Montana Outdoors

November 11, 2012

The season is changing quickly now.

Filed under: Autumn, Winter — montucky @ 9:22 pm

These photos of a lonely cottonwood were taken exactly one week apart.

Lonely cottonwood

Lonely cottonwood



  1. What a difference a week makes, eh?


    Comment by jomegat — November 11, 2012 @ 9:28 pm

  2. winter? are you ready?


    Comment by Bo Mackison (@bo_mackison) — November 11, 2012 @ 9:31 pm

    • In many ways, but not completely until we are ready for Christmas time.


      Comment by montucky — November 11, 2012 @ 9:45 pm

  3. I can almost see that little tree shivering without its gold dress.


    Comment by wordsfromanneli — November 11, 2012 @ 9:55 pm

    • It does look cold doesn’t it! But it really is more efficient that way. The evergreens look warmer.


      Comment by montucky — November 11, 2012 @ 10:36 pm

  4. Poor lil tree! =0


    Comment by Tricia — November 11, 2012 @ 10:35 pm

    • 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.


      Comment by montucky — November 11, 2012 @ 10:48 pm

  5. I can’t seem to get my mind to click over from fall to winter. Maybe pictures like this will help!


    Comment by New Hampshire Gardener — November 12, 2012 @ 5:23 am

    • Just when I start to make the transition, the weather changes again. Our snow will change to rain during the next week and I’ll have to start all over again.


      Comment by montucky — November 12, 2012 @ 9:14 pm

  6. What a lovely contrast. You have taken some incredible photos this season!


    Comment by Jo Woolf — November 12, 2012 @ 7:02 am

    • 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.


      Comment by montucky — November 12, 2012 @ 9:27 pm

  7. It’s the same here! The forest is now totally naked. Brooks run full. Deer are seeking love!


    Comment by Wild_Bill — November 12, 2012 @ 7:39 am

    • 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.


      Comment by montucky — November 12, 2012 @ 9:30 pm

  8. lovely!! thanks for sharing!


    Comment by Elizabeth — November 12, 2012 @ 7:39 am

    • Thank you Elizabeth. I’m glad you enjoyed the comparison!


      Comment by montucky — November 12, 2012 @ 9:31 pm

  9. 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.


    Comment by shoreacres — November 12, 2012 @ 8:27 am

    • The trees do indeed go through their cycles of growing and dropping their leaves with a spirit of complete equanimity.


      Comment by montucky — November 12, 2012 @ 9:35 pm

  10. Nice contrast on how fast nature works.


    Comment by anniespickns — November 12, 2012 @ 9:01 am

    • It certainly can bring sudden change! We have the buffers of warm clothes and heated, secure homes. It’s amazing how well the animals change and adapt without those things.


      Comment by montucky — November 12, 2012 @ 9:37 pm

  11. Good to see the little tree has some water. Cottonwoods are usually very thirsty!


    Comment by twoscamps — November 12, 2012 @ 9:09 am

    • I think this tree is big enough now to have its roots down far enough to get water from the river nearby. It should do very well!


      Comment by montucky — November 12, 2012 @ 9:38 pm

  12. 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,


    Comment by knightofswords — November 12, 2012 @ 10:53 am

    • It would be an interesting video! Probably somewhat of a wildlife film as well.


      Comment by montucky — November 12, 2012 @ 9:39 pm

      • I’ve seen films like that where somebody has left a camera running at a watering hole or other location and then clipped out a lot of the minutes where nothing’s happening.


        Comment by knightofswords — November 14, 2012 @ 8:56 pm

        • 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!


          Comment by montucky — November 14, 2012 @ 9:21 pm

  13. Such a big change in a matter of days — Wow.


    Comment by allbymyself09 — November 12, 2012 @ 12:15 pm

    • It is! I didn’t realize how quickly it changed until I looked at the dates on the photos!


      Comment by montucky — November 12, 2012 @ 9:40 pm

  14. Hi Montucky, Vivid reminder that the weather can change quickly. Lovely shots of that Cottonwood! The Cottonwoods are pretty trees. Have a wonderful day today and a really good one tomorrow, too!


    Comment by wildlifewatcher — November 12, 2012 @ 1:57 pm

    • I hope you have a great day tomorrow too, wildlife watcher!


      Comment by montucky — November 12, 2012 @ 9:59 pm

  15. that is a quick change!! kind of like an actor changing for the next act…


    Comment by skouba — November 12, 2012 @ 6:00 pm

  16. Mother Nature sure works fast sometimes, doesn’t she?


    Comment by Mama's Empty Nest — November 12, 2012 @ 7:08 pm

    • Faster than we realize this time of year. Too many folks get caught un-ready.


      Comment by montucky — November 12, 2012 @ 10:02 pm

  17. Poor little tree. It looks so cold!


    Comment by kateri — November 12, 2012 @ 9:55 pm

  18. I love comparing images of of the same place through time…even short spans like this one…wonderful changing seasons….


    Comment by seekraz — November 13, 2012 @ 10:24 am

    • When I saw it after the cold front moved through I thought I would compare to when it was in full color, the realized what a short time it was between.


      Comment by montucky — November 13, 2012 @ 8:46 pm

      • 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…


        Comment by seekraz — November 15, 2012 @ 7:53 am

        • It’s amazing to see when that happens, isn’t it!


          Comment by montucky — November 15, 2012 @ 4:34 pm

          • It sure is, Terry…I love watching it happen….


            Comment by seekraz — November 17, 2012 @ 9:46 pm

  19. Great shot Terry, love how you contrasted the two images, nicely done !!


    Comment by Bernie Kasper — November 13, 2012 @ 3:28 pm

    • Thanks Bernie. It was a rather unusual opportunity and I though it interesting.


      Comment by montucky — November 13, 2012 @ 8:47 pm

  20. Is it early or is this norm? It looks like you managed to stand in exactly the same spot, how did you do that?


    Comment by Candace — November 14, 2012 @ 5:31 am

    • 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.


      Comment by montucky — November 14, 2012 @ 9:25 pm

  21. Great photos Terry.

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    Comment by Sartenada — November 17, 2012 @ 4:54 am

    • It will be very good to be in your new home and settled before Christmas! Won’t be long!


      Comment by montucky — November 17, 2012 @ 11:56 pm

  22. I always find it sad, but then that’s nature. And if we could do the same – die back and then return new – how great would that be? (Or maybe not. I don’t think I’d look so good with green hair!)


    Comment by Val — November 17, 2012 @ 6:34 pm

    • We don’t physically, but to some extent spiritually I think.


      Comment by montucky — November 17, 2012 @ 11:57 pm

  23. Great light in the first one, lovely image.



    Comment by David A Lockwood — March 27, 2013 @ 10:07 am

    • Thank you. So much depends on the light, doesn’t it!


      Comment by montucky — March 27, 2013 @ 8:27 pm

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