Montana Outdoors

December 11, 2013

They belong to the sky

Filed under: Baldy Mountain roadless area — Tags: , — montucky @ 8:46 pm

They belong to the sky

Decorated for Christmas a little early: Baldy Mountain roadless area, October 9, 2013



  1. I love the way they show which way the wind is blowing … 🙂


    Comment by Teresa Evangeline — December 11, 2013 @ 8:54 pm

    • They certainly do. The prevailing winds here come out of the southwest all of the way from the Pacific. That can clearly be seen on that mountain top because it is about 4000 feet above the surrounding valley and foothill terrain.


      Comment by montucky — December 11, 2013 @ 10:42 pm

  2. I bet this place has a brisk windchill factor.


    Comment by Malcolm R. Campbell — December 11, 2013 @ 9:10 pm

    • It does. Even in summer I make sure that I have a warm jacket in my pack when I visit there. There is always a wind and I can’t ever remember a warm one even on the hottest days of summer. During winter the wind chills there are always well below zero. The first couple of miles of the trail are through heavy forest and it is warm , but when you climb above the tree line the temperature plunges abruptly.


      Comment by montucky — December 11, 2013 @ 10:45 pm

  3. This reminds me of when we used to mix powdered laundry soap and water and beat it with an egg beater to make fake snow to dab onto the tree branches. As always, you’ve got that blue Montana sky in the photo.


    Comment by wordsfromanneli — December 11, 2013 @ 9:25 pm

    • I’ve never done that: interesting! They used to “flock” some Christmas trees to make them look like that. I like the natural ones better.
      That mountain is very white now. On clear days I can see it and the snow is probably four or five feet deep there now. I wish I could get up there, but at the moment that’s out.


      Comment by montucky — December 11, 2013 @ 10:49 pm

    • We used to make fake snow to decorate the inside of windows when I was a kid in the 50s. I’ve casually wondered how we did it, and I’ll be this was the technique. Move over, Leonardo!


      Comment by shoreacres — December 12, 2013 @ 8:44 am

  4. They certainly do, and have done for a long time judging by their wizened appearance?


    Comment by Mike Howe — December 12, 2013 @ 2:59 am

  5. Wow! Looks pretty cool with the snow only on one side of the trees!


    Comment by TheDailyClick — December 12, 2013 @ 4:59 am

    • Must have been a pretty good storm when that snow was falling!


      Comment by montucky — December 12, 2013 @ 5:48 pm

  6. It takes a tough tree to grow on a mountain top, unprotected from the elements. I love seeing them. Even the smaller ones can be hundreds of years old.


    Comment by New Hampshire Gardener — December 12, 2013 @ 5:20 am

    • They really make for an interesting hike, spent mostly in admiration!


      Comment by montucky — December 12, 2013 @ 5:49 pm

  7. They certainly do…and the WP snowflakes make a wonderful addition. I love those old trees…they provide a powerful example of the meaning of the word “endurance.”


    Comment by seekraz — December 12, 2013 @ 7:55 am

    • Every once in awhile I get to thinking I’m pretty tough. Then I study some of those trees and get my humility back!


      Comment by montucky — December 12, 2013 @ 5:50 pm

  8. I really like all the textures here – the rocks, the bare branches, the deadwood and the ethereal clouds. It’s not a “pretty” scene in the Christmas card sense of pretty, but it’s interesting and complex, which is far more beautiful in my book.


    Comment by shoreacres — December 12, 2013 @ 8:47 am

    • I bet you would love that trail. Well, maybe not so much along toward winter. Everything there is magnificent!


      Comment by montucky — December 12, 2013 @ 5:51 pm

  9. Yes, they do. Beautiful.


    Comment by Ellen Grace Olinger — December 12, 2013 @ 9:05 am

    • They seem to be almost between the earth and sky and it’s a feeling one can share being there.


      Comment by montucky — December 12, 2013 @ 5:52 pm

  10. so very beautiful, snow/ frost, green and blue sky, such a delight to see.


    Comment by Tammie — December 12, 2013 @ 11:47 am

  11. Mother Nature showed again her artist’s skills. Gorgeous photo.


    Comment by Sartenada — December 13, 2013 @ 12:05 am

  12. Wizened old creatures…


    Comment by Candace — December 13, 2013 @ 10:02 pm

    • They are veterans, for sure. I find the “skirts” on some of them very interesting. That must be an adaptation that lets them have foliage that doesn’t stand up so tall and be subject to the high winds. You don’t see them do that in other, more sheltered places.


      Comment by montucky — December 13, 2013 @ 10:08 pm

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