Montana Outdoors

January 6, 2017


Filed under: Trees — Tags: , — montucky @ 12:25 pm

As a counterbalance to arrogance, in yourself or in others, just look up at the trees.


This tall pine is easily more than two hundred years older than we are.


  1. It’s a beauty. Looking very beautiful in that frosty coat, all in its own humble way.

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    Comment by wordsfromanneli — January 6, 2017 @ 12:33 pm

  2. I often think about that when I walk through the woods. It puts me “in my place” or should I say “in a better place”.

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    Comment by centralohionature — January 6, 2017 @ 12:35 pm

    • I always do. They help to understand who and what I am in respect to the rest of the world.


      Comment by montucky — January 6, 2017 @ 2:04 pm

  3. I also look to trees for wisdom. This is one beauty of a tree!

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    Comment by Tammie — January 6, 2017 @ 12:54 pm

    • I often think of all that has happened in the lifetime of a big tree, and everything that one would have seen had they been standing there with it. Our lives are so very short by comparison.


      Comment by montucky — January 6, 2017 @ 2:07 pm

  4. Yep. Hopefully, that tree will stand long after we all are gone. Puts life into perspective for sure. Whenever I start to even think that I’m “all that and a bag of chips” like the kids used to say, I am reminded of the verse in the Bible that says, “Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.” So true.

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    Comment by Mama's Empty Nest — January 6, 2017 @ 2:38 pm

  5. I spend a lot of time looking at trees and I agree. It’s good to feel small now and then.

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    Comment by New Hampshire Garden Solutions — January 6, 2017 @ 4:14 pm

  6. I’ve known just a few very arrogant people personally, and it occurs to me that none of them would be likely to even stop at the foot of your tree, let alone look up. It certainly is a beauty — but it’s fun to see that hillside, too, and remember some of the flowers you’ve shown us from that spot in different seasons. I like thinking of what’s lurking under that pretty white blanket.

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    Comment by shoreacres — January 6, 2017 @ 4:31 pm

    • I certainly agree! There’s a wonderful package full of things awaiting someone who will seek them.


      Comment by montucky — January 6, 2017 @ 7:56 pm

  7. Great image. I’m one who is absolutely fascinated by tree bark, let alone the enormous height which some trees grow to.

    I was looking at my many tree bark images from the RBG only last night and thinking how strange some of them are.

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    Comment by Vicki — January 6, 2017 @ 4:50 pm

    • Each different kind of bark is a sign of each different success strategy. For example,the bark at the bases of a number of the large evergreens grows so thick that it is impervious to wildfire. That is a quite simple strategy, but the others must be equally successful but for different reasons.

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      Comment by montucky — January 6, 2017 @ 7:59 pm

  8. One of the amazing things about these giant beings that we live among–the trees–is that they are very ‘aware’ of their surroundings, just in a totally different way than we are. They know how cold or hot it is, they are very aware if the soil is wet or dry and who is living in it (they interact intensely with the bacteria, fungi, nematodes and insects in the soil, and with the roots of other trees), and they know not only how long the daylength is, they know when it is increasing or declining. They are certainly very aware (and respond) when they are attacked by beetles or nibbled by a deer. It is a wonderful thing to pay attention to them, it really does change your own awareness.

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    Comment by jpostol — January 7, 2017 @ 7:11 am

    • I certainly agree! I have often thought that trees somehow know the love that I have for them.

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      Comment by montucky — January 7, 2017 @ 8:22 am

  9. I feel that way in nature, too. That is one huge tree. We have a big Goldwater pine but yours looks much taller.

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    Comment by Candace — January 7, 2017 @ 4:14 pm

    • This one will get much larger yet, hopefully, and live several hundred more years.

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      Comment by montucky — January 7, 2017 @ 9:31 pm

  10. Hi Montucky, Pretty Pine. Most are good looking trees. Nice photo. Have a wonderful Sunday tomorrow!

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    Comment by wildlifewatcher — January 7, 2017 @ 7:19 pm

  11. Nothing is more humbling than nature, Montucky!

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    Comment by Watching Seasons — January 8, 2017 @ 1:47 am

    • True. Makes me wonder why there is so much arrogance in the world.


      Comment by montucky — January 8, 2017 @ 8:38 am

  12. Any of natures beauties truly overshadow us and we should be thankful for the opportunity to gaze upon and enjoy her beauty.

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    Comment by Ron Mangels — January 9, 2017 @ 8:45 pm

  13. Still looks a beauty .. and that blue sky 😃

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    Comment by Julie@frogpondfarm — January 10, 2017 @ 1:10 pm

  14. I guessed that it was near to Your house. Excellent photo.

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    Comment by Sartenada — January 18, 2017 @ 6:20 am

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