Montana Outdoors

October 13, 2013

Decorating for winter

Decorating for winter

Decorating for winter

Decorating for winter

The wire that shows at the base of the skeleton in the second photo is a remnant of the communications wire that was strung to the fire lookout at the top of the mountain, dating back probably to the late 1930’s. Several times over the years I have thought about removing it, but I think it should remain as part of the history of the place, and Nature will reclaim the metal in it in Her own good time.


  1. I was just at a lookout tower on one of our mountains yesterday. It looks like it was considerably cooler on yours!


    Comment by New Hampshire Gardener — October 14, 2013 @ 4:29 am

    • Yes, I think it will be cool on all of the peaks now until Spring. We have had nights in the mid-20’s, and up at the peak levels it would be low 20’s or teens. I noticed some of the ground was frozen on the trail a few days ago.


      Comment by montucky — October 14, 2013 @ 7:25 pm

  2. T’is the season….already.


    Comment by seekraz — October 14, 2013 @ 6:54 am

  3. These images really speak to the harsh conditions the trees on these peaks endure. I’m always amazed at Nature’s tenacity.


    Comment by anniespickns — October 14, 2013 @ 7:47 am

    • I am too. Trees are incredible, but think also of the birds and animals that spend all winter in the cold! Amazing!


      Comment by montucky — October 14, 2013 @ 7:26 pm

  4. absolutely beautiful!
    frosty Montana
    i am in Santa Barbara at the moment, and it is all green, flowers and amazing amount of birds, so very different


    Comment by Tammie — October 14, 2013 @ 9:09 am

    • I bet that is different! My memories of Arizona winters has faded somewhat, but I remember the first few I spent there. Quite a contrast!


      Comment by montucky — October 14, 2013 @ 7:28 pm

  5. Brrrr! But very nice photos. The sky is SO blue!


    Comment by wordsfromanneli — October 14, 2013 @ 11:01 am

    • I’m used to it, but the sky over those peaks is always incredible. The air is so pure!


      Comment by montucky — October 14, 2013 @ 7:29 pm

  6. Do I have it right, that it’s hoarfrost on the trees? In the first photo, especially, it seems as though the structure is visible – that I can see it “growing” from the tree. All of the photos are so beautiful. Clear air and clear sky are so rare here, thanks to industry but also to high humidity. When winter’s winds blow it all away, we celebrate!


    Comment by shoreacres — October 15, 2013 @ 6:37 am

    • At least, I think it is hoarfrost. There was enough sun the day before to alter the patterns and melt some of it in the sunlit areas.
      Our air right in this area is very clear except when there is a fire around somewhere, but the largest town in only 50,000 and it is 80 miles away. The tall peaks get lots of wind and the air up there is very clear. When there are no clouds, the sky is dark blue.


      Comment by montucky — October 15, 2013 @ 7:54 pm

  7. Simply beautiful!


    Comment by WildBill — October 15, 2013 @ 11:22 am

  8. Love your photos ! … Frosty, cold and beautiful … // Maria 🙂


    Comment by mariayarri — October 15, 2013 @ 12:14 pm

    • This is a pretty time of year as the seasons change and often overlap.


      Comment by montucky — October 15, 2013 @ 7:56 pm

  9. Hi Montucky, I agree – leave the wire unless it becomes dangerous. The trees are beautiful. Excellent camera work. Have a fine Wed. tomorrow!


    Comment by wildlifewatcher — October 15, 2013 @ 4:25 pm

    • Thanks wildlifewatcher! Yes, I will leave things alone for history’s sake. I wonder though how many visitors understand what those wires are (if they notice them).


      Comment by montucky — October 15, 2013 @ 7:58 pm

  10. Interesting piece of history interwoven amongst the tree. You may be the only one who knows it.


    Comment by Candace — October 15, 2013 @ 8:32 pm

    • There may not be all that many left who know about that, and of those who do, how many can still get up there to see it? I wonder. I do have somewhere in my collection, a ceramic insulator that was used in that communications line about 15 miles from the top.


      Comment by montucky — October 15, 2013 @ 9:03 pm

  11. Mother nature knows how to decorate landscapes. I love that white snow.


    Comment by Sartenada — October 17, 2013 @ 11:01 pm

  12. I like the way in #1 that the tree is bent in such a way as to follow the contour of the rocks behind it.


    Comment by Steve Schwartzman — October 19, 2013 @ 10:06 pm

    • I’m pretty sure that the strong up-slope winds had a lot to do with that!


      Comment by montucky — October 20, 2013 @ 8:46 pm

  13. I’m getting the shivers already!


    Comment by Watching Seasons — October 21, 2013 @ 10:01 pm

    • That was a sample! This week we have been having a beautiful Indian summer, but next week is forecast to be cold.


      Comment by montucky — October 21, 2013 @ 10:37 pm

  14. Snow comes early in Montana, I see.
    Farmers almanac says it is going to be a cold winter here.


    Comment by Mary Strong-Spaid — October 29, 2013 @ 7:14 pm

    • Here we are hoping for a good old-fashioned winter. We need snow and we need at least a week of sub-zero temperatures to control some of the beetles that are killing our trees. I don’t especially like that kind of cold, but it is necessary for the health of the forests.


      Comment by montucky — October 29, 2013 @ 9:08 pm

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