19 December 2015

Evening Nigh - Corvallis, Montana

"I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape - the loneliness of it... Something waits beneath it, the whole story doesn't show." - Andrew Wyeth  (1917-2009)

18 December 2015

Historical Depot Christmas Beacon - Missoula, Montana

"A mother's happiness is like a beacon, lighting up the future but reflected also on the past in the guise of fond memories." -  Honore de Balzac (1799-1850)

And wasn't part of first Christmas's true beauty and hope that of a mother's heart? It amazes me to think on Mary's (and Joseph's, too, but that doesn't tie in to my quote) trust and obedience amidst a situation that must have garnered an avalanche of questions. Possibles: What?! Why? Who?! How?!!! When? Where?!  And despite - or perhaps because of? - these, they continued on as directed. May we be inspired in this season to shine our best light, whether it be toward someone's hopeful future or with thankful reflections from our own history. 

17 December 2015

Walkin' In A Winter Wonderland- Missoula, Montana

A morning of steady snowfall inspired much stomping of boots in the office vestibule and whistled snatches of " outside is frightful...let it snow, let it a winter wonderland...".

16 December 2015

Leftover Gold - Missoula, Montana

Autumn's golden leavings 
stand rustling
amidst winter's stark wind 
and marbled shore,
like so many muddled strands of 
Rumplestiltskin's discards.

14 December 2015

Berries For The Birds? - Missoula, Montana

"White and yellow, kill a fellow.
Purple and blue, good for you.
Red... could be good, could be dead..."
- berry mnemonic from former Green Beret Myke Hawke, discussing outdoor survival tips on Good Morning America