Whispering Pines by rocamiadesign

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My tribute to the great Johnny Horton song. These trees are the survivors of the Robert Fire, which decimated the western portion of Glacier National Park in 2005. The fire jumped the Northfork of the Flathead River here, in Great Northern Flats, and entered the Park. I always find a melancholy beauty in these trees.

The snowflakes fall as winter calls and time just seems to fly
Is it the loneliness in me that makes me want to cry
My heart is sad like a morning dove that’s lost it’s mate in flight
Hear the cooing of his lonely heart through the stillness of the night


Whispering pines whispering pines tell me is it so
Whispering pines whispering pines you’re the one who knows
My darling’s gone oh she’s gone and I need your sympathy
Whispering pines send my baby back to me.

See that squirrel up in the tree his mate there on the ground
Hear their barking call of love of the happiness they found
Is my love still my love oh this I gotta know
Send a mesaage by the wind because I love her so
Whispering pines…

Photo taken at Great Northern Flats in Glacier National Park, Montana (USA), August 20, 2011, with a Kodak EasyShare Z712 IS camera. Postprocessing was done in Photoshop CS. These are the actual colors of the sky. The only editing I did was an Orton effect to soften the sky. I then sharpened the original layer and selected the trees to place over the Orton layer.


  • Angela King-Jones
    Angela King-Jonesover 3 years ago

    I’ve never heard this song but it is very fitting for this beautiful image.. wonderful array of colours

  • Thank you, Angela!

    – rocamiadesign

  • ducilla
    ducillaover 3 years ago
    A fine view of this horrible fire!.. As sad as it is to see I think the fire can be natures way of renewal in some way?.. wondeful sky and great color!..dennis
  • Thank you, Dennis! It really is the best way for nature to recycle itself. The bad thing about this fire was that it threatened so many homes in the area. It came within a mile of our home. I remember having to pack our most important belongings and sitting around waiting for the evacuation order. Fortunately we didn’t have to leave our home but many other people did. The firefighters did an amazing job containing the fire.

    – rocamiadesign

  • Kay Kempton Raade
    Kay Kempton Raadeover 3 years ago

    WOW!! Beautiful.

  • Thank you, Kay!

    – rocamiadesign

  • George Lenz
    George Lenzover 3 years ago

    awesome colors and composition

  • Thanks, George!

    – rocamiadesign

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkeover 3 years ago

    Gorgeous capture and colors. WOW!

  • Thanks, Bunny! This is why I can’t wait to move back out into the country again. I’d rather see trees than all these ugly apartment houses that surround us here.

    – rocamiadesign

  • CraigsMom
    CraigsMomover 3 years ago

    I love that song! Johnny Horton was one of my favorites.

  • It’s nice to hear from somebody who remembers one of the real country singers. My husband used to play and sing a lot of Johnny Horton’s and Marty Robbin’s songs. Those are our sons’ earliest memories and they still refuse to listen to New Country.

    – rocamiadesign

  • Alana Ranney
    Alana Ranneyover 3 years ago

    So Beautiful!

  • Thanks you, Alana!

    – rocamiadesign

  • Leon Heyns
    Leon Heynsover 3 years ago

    Very nice lighting. This is one of my favorite parks. Well captured.

  • Thank you, Leon! We used to live within a couple of miles of Glacier Park and I miss having that view.

    – rocamiadesign

  • Sharon Kavanagh
    Sharon Kavanaghover 3 years ago

    Gorgeous colours… Beautiful capture..

  • Thank you, Sharon!

    – rocamiadesign

  • Megan Noble
    Megan Nobleover 3 years ago

    LOVE the sky, gorgeous! :)

  • Thank you, Megan!

    – rocamiadesign

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