20 July 2013

Flowerbox Celosia, Missoula,Montana

This rich red celosia complements the orange marigolds and purple pansies in a neighborhood flowerbox. And it's more than just a pretty face - turns out you can eat it (click here for more on that.)

19 July 2013

Evening Pansy, Missoula, Montana

“The beauteous pansies rise
In purple, gold, and blue,
With tints of rainbow hue
Mocking the sunset skies.”
- Thomas John Ouseley

18 July 2013

Neighborhood Classic, Missoula, Montana

There’s a lot to be said for planned neighborhoods - tidy lawns, curbs and sidewalks, no unsightly wreckage or hog farms. But the interest factor is low to non-existent compared to mixed residential and commercial blocks that sprawled before planning kicked in. I much prefer views that vary in a 5-block ramble - classic autos in a restoration shop, broad old trees shading an irrigation ditch,
custom kitty castles
and brightly blooming garden plots.

17 July 2013

Bee On Chive Blossom, Missoula, Montana

I just can’t escape all the poser bees, just begging me to take their photo.
So I snap my shutter and sing, “You’re so-o vain, you prob’ly think this song is about you…”.

(Like all posers, they secretly love that song.)

16 July 2013

Windsock, Missoula, Montana

Windsocks, for me, are forever associated with tag-along trips with older brothers or my dad to the county airport, often just to watch the planes arriving and departing. I’ve been told (since this pre-dates my memory, or possibly my existence) that an early landing strip for St. Paul, Alberta, was one of the level pastures on our farm. (Not to be confused with the town's alien landing pad.) I indistinctly recall Canadian Aviation Hall of Fame‘s Vera Dowling landing there in her little yellow plane, and then coming into our house to visit. And I remember walking with my older sister, following tyre tracks across the pasture grass, to watch the remote-controlled maneuvers of the local model plane club, imagining Stuart Little piloting one of their planes.

This windsock pictured above, however, graces Missoula’s Osprey Stadium. I suppose wind direction is good to know when you’re throwing the ball fast enough to get a speeding ticket on the Interstate.

15 July 2013

Silvery Shadows, Missoula, Montana

The smooth, silvery bark of this beech tree is a perfect foil for the delicate shadows of surrounding foliage.

Thanks to Missoula's Good Food Store for beautifully arranged plantings.

14 July 2013

Sunflower Centre, Missoula, Montana

Just one small piece of the alley Lion's domain, since he appears to be king of all he surveys. And yes, the sunflower centre really is that rich indigo, at least at this stage, in this particular bloom.

(Jump to the Lion post by clicking here.)