09 June 2012

Utility and Art Bicycle, Missoula, Montana

“…I could see our makeshift nightstand: a TV tray holding an alarm clock, a tiny lamp, a box of Kleenex, and a small porcelain dish, put there, I knew, for Pete’s change. There was a cozy completeness to this utilitarian still life. It occurred to me that one of the values of going away was that you saw that something far less complex than what you were used to would do just fine.” -
from “The Art of Mending” by Elizabeth Berg

08 June 2012

Aviator Bee, Hamilton, Montana

I just noticed that this little bee looks to be wearing mirrored aviator shades, which are purportedly a "new" retro rage this summer season.   So, if this is the weekend for a yard sale to finally get rid of all your carefully preserved 1980'sunique fashion coolness, pull those shades out! And your flashdance shirts. And maybe a few select neon garments.  
Then wear them, all together, with pride that they're vintage.  (Sorry, didn't mean for you to see half my smile twitch impishly.)

07 June 2012

Raindrops Reclining, Missoula, Montana

Oft-scorned quackgrass is elevated to new status by these fantastical raindrops.

A string of diamond pearls.... new peas in their pod.... alien ladybugs walking over a hill to home....what does this make you think of?

06 June 2012

Aging Beauty, Missoula, Montana

"...The creation waits in eager expectation... in hope that [it] will be liberated from its bondage to decay....But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently." - Paul the Apostle, Letter to the Romans, Chapter 8

When I slow down to enjoy creation, I glean increased patience, desperately needed, as I am not so good at waiting. I guess the better thing to pray for is not patience, but hope, which excels at waiting.

(Plus, it seems that whenever I've prayed for more patience, I end up with a trying situation, which of course, provides the opportunity to exercise my weak-ish patience muscles....)

05 June 2012

Scrappy Stuff of Life, Lincoln, Montana

One of the aspects I most love about walking is the never knowing what you might see.
Interesting shapes & patterns can show in unexpected places, as here, in the back of a large work truck parked in a side lot of a Montana mountain town - proof positive that good things happen when you stop for a walk on a long road trip!

04 June 2012

Country Still Life, Corvallis, Montana

“Few people know how to take a walk. The qualifications are endurance, plain clothes, old shoes, an eye for nature, good humor, vast curiosity, good speech, good silence and nothing too much.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1803-1882

BIG thanks to my dear friend, M., for sharing random beautiful quotes. (The Sandurg Hungarian poem was also her splendid contribution.) 
If you have any favourites, please send them to me, & I'll try to match them to a future photo!