Montana Outdoors

January 29, 2013

Fir and cedar

Filed under: Trees, Winter — Tags: — montucky @ 10:36 pm

Mixture of fir and cedar


  1. So bright on the trail and yet so dark in the recesses. I can just about smell how fresh and cedary the air is. Did you see any interesting tracks in the snow? I mean besides your tires and your own footprints?


    Comment by wordsfromanneli — January 29, 2013 @ 10:41 pm

    • These trees are growing along the stream bed of Spring Creek and they get quite dense through there.

      We had a couple of inches of snow last evening, then nothing much until morning when we had just a dusting. The tracks showed that the snowshoe hares were out most of the night dancing and socializing, but settled into the brush before the morning snow. They left lots of tacks and the cottontails and squirrels left a few as well. What I found odd was that I didn’t see a single predator track in the three miles I hiked. Plenty of deer though and they were out during the day. I pushed out a few and was pleased to see them so healthy this time of winter; just beautiful!


      Comment by montucky — January 29, 2013 @ 10:53 pm

      • Sounds perfect. Good to hear you had a great day. I love that about snow – that the tracks stay behind to tell a story.


        Comment by wordsfromanneli — January 29, 2013 @ 11:14 pm

        • I can’t stay indoors when there is fresh snow on the ground or in the air. I had actually hoped today to take a long hike in falling snow, but the weather forecast was not accurate and the snowfall didn’t amount to much.

          I’ve been enjoying the stories written in the snow since I was very young and carefully tutored by my father. I’m happy to say that now my son and daughter enjoy it too.


          Comment by montucky — January 29, 2013 @ 11:32 pm

          • It’s a treasure to have a passion and knowledge of what’s going on in the natural world around us. Nice that you share some of that on your blog.


            Comment by wordsfromanneli — January 29, 2013 @ 11:34 pm

            • I have always believed, as did the ancient Greeks that development of the body was equally important as development of the mind. As a parallel to that, I have come to believe that understanding of the natural world and its forces is equally as important and perhaps more important than the knowledge of technology and social – structural development.


              Comment by montucky — January 30, 2013 @ 12:01 am

              • Amen to that!


                Comment by wordsfromanneli — January 30, 2013 @ 10:43 am

              • Totally agree. I’d love to see an emphasis on living/learning in the natural world, especially for the younger kids. No 3 yr old needs to know how to read. They do however need to know what the earth feels like, how great a gift is their precious world. They would grow up being stewards of the earth instead of being afraid of the out of doors. Ah, soap box…


                Comment by Bo Mackison (@bo_mackison) — February 5, 2013 @ 9:32 pm

                • I’m happy to say that both of my kids started to learn about the natural world very early, each was on a camping trip in northern Arizona at the early age of one month, and they grew up exploring the outdoors from Patagonia to the Kaibab. Now they are in their thirties and they both respect and enjoy the wild country and spend most of their spare time there. I think that every day spending time in the real world becomes more important. Technology is wonderful but the arrogance that it seems to have created might serve to be the death of most of us. But perspective is still available in the world beyond the cities.


                  Comment by montucky — February 5, 2013 @ 10:56 pm

  2. Gorgeous photo. ๐Ÿ™‚


    Comment by The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap — January 29, 2013 @ 11:10 pm

  3. I always marvel at how much weight of snow branches can take…


    Comment by Val — January 30, 2013 @ 7:12 am

  4. Very pretty.


    Comment by seekraz — January 30, 2013 @ 7:58 am

  5. Nothing like cedar and snow and a drak wood filled with magic.



    Comment by Malcolm R. Campbell — January 30, 2013 @ 8:12 am

    • That magic is present in the creek bottom, summer and winter as well. A good place to hang out to get out of the sun, rain or snow, depending on the season.


      Comment by montucky — January 30, 2013 @ 9:16 pm

  6. The only cedars we have up here are cultivated. But there is lots and lots of balsam fir and hemlock.


    Comment by jomegat — January 30, 2013 @ 1:44 pm

    • This canyon has mostly Douglas Fir and Cedar. And all kinds of variety in the underbrush.


      Comment by montucky — January 30, 2013 @ 9:16 pm

  7. Lovely! Cedar and snow, a winning combination for a great photo. I enjoy seeing evergreens all dressed up in snowy white coats for winter.


    Comment by Mama's Empty Nest — January 30, 2013 @ 3:33 pm

    • Evergreens seem to enjoy the snow: they do very well in it. In spring and early summer there is a nice stream flowing through the area at the right of the photo. In fall and winter it is still flowing a mile up-stream but underground through here.


      Comment by montucky — January 30, 2013 @ 9:19 pm

  8. Beautiful! I love seeing snow on evergreens like this. ๐Ÿ™‚


    Comment by Anna Surface — January 30, 2013 @ 4:03 pm

    • I do too. No matter haw many times it snows, a fresh coat of it on the trees is always new and exciting


      Comment by montucky — January 30, 2013 @ 9:20 pm

  9. Very wonderful photo. I nearly feel myself walking there when looking at Your photo. Green and white seem to fit together so nicely. In Finland we do not have Cedars, but Thujas. At first glance there are some similarities.


    Comment by Sartenada — February 1, 2013 @ 12:36 am

    • Actually, I believe what we call “Redcedar” here is a species of Thuja – Thuja plicata.


      Comment by montucky — February 1, 2013 @ 10:17 pm

  10. We had a melt down here the night before last, heavy rains and temps in the 50’s, resulting losing half of our paltry 14 inches of snow. Lake effect snows last night, and back to the teens, but it still doesn’t seem like much of a winter (other than a week of very cold a week ago)!


    Comment by WildBill — February 1, 2013 @ 7:33 am

    • You must have had much more snow than we have, at least in our lower elevations. Our valley snow is mostly gone now too after several days of unseasonably warm weather, but there is still quite a bit in the higher mountains. The ski area nearest to here (about 70 miles away) has 126 inches at the summit (5,650 feet).


      Comment by montucky — February 1, 2013 @ 10:23 pm

  11. Lovely imagery!


    Comment by Watching Seasons — February 1, 2013 @ 12:54 pm

    • Th comparison of the snow on the cedar and the fir was interesting to me.


      Comment by montucky — February 1, 2013 @ 10:24 pm

  12. Seasonally beautiful. Love it when the snow decorates the trees.


    Comment by Scott Thomas Photography — February 1, 2013 @ 1:55 pm

  13. Such beautifully trimmed trees – and look at that shy little bush down in the lower right. It reminds of the rain falling on the just and unjust – obviously the snow falls on the big and fancy AND the little and plain!


    Comment by shoreacres — February 1, 2013 @ 9:22 pm

    • That little bush is right at the edge of the big trees, where it has just as much chance at the sun as they do. Further back into the trees, under their canopies, there are hardly any bushes at all and few ground cover plants, just duff that has fallen from the trees. The edge of the forest is a fascinating place, where fruit grows and the animals spend most of their time.


      Comment by montucky — February 1, 2013 @ 10:29 pm

  14. Hi Montucky, We don’t have many evergreens here but do have a few Pines along the street. Beautiful photo of your snowy boughs. Have a wonderful Sunday!


    Comment by wildlifewatcher — February 2, 2013 @ 9:14 pm

  15. I love evergreens in the snow. There’s something warm and inviting about them in the contrasting cold.


    Comment by Marcie — February 3, 2013 @ 3:32 pm

    • I like that too. The snow seems to belong there, and I know that they will shed it before it does them damage.


      Comment by montucky — February 3, 2013 @ 11:14 pm

  16. The trees in central Texas that people have dubbed cedars are actually junipers. You get to play with the real thingโ€”and of course with real snow.


    Comment by Steve Schwartzman — February 5, 2013 @ 10:52 am

    • On the reservations of northern Arizona they call Junipers “knock-down cedars”. That seemed to me to tie the two together.


      Comment by montucky — February 5, 2013 @ 9:04 pm

  17. Very nice shot!


    Comment by andreiplimbarici — February 6, 2013 @ 2:08 pm

  18. I choose fir! Very pretty photo.


    Comment by kcjewel — February 11, 2013 @ 7:47 pm

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