Turning Seasons

The colours of fall are amazing. As we drove through Montana on our way back to the coast, the brown hills near Missoula impressed us with their brilliant deciduous growth in the valley bottoms.

Even before learning the name of the huge trees with almost black bark, I have loved the look of the black cottonwoods. In Montana’s ever-present breeze the leaves whisper soothingly. It does the soul good just to stand quietly under one of these trees, close your eyes and listen.

I don’t know what the red shrubs are that don’t mind getting their feet wet in the creeks and rivers, but I saw the same shrubs growing in the small waterways of southern British Columbia as we drove home. dscn7290If I were a painter, I wouldn’t hesitate to set up my easel here.dscn7288Or here! I love the white bark on the trees below. Are they birch? Poplar? I don’t know, but they’re beautiful.

Notice how yellow and brown the grass is. It’s usually fairly dry here.dscn7296

Now see how green the grass is in the photo below. We are on the coast and the wet weather reminds us that we’re nearly home. That tree floating in the bay is a Douglas fir that was washed away from the banks of the river and has floated all the way into the estuary. It was a very tall tree, although it may be hard to tell from the photo. I later saw this same tree in a video clip someone posted to the weather network.

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Just a couple more miles to home. We’ve driven past flooded fields and a cresting river. So glad we live on high ground.

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32 thoughts on “Turning Seasons

    • Thanks, Hans. This state is gorgeous. One of my favourite rivers in Montana is the Clark Fork. The Missouri is nice too, but the Clark Fork is really picturesque and the highway crosses it many times as it winds through the state.

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  1. I love the pictures with the birches! During the mushroom season we can find the “Birkenroehrlinge” underneath them and they have the same stems like the tree does.

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    • I’ve missed the mushroom picking this year. It rained so much that they ground (and the mushrooms) are probably soggy, and in the early “pickable” days we were away in Montana. But you can’t have it all, I suppose. I’m glad you like the birches (or whatever they are). I love their white bark.

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  2. On my twitter page I put up a photo I took of those colorful red and gold shrubs. I don’t know what they are, but you’re right, that would make a great painting. Sometimes I wish I knew how to paint, that’s why I take my camera along. 🙂 Really nice pics. Have a great weekend and stay dry.

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  3. I really liked your journey across a vast area of land, Anneli.
    The one lovely photo of scenery you mentioned would make a beautiful painting, really would. Maybe I will try with watercolors and show it on my own blog, giving your photo as inspiration! 🙂
    I am not sure if I can capture this natural breathtaking scene, though.

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  4. Pingback: Watercolor inspired by Anneli’s photograph | witlessdatingafterfifty

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