3/19/10 – Featured in THE WORLD AS WE SEE IT, OR MISSED IT Group.
3/21/10 – Featured in the FREEDOM TO SHINE Group.
2/2/11 – Featured in the MONTANA Group.

SECOND PLACE WINNER in the Black and White challenge, in the Disability and Beauty group.

Taken a couple days ago, on St. Patrick’s Day. I had gone for a walk, looking for some sign that Spring was coming, and could find nothing but the melting snow on the mountaintops. The trees are all still barren, except for the evergreens. I loved the look of this stark willow against the storm clouds.

The mountain is Teakettle, which is on the western slopes of the Rocky Mountains in Columbia Falls, Montana, USA.

Taken with a Kodac EasyShare Z712 IS camera.

- Kathleen -

A color photo of the same tree:


black and white, kathleen emerson, montana tree, roca mia design, weeping willow, winters dirge, ftrd2010, ftrd2011, columbia falls montana, flathead valley, rural neighborhood


  • tori yule
    tori yuleover 4 years ago

    This is beautiful, I love the willow against the clouds too. We are just staring to show signs of new life here and it feels good. Nice work

  • Thank you Tori! Hopefully there will be some sign of flowers here soon.

    – rocamiadesign

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkeover 4 years ago

    OOooo! This is gorgeous. Love the lighting in this one.

  • Barbara Applegate
    Barbara Applegateover 4 years ago

  • Fractal3dArt
    Fractal3dArtover 4 years ago

    Magnificient use of black/white photography….and totally outstanding detail…great use of contrast too! BRAVO!!!

    JUSTARTover 4 years ago


  • christiane
    christianeover 4 years ago

    Such an ominous and dramatic mood captured beautifully

  • whisperjo
    whisperjoover 4 years ago

    Wonderful dramatic feeling evoked in this image. Black/white serves it well!

  • Vicki Ferrari
    Vicki Ferrariover 4 years ago

    Wonderful shot Kathleen!! Not very springy to me but hey, I live in Australia!! I guess you are really hanging out for some signs of new life though I must admit, it must be marvelous to have such a variety in seasons!! :))

  • Thank you! It doesn’t look very springy here. It blizzarded the day after I took this photo, but that’s Spring in Montana. We don’t usually have an actual Spring until the beginning of June. It lasts about two weeks and then the summer heat arrives.

    I loved Spring when I lived in Australia. It was time for surfing and skin diving.

    – rocamiadesign

  • solareclips~Julie  Alexander
    solareclips~Ju...over 4 years ago

    Beautiful work!

  • Thank you very, very much! I’m so excited. This is my first feature with the group.

    – rocamiadesign

  • Donna Ridgway
    Donna Ridgwayover 4 years ago

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