to place a tripod for the first shot. When I saw the tree was nearly bare the next week it was pretty easy to place the tripod again in nearly the same spot.