Montana Outdoors

January 21, 2013


Filed under: Frost, Winter — montucky @ 10:41 pm

Frosty pines

Frosty pines

Frosty pines

Frosty pines

Frosty pines


  1. I got goosebumps when I looked at these. Brrrr. But what a coincidence – today I took some pictures around the yard and the effect was the same. Icy frost on everything, but on a much smaller scale than these Montana trees. This kind of frost is pretty but .it’s very hard on the deer and other animals that browse on twigs. Interesting weather, isn’t it?

    Comment by wordsfromanneli — January 21, 2013 @ 11:27 pm

    • It seems like weather like this usually came in November, not January. The deer don’t seem to mind: they are doing well because they can still get at some of the grasses and the antelope bitterbush is still doing well.

      Comment by montucky — January 22, 2013 @ 12:07 am

      • That’s the good thing about Montana. There is a choice of landscapes. Here it’s mostly people’s backyards and a little bit of woods. Not that much unoccupied land left (by comparison to Montana).

        Comment by wordsfromanneli — January 22, 2013 @ 12:13 am

        • About the only thing that saves western Montana is that much of the terrain is so steep and rugged that it hasn’t been profitable to exploit it.

          Comment by montucky — January 22, 2013 @ 12:18 am

          • That’s the story on most of the mainland coast of BC. Mountains. But here in the south of the province, it’s getting way too populated.

            Comment by wordsfromanneli — January 22, 2013 @ 12:19 am

  2. What wonderful shapes they make. I love the muted colours under the grey sky. I can almost feel the cold of the ground!

    Comment by Jo Woolf — January 22, 2013 @ 3:35 am

    • The surroundings are all but monochrome, but the trees are very pretty with the frost.

      Comment by montucky — January 22, 2013 @ 9:18 pm

  3. They’re looking a little pale but all the more beautiful for it.

    Comment by New Hampshire Gardener — January 22, 2013 @ 5:13 am

    • They are pale, but much nicer that late summer when there is high fire danger.

      Comment by montucky — January 22, 2013 @ 9:19 pm

  4. Frost creates beautiful art, doesn’t it? When it happens here and I am able to get out to take pictures, I feel very fortunate. Lucky you to be treated to the display … it is a precious thing because it does not last long.

    Comment by bearyweather — January 22, 2013 @ 7:03 am

    • Yes it is precious and I wouldn’t want to miss it. By this time of winter I’m well used to the cold and enjoy being out in it.

      Comment by montucky — January 22, 2013 @ 9:20 pm

  5. I love the spherical patterns those long needles make. Pine? Spruce? Whatever it is, I don’t think it grows around here.

    Comment by jomegat — January 22, 2013 @ 7:38 am

    • Those are pines, I think a sub-species of Ponderosa. I’ve heard the called “Jack Pine”, but they are not that.

      Comment by montucky — January 22, 2013 @ 9:28 pm

  6. That’s it. I’m officially out of words. These photos – and that landscape – are just beautiful.

    Comment by shoreacres — January 22, 2013 @ 8:11 am

    • It’s not too bad to walk through places like that as part of my daily exercise program, and an area where I used to run wild before I even reach my teens. Lots of deer to watch as well!

      Comment by montucky — January 22, 2013 @ 9:30 pm

  7. Simply beautiful!

    Comment by Sue — January 22, 2013 @ 8:25 am

    • Thanks Sue! A rather subtle beauty but I love it.

      Comment by montucky — January 22, 2013 @ 9:31 pm

  8. These are all beautiful Terry !!

    Comment by Bernie Kasper — January 22, 2013 @ 9:16 am

    • Thanks Bernie! That frost really does some decorating!

      Comment by montucky — January 22, 2013 @ 9:32 pm

  9. So beautiful!

    Comment by kateri — January 22, 2013 @ 7:02 pm

  10. These are just gorgeous!!!

    Comment by FeyGirl — January 22, 2013 @ 10:11 pm

    • They were still the same today when I walked through there, but a new weather front is coming through and they will not be the same tomorrow.

      Comment by montucky — January 23, 2013 @ 9:46 pm

  11. Great images!! We occasionally get something like this when fog or low clouds blow through and it suddenly turns cold. Nonetheless wonderful photos!

    Comment by WildBill — January 23, 2013 @ 12:41 pm

    • I remember from 15 or so years ago (before I had a digital camera) seeing some frost much heavier than this in an area that I haven’t visited very often since. If we have these conditions again I will visit there.

      Comment by montucky — January 23, 2013 @ 9:48 pm

  12. Aren’t they gorgeous all dressed up in winter white? I love days like that!

    Comment by Mama's Empty Nest — January 23, 2013 @ 3:14 pm

    • You know, even the folks who really don’t like winter admit that there is a lot of beauty in it!

      Comment by montucky — January 23, 2013 @ 9:48 pm

  13. so pretty….

    Comment by skouba — January 24, 2013 @ 9:53 am

    • Mother Nature re-decorates most every day in winter!

      Comment by montucky — January 24, 2013 @ 10:01 pm

  14. It’s nice to capture them forever digitally since they are ever-changing.

    Comment by Candace — January 24, 2013 @ 9:36 pm

    • Today the temp got up into the 40’s and all of the frost is gone. I wonder what’s next?

      Comment by montucky — January 24, 2013 @ 10:02 pm

  15. Great photos from trees covered by hoarfrost! In my new town where I live I have seen similar phenomena few times. What has been to me odd that birches have been changed to “silver birches”. So Mother Nature is great artist.

    Comment by Sartenada — January 25, 2013 @ 12:19 am

    • Yes, Mother Nature is a great artist and changes her scenes quite often.

      Comment by montucky — January 25, 2013 @ 9:35 pm

  16. Hi Montucky, Although icy, the scene is none-the-less very beautiful! Great job with your photography! Have a super nice weekend!

    Comment by wildlifewatcher — January 25, 2013 @ 6:09 pm

    • Thanks wildlifewatcher. Yes it was icy and quite cold, but scenes that we don’t see all that often.

      Comment by montucky — January 25, 2013 @ 9:37 pm

  17. Ever green warmth under white cold.
    it finally snowed here in Fredericksburg, Virginia.
    Ok. Not really snow as you know it.
    It kind of dusted snow….and then quit.
    But it is cold!

    Comment by Mary Strong-Spaid — January 25, 2013 @ 7:25 pm

    • I have read of the weather on the east coast lately and sometimes it has been colder there than here. I live in a small sheltered area that often escapes the coldest of the weather that the Canadians so kindly send our way.

      Comment by montucky — January 25, 2013 @ 9:39 pm

  18. I’m amazed at the way ice/snow clings to each needle rather than coating multiple needles into a blob of white.

    Comment by Malcolm R. Campbell — January 26, 2013 @ 1:22 pm

    • Yes, it’s interesting. Frost can be very selective on the pines. On the Jeep’s windshield it was about a quarter of an inch thick and looked like orange peel.

      Comment by montucky — January 27, 2013 @ 11:52 pm

  19. Stunning capture of these frosted evergreens. Gorgeous!

    Comment by Marcie — January 27, 2013 @ 4:12 pm

    • Thanks Marcie. The pines always look so good with fresh snow or frost.

      Comment by montucky — January 27, 2013 @ 11:52 pm

  20. Yes, but with frosting…and looks like you have some relatively young trees there…reforestation efforts or naturally occurring?

    Comment by seekraz — January 27, 2013 @ 6:55 pm

    • There have not been any restoration efforts in that area, but these photos were taken on a ranch that may have made some changes in the last couple of decades.

      Comment by montucky — January 27, 2013 @ 11:55 pm

  21. Such joy at seeing these beautiful trees….the photos may be monochromatic, but there is a hint of colour. So tempting to want to go and hug them and ruffle those branches, like some boy-child’s head, in affection! Lovely photos. :O)

    Comment by janina — January 28, 2013 @ 12:40 am

    • THey do look fuzzy, don’t they. So many times in late August I have wished they could be like this for a day!

      Comment by montucky — January 28, 2013 @ 7:39 pm

  22. Nature’s photo processing at work :)

    Comment by Watching Seasons — February 1, 2013 @ 12:58 pm

    • And today they are green again; the ground is brown.

      Comment by montucky — February 1, 2013 @ 9:47 pm

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