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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.