Montana Outdoors

September 26, 2018

Determined individual

Determined individual

This little tree, dwarfed by the continual wind and the altitude, the deep snow and ice of winter and the blazing sun of summer, remains determined to live where its seed somehow fell on a tiny bit of soil in a field of rocks at the top of a mountain.

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  1. I’m always touched by images like this — and this one’s especially beautiful. The contrast between the rocks and the clouds is remarkable. That surely isn’t a path there on the left, leading past the tree — or is it? I suppose it’s the result of natural forces like erosion, but it’s fun to imagine some creatures wearing the path in the rocks.

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    Comment by shoreacres — September 26, 2018 @ 9:41 pm

    • It is a rather minimalist scene, but one that sure caught my attention. That is the trail that was established there in the late 1920’s to build and support a fire lookout on the peak at an elevation of 7400 feet. Nearly a mile of the top part of the trail is all rocks like that and when you again reach real dirt on the trail on the way back down you have an urge to kneel down and kiss the dirt.

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      Comment by montucky — September 26, 2018 @ 10:15 pm

  2. This is a beautiful image, Montucky. I feel great respect for these determined, stunted trees surviving in marginal environments.

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    Comment by Lavinia Ross — September 26, 2018 @ 10:53 pm

    • I have a huge respect for trees too and wish more people would also. If we would consider their long lifetimes and the conditions that they need to flourish and not just to survive, I think we would be much more careful in our treatment of the forests.

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      Comment by montucky — September 27, 2018 @ 8:34 am

  3. That’s such an impressive photo. Nature is incredibly dtermined if humans don’t interfere.

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    Comment by Candice — September 26, 2018 @ 10:54 pm

  4. Remarkable how a single tree can grow in such barren landscape. One of those sights that make one just look…..and stare…..and wonder.

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    Comment by Vicki — September 27, 2018 @ 6:45 am

  5. I really like your post, Montucky. It’s not just because the photo is amazing but because of the story told by it. That little tree represents the human spirit to me – perseverance and determination to beat the odds no matter what.

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    Comment by Mama's Empty Nest — September 27, 2018 @ 7:51 am

  6. Isn’t that amazing! I’m always struck, sometimes a little amused, seeing little trees growing out of cracks in cliffs. Plants sure can have a lot of tenacity.

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    Comment by Laura Elizabeth — September 27, 2018 @ 8:06 am

    • It’s amazing what they attempt and how often and to what degree they succeed.

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      Comment by montucky — September 27, 2018 @ 8:46 am

  7. And look at that beautiful trail to the left of it….what a wonderful place for a trail…and a determined individual….! 🙂

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    Comment by seekraz — September 27, 2018 @ 9:46 am

    • I admire the rugged folks who built those trails there. That’s a Forest Service lookout trail built nearly a hundred years ago but still maintained. There are many of those trails left and I consider them real treasures.

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      Comment by montucky — September 27, 2018 @ 9:57 am

      • I agree with you, Terry…they had to have been rugged folks to have dug those trails out of the earth and maintained them for so long…tough work, to say the least…and yes, indeed, they are real treasures…the places they allow us to see….

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        Comment by seekraz — September 28, 2018 @ 8:23 am

        • I have to wonder though just how many still enjoy those trails. One of my recurring nightmares is that trail maintenance will be reduced or discontinued due to lack of hiker interest.

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          Comment by montucky — September 28, 2018 @ 7:09 pm

  8. I’ll bet it has roots that reach to China. All that wind makes trees grow strong roots!
    Beautiful color in that sky!

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    Comment by New Hampshire Garden Solutions — September 27, 2018 @ 3:10 pm

    • I bet it has too. There are dead trees up there that must have been dead for over a hundred years. Must be strong roots that hold them in place.

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      Comment by montucky — September 27, 2018 @ 4:15 pm

  9. A strong loner.

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    Comment by wordsfromanneli — September 27, 2018 @ 6:29 pm

    • Everything up there is tough. I don’t know how the trees even make it.

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      Comment by montucky — September 27, 2018 @ 6:43 pm

      • I’ve always wondered that too, especially some of them that grow in a tiny crevice halfway down the sheer drop of a rock cliff.

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        Comment by wordsfromanneli — September 27, 2018 @ 6:51 pm

  10. There must be a metaphor or two for life in this image!

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    Comment by de Wets Wild — September 27, 2018 @ 8:56 pm

    • Perhaps, but there is no other point to be made from the little tree; merely an illustration.

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      Comment by montucky — September 27, 2018 @ 9:34 pm

  11. Lovely photo. I am glad that You shot a photo of it and presented it to us. Thank You.

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    Comment by Sartenada — September 29, 2018 @ 4:50 am

  12. I think I recognize that trail. Hope you had a great visit on top!

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    Comment by Ron — September 29, 2018 @ 7:31 am

  13. That’s perserverance!

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    Comment by heartandsoul974 — September 29, 2018 @ 2:59 pm

  14. That truly is admirable and makes for a wonderful photo.

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    Comment by Tammie — September 30, 2018 @ 8:06 pm

  15. Amazing photo. I bet one would kiss the dirt after walking in those rocks for awhile.

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    Comment by Candace — October 1, 2018 @ 12:42 am

  16. I love and admire these type of scenes of a determination to survive. Thank you for sharing!

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    Comment by bayphotosbydonna — October 1, 2018 @ 6:16 am

    • There are many examples of that determination in these rocky mountains, but this was different because of its stark simplicity.

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      Comment by montucky — October 1, 2018 @ 7:49 am

  17. What an environment .. perseverance for you! Great shot .. 🙂

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    Comment by Julie@frogpondfarm — October 2, 2018 @ 12:50 am

    • It’s amazing it can live there. Many times when I was there I was happy to know that when I descended a thousand feet and got into the forest again it would be warmer (or cooler) in the protection of the trees.

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      Comment by montucky — October 2, 2018 @ 7:13 am

  18. The photo is stunning both technically and compositionally but, mostly, it makes one pause and think. Which is always the gift of art.

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    Comment by Scott Thomas Photography — October 3, 2018 @ 7:32 am

  19. A very philosophical and instructional picture 🙂

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    Comment by Watching Seasons — October 11, 2018 @ 6:47 am

  20. Really like this unusual photo, montucky, and a good reminder of tenacity we can all learn from.

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    Comment by Jet Eliot — October 11, 2018 @ 3:48 pm

  21. Hi Montucky, Really nice photograph of the single old tree. Sort of reminds me of the photographs I have seen of Bristlecone Pines on the Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains – oldest trees in North America supposedly. Enjoy your fine mountain air and trails (doggie too!). Have a wonderful day!

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    Comment by wildlifewatcher — October 20, 2018 @ 8:39 am

    • Thank you! Yes, there is a definite similarity to the Bristlecones. I have admired some of them in the high desert of Arizona.

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      Comment by montucky — October 21, 2018 @ 10:15 pm


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