24 December 2009

Skywatch Friday: Cutting the Christmas Tree

Daugher Emily arrived home from college this week, so it was time to cut our Christmas Tree. We drove to a favorite spot just a few miles from our home in Walkerville/Butte, Montana. Then it was a matter of hiking the hills until we found the perfect tree. "How about this juniper, with its pretty berries pulling their blue color from that patch of open sky?"

No, we like Douglas Firs for their fragrance and soft, friendly needles (unlike those poky pines or sharp spruce). "Here's a good one! Hand me that saw:"


Out of the woods, the roads are not icy. "Find a place to turn out the 4WD hubs. Here, by the friendly horses, so I can bring a bunch of grass and say 'Hi!'"

Back in Butte, America, the sun sets on the Mountain Con gallows frame (aka mine headrame), silhouetted against a bright blue sky:

The tree is up and partly decorated. MollyTheDog tells PhoebeTheCat about her role in it all--braving the wilderness and keeping the wolves & lions away during the great tree adventure of 2009:

Merry Christmas!

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eileeninmd said...

Looks like a fun adventure goin to cut the tree down. And its neat that Molly got to help. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Bill S. said...

Merry Christmas as you enjoy the tree you harvested. Fir is better than spruce!!

Sylvia K said...

Ah, memories of Montana! What a fun tree cutting! Great shots! Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas!



Should Fish More said...

Glad Emily is home, she had a great year back east swimming. My son Henry emailed today, he said their FOB in Afghanistan is festive, and santa hats are the uniform of the day

secret agent woman said...

What? Pines are not poky. Our white pine tree has soft draping needles. But the important thing is that you get a tree you like.

Larry said...

Great fun and I like your perfect tree. Looks like Emily and Molly enjoyed themselves too. Merry Christmas to all!

Grace Olsson said...

A fun adventure...good..

nice shots

Merry Christmas

Maria said...

I can breath in the evergreen just looking at these photos!
The circle of family around us makes a beautiful glow!
A Joyous Christmas to you ~

ps. I heard my husband and son laughing hysterically the other day and had to see what was going on...They were watching video clips of Bill Dance Bloopers
Had to share these with you!

Frostbite and Sunburn said...

Thank you visiting my blog.

Looks like you had a fun time getting your tree - and very purdy it looks too. Wishing you a belated happy Christmas

Anonymous said...

I like all the trees. Looks like you had a good outing.
Happy Holidays, late!