Montana Outdoors

November 13, 2014

On a single-digit day

Filed under: Winter — Tags: , , — montucky @ 12:46 am

Willow leaves

Winter moss

Cottonwood leaves

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  1. Getting close to your subjects in this set!

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    Comment by Malcolm R. Campbell — November 13, 2014 @ 6:51 am

    • Except for the moss. It is covering a boulder about 4 feet square. Seems to thrive especially well when the temperature plunges!

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      Comment by montucky — November 13, 2014 @ 8:23 am

  2. The mosses are tough so they can take it, but I hope you see some warmer weather soon.

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    Comment by New Hampshire Garden Solutions — November 13, 2014 @ 7:20 am

    • It’s hard to believe what those mosses can do. This was in a completely exposed position about 30 feet from the river. I’ve learned that in the coldest parts of a winter, there are beautiful moss gardens all along there.

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      Comment by montucky — November 13, 2014 @ 8:26 am

  3. I really like that last shot! That arctic air is now headed our way but it sounds like we won’t get the deep freeze that you got.

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    Comment by Mama's Empty Nest — November 13, 2014 @ 8:10 am

    • It is much warmer here than it is closer to the Divide where it is way below zero, but at the moment it is 3ยบ. We usually get a few weeks of very cold air, but this is earlier in the winter than usual. Sure makes the night sky beautiful though!

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      Comment by montucky — November 13, 2014 @ 8:29 am

  4. I love how clear and sharp your photos are. Things look altogether crispy in your neck of the woods these days.

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    Comment by wordsfromanneli — November 13, 2014 @ 11:12 am

    • Crispy it is! That’s ’cause we have a huge mass of your Canadian air spending some time here with us. Cold, but very beautiful!

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      Comment by montucky — November 13, 2014 @ 8:26 pm

      • My sister-in-law in the Olympia area has been blaming us too. How do you Americans know that this cold weather isn’t coming from Alaska? Maybe it isn’t the fault of Canadians after all.

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        Comment by wordsfromanneli — November 13, 2014 @ 9:03 pm

        • Might be from Alaska. They’re pretty sneaky up there! Actually, I appreciate the cold, clean air no matter where it comes from.

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          Comment by montucky — November 13, 2014 @ 9:21 pm

  5. The one with the leaves is stunning. Also, I love the green from the picture with the moss. Mother nature at its best ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Comment by Lucy — November 13, 2014 @ 12:55 pm

    • It’s amazing how green the moss can get in winter!

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      Comment by montucky — November 13, 2014 @ 8:31 pm

      • Indeed! I wonder if it’s really greener or it looks like that to us, as we’re used to darker colors during autumn/winter.

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        Comment by Lucy — November 14, 2014 @ 4:31 am

  6. Love the hidden frost!

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    Comment by Lynn Millar — November 13, 2014 @ 3:23 pm

    • There were little pockets of that frost on the hillside. I think possibly there were warm pockets in the rocks below the grasses that held a little water vapor to form them.

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      Comment by montucky — November 13, 2014 @ 8:33 pm

  7. Great images – so clear & sharp. Seems so very sudden to have winter right on your doorstep, although we had a very hot day yesterday and it’s still hot inside today (even though the cool change came through last night). Summer is definitely on the way for us ‘down under’.

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    Comment by Vicki — November 13, 2014 @ 4:37 pm

    • Your summer and our winter come quickly now. I think I will sit quite close up to your summer pictures this winter!

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      Comment by montucky — November 13, 2014 @ 8:58 pm

  8. I love the frosted leaf. Looks like winter is upon you. Fall didn’t last long enough.

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    Comment by Candace — November 13, 2014 @ 9:14 pm

    • Yes, Fall was short, and I was really enjoying it too. I’m already acclimated to the cold now though, and I enjoy that too. Sure makes a warm fire feel good!

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      Comment by montucky — November 13, 2014 @ 9:45 pm

  9. The moss looks so rich, warm and inviting. It’s quite a contrast to the frost-tinged leaf. I was surprised to learn that moss will do fine in colder temperatures. I guess I shouldn’t be. There are aquatic plants that thrive in the cold waters of the Pacific. What a nice pairing of photos!

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    Comment by shoreacres — November 13, 2014 @ 9:56 pm

    • For years I’ve seen the beauty of that winter moss, but each winter I’m amazed by it again. In summer it is so drab that it’s hardly noticed.

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      Comment by montucky — November 13, 2014 @ 10:08 pm

  10. Beautiful! The moss looks like it could be any scale, like a rainforest taken from several miles up!

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    Comment by Jo Woolf — November 14, 2014 @ 1:49 am

    • Yes, I thought about the perspective of that shot, and I can see it looking like hills with dense vegetation. Actually that was on a boulder about 4 feet across near the river. For some reason the moss thrives there, completely exposed to the elements.

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      Comment by montucky — November 14, 2014 @ 9:16 am

  11. I love the ice on the leaf photo; it is unique and very eye catching.

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    Comment by Charlie@Seattle Trekker — November 15, 2014 @ 6:26 pm

  12. My favorite is the second from the top. Beautiful.

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    Comment by Sartenada — November 20, 2014 @ 3:28 am

    • I also love the beautiful greens of the winter moss.

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      Comment by montucky — November 20, 2014 @ 9:03 am


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