Montana Outdoors

November 20, 2012

You wouldn’t think it was winter

Filed under: Autumn — Tags: — montucky @ 12:48 am




  1. I’ve read that mushrooms will grow right up until the ground freezes and stays frozen, but don’t know how true it is.


    Comment by New Hampshire Gardener — November 20, 2012 @ 5:04 am

    • I think that’s probably true. Usually by now the ground is at least partly frozen, but we are having a very warm period and these just popped up.


      Comment by montucky — November 20, 2012 @ 9:55 pm

  2. I love this photograph. Beautiful. It’s an odd fall. We’ll have 50 plus degrees today. it will be interesting to see what the winter does….


    Comment by Teresa Evangeline — November 20, 2012 @ 5:54 am

    • We are having the same swings in the weather, and they change quickly and unexpectedly. It is raining tonight, very unusual this time of year here. I hope the roads won’t ice up for the travelers!


      Comment by montucky — November 20, 2012 @ 10:04 pm

  3. Great shot!


    Comment by Roberta — November 20, 2012 @ 6:53 am

  4. I know! Here in KC too. 😦 grrrrrrrr.


    Comment by Homestead Ramblings — November 20, 2012 @ 6:55 am

    • Our valleys are warm, but several ski areas (in the higher places) have opened already. We are right on the edge,


      Comment by montucky — November 20, 2012 @ 10:05 pm

  5. What an extraordinarily fine photo! Those rippled edges, with the glimpse of the underside, are perfect. I’m glad you focused on that rather than the top – it’s just lovely.


    Comment by shoreacres — November 20, 2012 @ 8:20 am

    • Thanks! They are so unusual for this time of year and pretty little things!


      Comment by montucky — November 20, 2012 @ 10:06 pm

  6. I can imagine that the fairies slide out those dips in the edges when no one is looking! 😉


    Comment by kcjewel — November 20, 2012 @ 9:33 am

    • The fairies must have had a good time with these. There was a big variety of sizes and shapes.


      Comment by montucky — November 20, 2012 @ 10:07 pm

  7. I’m surprised to see that, after you’ve already had so many frosty days. I guess this one is hanging on as long as it can.


    Comment by wordsfromanneli — November 20, 2012 @ 9:57 am

    • We have had temps down into the single digits several nights. Now everything is wet and muddy. I’m glad it is getting a good watering to the tree roots though before the ground does freeze. The ground was very dry this summer.


      Comment by montucky — November 20, 2012 @ 10:08 pm

      • It sure was dry when we were there in October, so I’m glad you’re getting the moisture too.


        Comment by wordsfromanneli — November 21, 2012 @ 11:01 am

  8. Nope, looks rather un-winter-like…nice photo, though….


    Comment by seekraz — November 20, 2012 @ 11:01 am

    • Winter will come. I hope the wet conditions continue too. That will give us a good snow pack in the mountains!


      Comment by montucky — November 20, 2012 @ 10:09 pm

      • I share your hopes, Terry…also, it will be my first winter hiking in the deep-snow of the canyons…finally have some snowshoes this year…have been checking the avalanche website…a little freaky…concerns me a bit….


        Comment by seekraz — November 20, 2012 @ 10:14 pm

        • Me too. I stay away from the most avalanche-prone areas. Here it is pretty safe if you can stay on the old pack trails. I’ve seen little avalanche damage on them. Problem here though is getting up to those trail heads.


          Comment by montucky — November 20, 2012 @ 10:18 pm

          • I’ve seen the damage on both sides of some of the trails, so I know they cross them sometimes…but I believe there are still plenty of places up in the canyons where it won’t be a problem. Fortunately, the main roads up into the canyons are still plowed in the winter to allow access to the ski areas at the far ends, so I won’t have that issue with getting to the trail heads…but then I will have the hordes of people driving up into the canyons, too…which you won’t…..


            Comment by seekraz — November 20, 2012 @ 10:24 pm

            • I’m hoping that I can make a snowshoe trip in Glacier Park this year once the snow gets really deep. There are some trails there that are open and not beat to death.


              Comment by montucky — November 20, 2012 @ 10:46 pm

              • That sounds wonderful, Terry…I’m sure you’ll have your camera with you…? 🙂


                Comment by seekraz — November 20, 2012 @ 11:36 pm

  9. Great macro, I like the focus. Is it edible?


    Comment by Candace — November 20, 2012 @ 11:27 am

    • I don’t know if it is or not, but I seem to remember seeing some like it in a squirrels nest once.


      Comment by montucky — November 20, 2012 @ 10:10 pm

  10. Hi Montucky, I agree! The weather is changing and we don’t really know how mild or severe our Winter will likely be yet. So far, cool and very dry here in my area of TN. Have a great Wed. tomorrow!


    Comment by wildlifewatcher — November 20, 2012 @ 7:26 pm

    • Well, we are ready here for whatever kind of weather that will come. It must be hard to do that in the cities.


      Comment by montucky — November 20, 2012 @ 10:12 pm

  11. Looks like a fun guy! Anonoymous


    Comment by Anonymous — November 20, 2012 @ 9:19 pm

    • Looks like! And that’s about all I know about this one!


      Comment by montucky — November 20, 2012 @ 10:12 pm

  12. Such a lovely image… I can’t help but think of fairies when I see wonderful mushrooms like this. 🙂


    Comment by FeyGirl — November 21, 2012 @ 9:28 am

    • They are fanciful little things, aren’t they! If there are fairies around these tonight though, they need their winter coats. Perhaps they can stay under the ‘shrooms to get out of the snow.


      Comment by montucky — November 21, 2012 @ 11:16 pm

  13. Edible? If not, happy Thanksgiving, anyway!


    Comment by Kinzel, Charles H. — November 21, 2012 @ 5:16 pm

    • I don’t recognize these, so no. Happy Thanksgiving to you too! I saw that you got some rain the last few days. We’re getting a little snow tonight.


      Comment by montucky — November 21, 2012 @ 11:17 pm

  14. Gosh that doesn’t look like winter in Montana, does it? And how lovely that nature adapts.


    Comment by Tammy — November 21, 2012 @ 7:47 pm

    • It sure looked like spring, didn’t it! Not tonight though, we’re getting some very wet snow.


      Comment by montucky — November 21, 2012 @ 11:18 pm

  15. that is surely what you would say down in our neck of the woods!


    Comment by skouba — November 21, 2012 @ 7:49 pm

    • I think it will look more like winter in the morning, which isn’t all that good for the travelers.


      Comment by montucky — November 21, 2012 @ 11:19 pm

  16. One of your most beautiful pictures ! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.


    Comment by Isabelle — November 22, 2012 @ 12:49 pm

  17. Oh yes. Some mushrooms grow nearly up to winter here. for example “Craterellus cornucopioides” grows in October. “Craterellus tubaeformis” can be found even in November here in Finland. Great finding and nice photo.


    Comment by Sartenada — November 23, 2012 @ 6:22 am

    • There too! I find it interesting that they will grow right up next to winter.


      Comment by montucky — November 23, 2012 @ 9:49 pm

  18. I could have said that about winter, too … on Wednesday when it was 58º. But, winter showed up in full force thursday night … 15º, strong north wind and snow. I think it might be here to stay this time.


    Comment by bearyweather — November 23, 2012 @ 11:43 am

    • Rapid and dramatic change! I rather expected that this week here too but it didn’t make it. We had bare ground in the valleys but most of the ski areas up higher are opening this weekend or the next.


      Comment by montucky — November 23, 2012 @ 9:51 pm

  19. Fungi are amazingly adaptable, they colonise a niche with their spores and as soon as favourable climatic conditions prevail they push up a fruiting body to disperse more spores. And so the cycle continues…


    Comment by Finn Holding — November 24, 2012 @ 3:19 am

    • They are amazing organisms. Seemingly fragile, but overall, quite hardy.


      Comment by montucky — November 24, 2012 @ 10:35 pm

  20. Nope, doesn’t look like winter.


    Comment by knightofswords — November 25, 2012 @ 8:55 am

  21. A perfect photo. I love fungi photographs! The contrast between the in focus perimeter and the top is amazing!


    Comment by Wild_Bill — November 25, 2012 @ 3:34 pm

    • The little mushroom has its own special beauty, doesn’t it!


      Comment by montucky — November 25, 2012 @ 11:24 pm

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