01 February 2014

Off-Road, Sealy Lake, Montana,

In Missoula, Montana, it snowed pretty much all day Friday.
I love it.

It induces calm in me. 
Well, except when I'm driving out of town and a blizzard whips up. No calm in a white-knuckle death grip on the steering wheel.

But this week's snow is the lovely, reverent variety. There’s no quiet exactly like the almost holy hush that comes with fresh, abundant snowfall.  If you should be graced with such, whether in the city or the wilderness, it’s worth the effort to imbibe early of the peaceful silence - even if it’s just to open a window and gaze deep - while it lasts.

31 January 2014

Come Spring, Hamilton, Montana

Come spring, this rocky avenue, rushing with overflow, will accessorize the Bitterroot River. Naturally created runoff pathways crisscross the river bottom, making something of an alternate route network. When high water proves too much for the main river artery, it shoots off into these side alleys, twisting and churning toward the goal of  rejoining the main flow. After spring rush subsides, the flotsam and jetsam dries to leave paths open for travellers on foot. Get your rambles in while you may!

30 January 2014

Magpie Benefactors, East Missoula, Montana

“Love is the thread that binds us together in the fabric of time.” -Andrea Boeshaar, in her historical Wisconsin novel, “Threads of Love

For the magpies pictured here, it’s the more practical fallen horse feed binding them to their present companions. But we won’t judge them for their pragmatism

For humans, it tends to be a worthwhile bedrock on which to build a house of love.

29 January 2014

28 January 2014

Saplings Veil, Bitterroot River, Hamilton, Montana

"Each night the temperature dips. Frost catches and controls the flooding until the next day. But during last night's darkness the level of the river dropped dramatically, leaving the saplings along its banks collared with lacy scallops of ice, with the black water churning away two feet below."
 By Luci Shaw, from "Breath for the Bones: Art, Imagination and Spirit: A Reflection on Creativity and Faith", p. 126

27 January 2014

Mossy View, Hamilton, Montana

I like to think that if a small furry animal were venturing forth into the sunshine, the contrast betwixt vast sky and close slender stems would still amaze its wee colour blind eyes. But it is possible I spent too many Saturday mornings immersed in E.B. White's furry worlds of words.

26 January 2014

Earth And Sky Lines, Bitterroot River, Hamilton, Montana

All this time
The Sun never says to the Earth,
"You owe me."

What happens
With a love like that,
It lights the whole sky.” 
--Hāfez, 14th century Persian mystic and poet