20 June 2015

Creek Greens & Sunlight - Missoula, Montana

“Love is like seaweed; even if you have pushed it away, you will not prevent it from coming back." -Nigerian Proverb quotes 

I rather like this mental image - that love keeps wafting our way in the ebb and flow of life's current - which is not always as gentle as this low-water stream!

19 June 2015

Urban Wildlife - Missoula, Montana

Filed under 'Things I Might See On My Lunchtime Walk'.

There I am, walking along, peppy music in headphones, looking up at the cool clouds, then at the swaying weeds in vacant lot to right, then left at the green green Pepsi plant lawn - whoah! THAT is a HUGE buck! 
Please note this is not the national forest, rather a busy industrial area with commercial warehouse operations, a large machinery dealership, and the UPS distribution centre all within a block either way. And I am 30 feet away on the sidewalk.)
While I was taking pictures (crouched 20 feet away behind a measly 12" wide tree trunk, just in case...), a fella from Pepsi drove by and hollered, 'So, you like our pet?!' 
I have to say, today's wildlife interaction was much more pleasant than last week's multiple incidents of dive-bombing crow parents thinking me on the sidewalk was too close to their fledgling on the company lawn. Scary movie flashbacks. (Shudder!)
I prefer peaceful Bambi any day - especially from behind a tree.

18 June 2015

Shadow Patterns - Potomac, Montana

“Don't be afraid of your dark places. If you can shine a light on them, you can find treasure in there.”

17 June 2015

Ordinary Observed (Or Trivial Pursuits) - Missoula, Montana

"He knew what it was then that Liz had given him; the thing that he would have to go back and find if ever he got home to England: it was the caring about little things - the faith in ordinary life; the simplicity that made you break up a bit of bread into a paper bag, walk down to the beach, and throw it to the gulls. It was this respect for triviality which he had never been allowed to possess; whether it was bread for the seagulls or love, whatever it was he would go back and find it..." 
- John le Carré, from The Spy Who Came In From The Cold

16 June 2015

Waiting For Change - Missoula, Montana

“If you don’t like change, you are going to like irrelevance even less.” - General Eric Shinseki

To end on a lighter note:

“When the light turns green, you go. 
When the light turns red, you stop. 
But what do you do when the light turns blue 
with orange and lavender spots?”
- Shel Silverstein, A Light in the Attic

15 June 2015

Daisy Chain Link - Missoula, Montana

"That men by reason will it calle may

The daisie or elles the eye of day

The emperice, and floure of floures alle." 

- Geoffrey Chaucer, The Legend of Good Women