07 July 2020

Future Food - Hamilton, Montana

Wee world within a world! 
While not quite as small as Who-ville, the intricacy within this blossom (pepper or perhaps tomatillo?) was delightfully diverting during our wait on Fiesta en Jalisco's patio in Hamilton, Montana. (Plus we loved the owner's creativity in nestling veggie plants in the same planter as summer flowers.)

04 July 2020

Quiet Fourth of July - Butte, Montana

"Ladies and gentlemen: I little thought that when the boys woke me with their noise this morning that I should be called upon to add to their noise. But I promise not to keep you long. You have heard all there is to hear on the subject, the evidence is all in and all I have to do is to sum up the evidence and deliver the verdict. You have heard the Declaration of Independence with its majestic ending.... You have heard the history of the nation .... All I have to do is to add the verdict, which is all that can be added, and that is, 'It is a successful day.' " - Samuel L. Clemens (aka Mark Twain, 1835-1910), at 1886 celebration in Keokuk, Iowa 

02 July 2020

Roadside Morning Glory - Missoula, Montana

Such a world of wonder in the small faces of these wandering weed blooms, each no bigger than a 25-cent coin. 
It's like a miniature iris crossed with a petunia and flung profligately along the roadside!
Pause, bend low, gaze deeply…
(& here’s hoping the un-bending is not a tricky navigation!)

01 July 2020

Mountain Medicine - Anaconda-Pintler Scenic Highway, Montana

”The doctor pressed her hand once more and hurried on his way. But Heidi remained standing in the same spot, waving until he seemed like a mere speck in the distance. When he turned around for the last time to look at her , he said softly to himself, 'It is good to be on the mountain. Body and soul get well, and life is happy again.'  - from Heidi, page 199, by Johanna Spyri (1827-1901)

26 June 2020

Bees Love Thistles - Missoula, Montana

Okay, maybe it's a little weird, but I sometimes like to watch bees about their business. They are just so very... busy! But in all my flower stalking (haha! get it?!), I haven't seen a bee as engaged as with this thistle. No dip-and-zip off to the next bloom for this little guy - he had clearly found a honey-love and was going to stay with it until he'd mined every pokey petal! In truth, I buzzed off before the bee, who was undeterred by my close-in camera ogling. High marks there for focus and perseverance, which was just the inspiration I needed this week on a couple thorny (snort!) tasks! So, go bee awesome! (Okay, my corniness is done here.)