Montana Outdoors

November 11, 2013

Hunting for elk…

Filed under: Trees — Tags: — montucky @ 10:46 pm

Tree skeleton ~ dragon

but found a dragon in the clouds.



  1. Beautiful dragon! So did you find your elk?


    Comment by wordsfromanneli — November 12, 2013 @ 12:34 am

    • Lots of sign but no elk. Passed up a spike Whitetail. Great outing though!


      Comment by montucky — November 12, 2013 @ 9:01 pm

  2. I love seeing the heavenly places you get to, beautiful. Were you photo hunting or food hunting? Would love to live in a place where that was a choice


    Comment by Mike Howe — November 12, 2013 @ 2:13 am

    • I was hunting for deer and elk, but am always happy to settle for a few pictures! It would be good to have venison in the freezer, so I’ll get more serious in the next couple of weeks.


      Comment by montucky — November 12, 2013 @ 9:02 pm

  3. Just imagine the power of the wind that did that to this tree. I wouldn’t have wanted to be camping in a tent when that blew through.


    Comment by New Hampshire Gardener — November 12, 2013 @ 5:18 am

    • It was on the wind side of the ridge top. I can imagine what some of the winter storms are like up there! I’ve been in a few in the high country when I could hear the trees snap and then after a second or two, the crash as they hit the ground.


      Comment by montucky — November 12, 2013 @ 9:09 pm

  4. Love this! I was going to compare it with Lord of the Rings, but nothing compares to nature!


    Comment by Jo Woolf — November 12, 2013 @ 5:53 am

    • It seems there is always something interesting to photograph in the back country. So many times it occurs to me when something catches my eye that no else would ever see it if I didn’t bring back a photo. I wish I could capture the many other dimensions as well.


      Comment by montucky — November 12, 2013 @ 9:15 pm

  5. I’ve never seen this species before – look at the three sets of feet! Despite the blank look in its eye, I have a feeling it’s friendly.


    Comment by shoreacres — November 12, 2013 @ 7:45 am

    • A relative of “Puff the Magic Dragon” most likely. Should have had my guitar with me!


      Comment by montucky — November 12, 2013 @ 9:16 pm

  6. Yikes! You sure did! He kind of looks like a T-rex too. Just exactly where were you…really??? 😉


    Comment by Mama's Empty Nest — November 12, 2013 @ 10:17 am

    • Sometimes on a high ridge trail in clouds, you can be wherever you want to be.


      Comment by montucky — November 12, 2013 @ 9:20 pm

  7. Montana is sooo scary…


    Comment by Lynn Millar — November 12, 2013 @ 12:26 pm

    • I guess I got there a couple of weeks late, didn’t I!


      Comment by montucky — November 12, 2013 @ 9:21 pm

  8. Sure does look like one! Or the vestiges of one.


    Comment by Candace — November 12, 2013 @ 9:08 pm

  9. Even before I saw your text below the picture I felt that I was looking at a dinosaur. What a good illusion you’ve recorded.


    Comment by Steve Schwartzman — November 12, 2013 @ 10:00 pm

    • I think it illustrates that there is still a little bit of child within all of us.


      Comment by montucky — November 12, 2013 @ 10:22 pm

  10. That is amazing! Thanks for sharing!


    Comment by Elizabeth — November 13, 2013 @ 7:20 am

  11. I like the moss on that dragon, Annie


    Comment by Forest So Green — November 13, 2013 @ 10:29 am

    • I do too, Annie. All of those old trees are decorated with moss and lichens.


      Comment by montucky — November 13, 2013 @ 8:18 pm

  12. Hi Montucky, A perfect caption for the tree’s portrait. Beautiful area. Have a super nice Thurs. tomorrow.


    Comment by wildlifewatcher — November 13, 2013 @ 6:00 pm

  13. What an incredible find…I love the bit of moss on the tree…and what must have been its twist of death…goodness. Beautiful colors, Terry….very nice photo.


    Comment by seekraz — November 13, 2013 @ 10:09 pm

    • There are many centuries of history in that old tree. This one evoked a bit of whimsy, but also a lot of respect for the old tree.


      Comment by montucky — November 13, 2013 @ 10:36 pm

  14. A dragon for sure… breathing fog!


    Comment by Mary Strong-Spaid — November 14, 2013 @ 1:04 am

    • I think it’s friendly, but I’d love to see it with a full moon behind…


      Comment by montucky — November 14, 2013 @ 9:44 pm

  15. Reblogged this on Montana Outdoor Quest and commented:
    You never know what you will find in the woods.


    Comment by MT Outdoor Quest — November 14, 2013 @ 11:10 pm

  16. fun! did a short trail run this morning and almost stopped to take a picture of some berries. thought of you and all the photos of your hikes…maybe next time


    Comment by skouba — November 18, 2013 @ 1:11 pm

    • I suspect it might be easier to carry a camera while hiking than while running. There is a lot of extreme back country trail running up here now. Those days are gone for me, but I’m quite content to make shower hikes and see everything that’s out there (with lots of time spent on photos).


      Comment by montucky — November 18, 2013 @ 9:28 pm

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