Montana Outdoors

January 19, 2013

Ponderosa cactus

Filed under: Frost, Winter — Tags: — montucky @ 8:30 pm

Frost on pine needles

Frost on pine needles

Frost on pine needles

Frost on pine needles


  1. Beautiful! It does look like cactus with the frost on the needles.

    Comment by wordsfromanneli — January 19, 2013 @ 8:34 pm

    • This was the first frost of this type that we’ve had this year, and it was in a thin layer. At my house there was none, but about 300 feet higher and a couple of miles away I got these photos.

      Comment by montucky — January 19, 2013 @ 9:55 pm

      • Elevation and geography. We have a similar situation. We’re close to the water which makes it milder here than it is just about five miles away at the foot of the hills where they often get rain or snow while it’s dry here.

        Comment by wordsfromanneli — January 19, 2013 @ 9:59 pm

        • Yes, there are big contrasts in this season brought about by only relatively small changes in terrain. We can see bare ground here in the valley and about ten miles away the mountain tops are pure white, even the trees. By now just over the tops on the lee side there is 20 feet of snow.

          Comment by montucky — January 20, 2013 @ 12:18 am

  2. gorgeous frost images!
    loved your football post
    and your flowers and ice posts
    winter is beautiful through your lens

    Comment by Tammie — January 19, 2013 @ 10:55 pm

    • Thanks Tammie. THere is a lot of beauty to be found in winter isn’t there!

      Comment by montucky — January 20, 2013 @ 12:19 am

  3. YiKeS! That would hurt! =0

    Comment by Tricia — January 19, 2013 @ 10:57 pm

  4. Stunning photos! Frost is amazing in all its patterns and intricate detail. We could never reproduce it!

    Comment by Jo Woolf — January 20, 2013 @ 3:07 am

    • Frost always creates beautiful displays and there seems to be no end to the diversity of it. I don’t think everyone enjoys it though.

      Comment by montucky — January 20, 2013 @ 10:31 pm

  5. Wow-a lot of areas are getting some nice hoar frost this winter. It does look like cactus needles!

    Comment by New Hampshire Gardener — January 20, 2013 @ 7:00 am

    • Yes, those were some long spikes, produced over several days of frost.

      Comment by montucky — January 20, 2013 @ 10:32 pm

  6. Wow, that is a beautiful and interesting find.

    Comment by anniespickns — January 20, 2013 @ 7:43 am

    • I encountered that area when out for a walk (without a camera). I quickly hiked the two miles back home to get my camera, hoping all the time that the temperature wouldn’t change.

      Comment by montucky — January 20, 2013 @ 10:34 pm

      • I’m sure you did and I’ll bet the hike back was much more focused on time that scenery.

        Comment by anniespickns — January 22, 2013 @ 7:44 am

        • It was, but I needn’t have worried: we still have the frost!

          Comment by montucky — January 22, 2013 @ 9:09 pm

  7. Is it my imagination, or is this a sequence taken through time? It looks as though there’s a little melting going on by the time we get to the last photo. They surely are beautiful. I love frost as much as snow – and it’s often more artful.

    Comment by shoreacres — January 20, 2013 @ 11:11 am

    • The fragility of frost. The photos were taken over only a ten minute period of time (including a dozen more photos that I haven’t yet posted). There was a slight change when just a tad bit of sun shone through the clouds.

      Comment by montucky — January 20, 2013 @ 10:37 pm

  8. Really beautiful…. So fascinating!

    Comment by FeyGirl — January 20, 2013 @ 12:04 pm

    • The frost wouldn’t go over very well in your neck of the woods I don’t think.

      Comment by montucky — January 20, 2013 @ 10:37 pm

      • Hehhhh! Things would be mighty strange, should that occur.

        Comment by FeyGirl — January 21, 2013 @ 8:36 am

  9. Hi Montucky, I can see why you wrote the caption. Very fitting. I share your cold – getting colder daily here in TN. Will be in upper 20’s for the high soon and in low teens for the low on Tues. I am ready for Spring. Have an excellent coming week!

    Comment by wildlifewatcher — January 20, 2013 @ 8:28 pm

    • I hope the cold doesn’t last long there. It might be damaging to flora and fauna that is not accustomed to it!

      Comment by montucky — January 20, 2013 @ 10:39 pm

  10. In a word… WOW!

    Comment by kcjewel — January 20, 2013 @ 8:41 pm

    • Interesting stuff, isn’t it. I sometimes wonder why people do their exquisite ice carvings when the last only so short a time, but nature does it regularly so I guess it is worth it.

      Comment by montucky — January 20, 2013 @ 10:41 pm

  11. Gorgeous…gotta love the hoar frost!

    Comment by seekraz — January 21, 2013 @ 10:50 pm

    • I do now but in the days when I had to drive 50 miles through it to get to work, not so much.

      Comment by montucky — January 21, 2013 @ 11:00 pm

  12. Very “cool” shots Terry lol !!

    Comment by Bernie Kasper — January 22, 2013 @ 9:13 am

  13. Kissed with beautiful frosted stars! Very nice Terry.

    Comment by bayphotosbydonna — January 22, 2013 @ 1:08 pm

    • It was nice to see the frost like that here; first time in a year.

      Comment by montucky — January 22, 2013 @ 9:14 pm

  14. So very beautiful! The frost does look sharp and needle like. I am hoping now that temps have dropped into the single digits we will get some frost that covers the trees.

    Comment by kateri — January 22, 2013 @ 7:01 pm

    • I guess we have one more night of frost then the weather fronts will change and we will have a chance for some snow. There has been a deep inversion layer here for over a week and the air quality in several of the cities has been just terrible. We live away from the cities and get a soft breeze coming up from the river that keeps our air good even with some of the inversion.

      Comment by montucky — January 22, 2013 @ 9:17 pm

  15. Hard to forget those cacti, isn’t it? Yours are very lovely.

    Comment by Candace — January 24, 2013 @ 9:33 pm

    • One never forgets the cacti! I miss them a lot!

      Comment by montucky — January 24, 2013 @ 9:59 pm

  16. Fantastic photos, even incredible I say. This is the first time when I see photos from so heavily frosted trees!

    Comment by Sartenada — January 25, 2013 @ 12:24 am

    • The spikes of frost on these grew over a period of about three days and nights of frost.

      Comment by montucky — January 25, 2013 @ 9:33 pm

  17. Terry, that is such exquisite detail of frost and needles! Nature’s designs never fail to amaze me as well as your photos of course! :-D

    Comment by twoscamps — January 27, 2013 @ 10:57 am

    • We don’t get that kind of frost every year, so I really enjoy it when it comes.

      Comment by montucky — January 27, 2013 @ 11:41 pm

  18. Lovely!

    Comment by Watching Seasons — February 1, 2013 @ 12:59 pm

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