31 December 2014

Juke Box Jive - East Missoula, Montana

And what to my wondering eyes should appear at a '50s themed church bridal shower but a real live juke box!  
I found the repetitive lines even more fascinating than the fact that someone just happened to have such a treasure in their collection of cool stuff.

Wishing you a little jumpin’ juke box jive for your New Year’s Eve entertainment.
Or a good book and cup o' tea, as you wish!

30 December 2014

Windworn Winter Grass - Livingston, Montana

“As the wind at midday rains whitening over
  the grass,
As the night-bird glimmers a moment, fleeting
  between the lonely watcher and the moon,
So softly inaudibly they rained,
While I sat silent.”

29 December 2014

Depot Decor - Livingston, Montana

Northern Pacific Railroad built Livingston's embellished and colonnaded depot in 1902 as the original access to Yellowstone National Park.

Click here for more photos and information of the building's past and present.

28 December 2014

Red - Livingston, Montana

You couldn't tell just from looking, but this is, indeed, a winter scene, and snow blanketed the ground within 20 minutes of driving. A light snowfall just doesn't stand a chance against Livingston's notorious winds.

27 December 2014

Of Fields and Fences - Sealy Lake, Montana

"...Darling, the snow that sweeps the field
And swathes the garden fence
Will soon fall prey to the exchange
Of gold where gray clouds rearrange
The hills that waft above earth’s plains
And the attire of season-strains...." 
 - from Janet Martin's poem "Of Fields and Foolishness

Click here to linger amidst Janet's entire thoughtful poem.

26 December 2014

Happy Boxing Day - Missoula, Montana

Happy Boxing Day

I’m very excited to have this day off work, so am sending you my very favourite box bursting with summer sunshine. 


Remember happy summer days. 


24 December 2014

23 December 2014

Winter Depot - Livingston, Montana

"Waiting for the train to come
I keep a'waiting for the train to come
Dreamin' of the river and the rising sun
I keep thinkin' 'bout the world to come..."

- from "The River Unbroken" written by  David Hurst Batteau & Darrell R. Brown

Click the following text links to listen to versions by Dolly Parton & Russ Taff .

22 December 2014

Weather the Storm - Missoula, Montana

The Atlantic Hotel building has been an active locale in Missoula’s downtown business district since its construction in 1902. Designed by famed Missoula architect, A. J. Gibson, the ground floor originally housed a barber shop, saloon, and restaurant. Back in the day, a basic room on the upper floors would set you back seventy-five cents. Today, Circle Square 2nd Hand promises to buy anything - and they sell most everything, too.

21 December 2014

Cool Cat - Missoula, Montana

"Whether they be the musician cats in my band or the real cats of the world, they all got style." – Ray Charles

(A special thanks to Maestro for tolerating me in his space, and to his people for sharing his coolness.)

19 December 2014

Into the Fog - Missoula, Montana

"...The reveries of ruins asked: “Will no  
one come?” The skeletons of trees inquired:  
“And who are you, forever on the go?”..."

- From 'In the Fog' by Giovanni Pascoli, as translated by Geoffrey Brock

18 December 2014

Winter Courage - Missoula, Montana

"Get a bicycle. 
You will certainly not regret it.

If you live."

– Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens), US writer and humorist (1835-1910)

Interestingly enough, this particular bicycle was parked outside that venerable Missoula beverage establishment, Charlie B's.

17 December 2014

Foggy Winter Weeds - Missoula, Montana

“What would the world be, once bereft Of wet and wildness?
Let them be left, O let them be left, wildness and wet;
Long live the weeds and the wilderness yet.”- Gerard Manley Hopkins: 1881  'Inversnaid'