23 August 2014

Escape Lines, Missoula, Montana

“…Lined shadows
Resembling thin
Prison bars
Descend to the
Sidewalk below
Where people
Stroll beneath them.

A scratchy song
Cries sadly
From a radio
Where a girl
Whose hair is wet
Soulfully sings
Into her comb….” 
From “Fire Escape” by Roger Singer

Read the entire poem, and others, here.

22 August 2014

Dusk Downstream, Missoula, Montana

“A free bird leaps
on the back of the wind  
and floats downstream  
till the current ends
and dips his wing
in the orange sun rays
and dares to claim the sky….”

From “Caged Bird” By Maya Angelou

Read the entire poem here

21 August 2014

Swish/Toss, Corvallis, Montana

Another variety of Montana's roadside beauty. Even with a rail fence in between, being near this lovely calmed my busy brain and recalibrated the rest of the day.

“Horses make a landscape look beautiful.”
Alice Walker

“Horse sense is the thing a horse has which keeps it from betting on people. ”
W.C. Fields

20 August 2014

Cool, Clear Water; East Missoula, Montana

Western Montana evening temps have cooled to about 70 degrees F - perfect campfire weather, barring fire danger restrictions, of course. It doesn't pay to ignore Smokey the Bear's warnings.
Click the text link and sing along with Marty Robbins‘ campfire classic: "Cool...clear...water (water!)".

19 August 2014

NorthBound, Shelby, Montana

vernal by joanna dibble
i hear the cranes again
riding the thermals upward
this warming morning
calling and circling, they
fall into the long v shape
an arrow swiftly northbound

Read more from joanna dibble at her Hello Poetry site

18 August 2014

Togetherness, Missoula, Montana

Moral of the Story: If you’re going to get dumped out of your inner tubes before Brennan‘s Wave, it’s sweeter to get dumped out together.

Despite the prevalence of unexpected swims, tubing continues unabated on the Clark Fork River near Missoula, with hundreds of weekend afternoon floaters hitting the water for relaxing respite from summer’s heat.

17 August 2014

Beauties of Nature, East Missoula, Montana

“Bless the body. Mine has led me into many scrapes, but I’ve led it into far more. If the imagination were obedient, the appetites would give us very little trouble. And but for our body one whole realm of God’s glory - all that we receive through the senses - would go unpraised.…
I fancy the ‘beauties of nature’ are a secret God has shared with us alone. That may be one of the reasons why we were made - and why the resurrection of the body is an important doctrine.”
C.S. Lewis, Letters to Malcolm, Chiefly On Prayer

Blooms of this river bottom wild potato vine definitely fall in the “beauties of nature“ category. Let the beauties treasure hunt continue amidst our everyday.