Montana Outdoors

April 18, 2016

Horsetail and morning dew

Filed under: Spring — Tags: , , , — montucky @ 11:26 am

Horsetail

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  1. Stunning. I needed that….just came back from a funeral for a friend….the beauty of the natural world through your lens is uplifting.

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    Comment by jpostol — April 18, 2016 @ 12:55 pm

  2. Like diamonds.

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    Comment by Malcolm R. Campbell — April 18, 2016 @ 12:57 pm

  3. That’s gorgeous!

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    Comment by Val — April 18, 2016 @ 2:40 pm

    • There weren’t as many this year and I nearly missed them. I love how the dew decorates them!

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      Comment by montucky — April 18, 2016 @ 5:48 pm

      • Are they tall?

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        Comment by Val — April 18, 2016 @ 5:50 pm

        • Most at this stage are 4 to 6 inches tall and the stage doesn’t last long before they stretch out an become skinny and lose the circular layers, so there is a very small window in which they look like this.

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          Comment by montucky — April 18, 2016 @ 5:52 pm

          • That’s amazing! They look much taller and it hadn’t occurred to me that they change their appearance. No wonder you nearly missed it.

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            Comment by Val — April 18, 2016 @ 5:56 pm

  4. It’s a beautiful thing but wow, they sure can take over a yard!

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    Comment by New Hampshire Garden Solutions — April 18, 2016 @ 2:50 pm

    • The only ones I see near here are up the road a ways in a very small area. I will refrain from bringing any home!

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      Comment by montucky — April 18, 2016 @ 5:49 pm

  5. Very nice! Love the dew drops!

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    Comment by Reed Andariese — April 18, 2016 @ 4:07 pm

    • Seems like the conditions that cause them to do that are short-lived, but they are really pretty when it happens.

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      Comment by montucky — April 18, 2016 @ 5:50 pm

  6. Beautiful! And the ones in the background make a nice bokeh. I was having the hardest time getting your photos to load today but I couldn’t get my own to load either. But I could get other blogs with photos to load so I don’t know what that’s about. Maybe it’s a WordPress issue.

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    Comment by Candace — April 18, 2016 @ 5:50 pm

    • Might have been. I’ve been on and off the site just a few times today so I haven’t noticed anything. All of the photos that I put on the blog actually reside on Flickr and I just reference them from there, so it could have been a Flickr problem too.

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      Comment by montucky — April 18, 2016 @ 5:55 pm

      • I did check Flickr and yours were loading slowly but mine on Flickr weren’t. Who knows…

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        Comment by Candace — April 18, 2016 @ 5:56 pm

  7. What an interesting shot. The way the dew touches the tips of the foliage is fascinating and makes for some interesting bokeh in the background too.

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    Comment by Vicki — April 18, 2016 @ 6:28 pm

    • It’s a mystery why the drops stay right at the tips of the new leaves like that. It must be part of a survival strategy that I don’t understand, but I sure enjoy seeing it.

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      Comment by montucky — April 18, 2016 @ 8:22 pm

  8. absolutely beautiful!

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    Comment by Tammie — April 18, 2016 @ 7:37 pm

    • Thanks Tammie. It is beautiful the way Nature works. Some of the natural functions almost seem to be just for esthetics.

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      Comment by montucky — April 18, 2016 @ 8:24 pm

  9. I was pondering why those droplets might cling as they do, at the end of the tips, and something occured to me. When I’m working on a boat and it rains, the drops disappear very quickly on wood that’s sanded, but they hold their form on slick, newly varnished surfaces for quite some time. I wonder if there might be some difference in the surface between the tips of the leaves and the portions farther in. They are beautiful — they remind me of Spanish tiered fountains.

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    Comment by shoreacres — April 18, 2016 @ 8:31 pm

    • That is a big clue as to why the drops sit just on the tips. The leaf tips are newly formed and rather waxy at that stage of development and that may allow surface tension of the water drop to make it stay in a sphere and not wick on down. While they are at that stage though they sure are pretty!

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      Comment by montucky — April 18, 2016 @ 8:51 pm

  10. The fact that the tips of the leaves point upwards and the water is staying on the ends, is what captured my attention. Beautiful.

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    Comment by wordsfromanneli — April 18, 2016 @ 9:05 pm

    • I sure would never have a thought to design something like that, much less execute it. Maybe the law of gravity doesn’t always work!

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      Comment by montucky — April 18, 2016 @ 9:14 pm

      • I remember one of my teachers saying to me when we were on a field trip, riding in his car in the rain, the water running up the windshield, “You didn’t know water ran uphill, did you?”

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        Comment by wordsfromanneli — April 18, 2016 @ 9:17 pm

  11. That reminds me of an Asian temple. Beautiful! 🙂

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    Comment by Jo Woolf — April 19, 2016 @ 12:19 am

  12. The reflection in each drop is so beautiful …. it almost seems … dare I say, holy … 🙂

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    Comment by Teresa Evangeline — April 19, 2016 @ 8:05 pm

    • It’s a beautiful creation, and yes, I do feel a kind of reverence for such things.

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      Comment by montucky — April 19, 2016 @ 8:16 pm

  13. Lovely is nature’s creation.

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    Comment by nvsubbaraman — April 19, 2016 @ 11:11 pm

  14. What a cool photo, Terry, I love it! Another work of art by nature!

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    Comment by bayphotosbydonna — April 21, 2016 @ 7:42 pm

    • You know, it really is art: I don’t know what else to call it. I wonder how many things like that I still miss when I’m out. Quite a few, probably.

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      Comment by montucky — April 21, 2016 @ 8:24 pm


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