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01 April 2015

Near Stars - Missoula, Montana


Like so many near stars, the caragana's still-furled leaves luminesce; a neighbourhood Milky Way. Mystical, magical - like the tiny unicorn image I stuck to the rainbow in a large framed picture hanging on a co-worker's office wall. 'Tis the day for such frivolity, after all.

31 March 2015

Rangeland- SouthWest Montana

"..Western land was made for those
Who like land wild and free...
I want the sage, I want the grass,
I want the curlew's call...
Just give me country big and wide
With benchland, hills and breaks,
With coulees, cactus, buttes and range,
With creeks, and mountain lakes,
Until I cross the Great Divide,
Then, God, forgive each sin
And turn me loose on my cayuse
But please don't fence me in."
- from 'Open Range' by Robert H. Fletcher, from Corral Dust, 1936 edition

30 March 2015

Old and New, Indoors - Wilma Theatre, Missoula, Montana

Lighting trees and cabling cast layered shadows on the classic grillwork in the Wilma Theatre's main auditorium. Recent news of new owners with restoration and tech upgrade plans is building anticipation in both history and music camps.

29 March 2015

Fencing The Sky - SouthWest Montana

"There's always another storm. It's the way the world works. Snowstorms, rainstorms, windstorms, sandstorms, and firestorms. Some are fierce and others are small. You have to deal with each one separately, but you need to keep an eye on what’s brewing for tomorrow.” - Maria C. Snyder, Fire Study "

28 March 2015

Open Sky - Missoula, Montana

"...But moments do not pause or linger
Caught in a vortex of wide-open sky..." 

Read the full text of this and other evocative verse at Another Porch...A Poetry Blog.

27 March 2015

Myriad Mountains - North of Dillon, Montana

Taking the interstate south toward Salt Lake City, I was  perpetually enthralled by a new view around every curve and over every rise. Good thing for me it was too early in spring for windows to be down  and bugs to be out, else I'd have sucked in a ton of, ahem, protein, what with my slack-jawed gaping. The layered mountain ranges all boast distinctive characteristics, geographically elbowing aside their neighbor and hollering, 'Look at me! No, me!...' .
Glad not to be driving (thanks to TBHE), I indulged in my latest experiment of snapping passing scenes with my phone camera. All in all, a very satisfactory trip.

26 March 2015

Open Window - Missoula, Montana


"Your assumptions are your windows on the world.  Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won't come in.” - Isaac Asimov (1920 - 1992)

25 March 2015

Despite Spring - Clark Fork Riverbank, Missoula, Montana

Despite Tuesday's daytime snow, Friday's forecast is a balmy 70 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Welcome to spring in Montana.