Montana Outdoors

April 26, 2014

Fountain of raindrops

Common Scouring-rush

Common Scouring-rush ~ Equisetum hyemale

(Usually not seen at this stage of its development, or early on a cold drizzly morning, with an old black stocking cap for a background; nor photographed from a nearly prone position in very wet, tall grass…)


  1. Pretty hard to improve on nature!


    Comment by wordsfromanneli — April 26, 2014 @ 3:55 pm

    • It really is, isn’t it! I have no aspirations to improve, only to seek out and share.


      Comment by montucky — April 26, 2014 @ 7:13 pm

      • And you make a lot of people happy by doing that.


        Comment by wordsfromanneli — April 26, 2014 @ 7:21 pm

        • I sure hope so, Anneli! Our wild places and their flora and fauna need friends very badly right now.


          Comment by montucky — April 26, 2014 @ 8:32 pm

          • Yes, they do, and it’s sad that many of the city people don’t have any idea what is being lost.


            Comment by wordsfromanneli — April 26, 2014 @ 9:26 pm

            • And the exploiters know but don’t care. I think often of the Iroquois’ ecological concept of planning to sustain the needs of their people seven generations into the future. The Salish people who live near me have a different seven generation ideal, theirs looking at the decisions of the past three generations, where they are now, and how today’s decisions will affect three generations ahead of us. Why do our modern “civilized” governments not pay any heed to this kind of thinking?


              Comment by montucky — April 26, 2014 @ 10:14 pm

  2. When I saw the photo, I thought it was going to be another night shot like the box elder. Nicely done! I guess I should toss a black sock cap into my camera bag.


    Comment by jomegat — April 26, 2014 @ 3:56 pm

    • I took several photos with natural background, but there were some light colored twigs behind it which were distracting, so I went back (it’s just up the road a bit) with a black computer screen cleaning cloth (which proved to be too small), a black umbrella (which was too large) and that old black cap which was about right.


      Comment by montucky — April 26, 2014 @ 7:16 pm

  3. The hat made a great background for this one and it really helps bring out the details. Yes, it’s time to get back down in the dirt, but shots like this one make it worthwhile.


    Comment by New Hampshire Gardener — April 26, 2014 @ 4:33 pm

    • The natural background was too distracting and so I had to try something else. I love photographing wildflowers and have long been resigned to having my mustache in the dirt a lot.


      Comment by montucky — April 26, 2014 @ 7:18 pm

  4. Nicely done!


    Comment by centralohionature — April 26, 2014 @ 5:07 pm

  5. Ah, the things that we do
    To bring pictures to all of you.


    Comment by Steve Schwartzman — April 26, 2014 @ 5:14 pm

  6. Hi Montucky, You have captioned your exquisite photo perfectly! Have a great Sunday tomorrow!


    Comment by wildlifewatcher — April 26, 2014 @ 8:36 pm

    • Thanks wildlifewatcher! I wish you a great Sunday too!


      Comment by montucky — April 26, 2014 @ 9:04 pm

  7. Live this photo , and your background is perfect ! … A photo can´t be much better than this … // Maria 🙂


    Comment by mariayarri — April 27, 2014 @ 2:50 am

    • Thanks Maria. These little plants do this every spring about this time and only for a short time. I missed seeing them for so many years and then one day I noticed what they were doing.


      Comment by montucky — April 27, 2014 @ 9:06 pm

  8. Excellent photo – it is like a kind of meditation in itself! Well done and thank you for getting yourself soaked on the damp grass to get this!


    Comment by Jo Woolf — April 27, 2014 @ 5:32 am

    • Thanks Jo. I see things like this and realize how many things like it must exist that we just don’t find! Nature has many secrets.


      Comment by montucky — April 27, 2014 @ 9:09 pm

  9. Beautiful! Glad you are doing better at getting around, too; the picture I have in my mind of you taking this photo is kinda funny! Walk On!


    Comment by Beth — April 27, 2014 @ 7:52 am

    • Thanks Beth. Yes, I agree the antics that I go through these days to get a photo would be amusing if anyone was watching. Oh well, if it works…!


      Comment by montucky — April 27, 2014 @ 9:10 pm

  10. … and you just keep showing us how very beautiful the world really is …


    Comment by Teresa Evangeline — April 27, 2014 @ 11:20 am

    • Isn’t it fun when you stumble upon something like this! There are many very harsh elements to the natural world, but very much beauty as well and it is found sometimes in unusual places.


      Comment by montucky — April 27, 2014 @ 9:13 pm

  11. Way to use your head or should I say hat lol !!


    Comment by Bernie Kasper — April 28, 2014 @ 6:37 pm

  12. It does look much like a tiered fountain of the sort seen in plazas – or the chocolate fountains found on fancy buffet tables! The water drops are an especially nice touch. It’s a beautiful plant, and your creativity with the background really shows it off nicely.


    Comment by shoreacres — April 29, 2014 @ 5:06 pm

    • I’m fascinated by the water drops. I don’t know exactly why they collect where they do or why they show in the sizes that they do. I’ve previously observed their presence only when there was a heavy dew during the night, but I think these came from a rain that we had during the night. Last night it was cold (26F) and there was heavy frost, but this morning no drops on the plant. Well anyway, I think they are pretty.


      Comment by montucky — April 29, 2014 @ 7:01 pm

  13. That was cool — I bet in more ways than one! 😉


    Comment by Mama's Empty Nest — April 30, 2014 @ 7:58 am

  14. Excellent photo. You just proved how artistic the nature can be!


    Comment by Sartenada — May 1, 2014 @ 5:00 am

    • Thanks! It sure can be. One wouldn’t expect this plant to look so stylish, but at the right times it really does!


      Comment by montucky — May 1, 2014 @ 7:34 pm

  15. So you’re crawling around prone again, after the shot? That’s good 🙂


    Comment by Candace — May 1, 2014 @ 7:25 pm

    • It’s not a thing of beauty, but I can get the job done with no serious injury.


      Comment by montucky — May 1, 2014 @ 7:35 pm

RSS feed for comments on this post. TrackBack URI

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Blog at

%d bloggers like this: