14 October 2016

Rapidity Of Life - Missoula, Montana

"...Why, if one wants to compare life to anything, one must liken it to being blown through the Tube at fifty miles an hour - landing at the other end without a single hairpin in one's hair! Shot out at the feet of God entirely naked! Tumbling head over heels in the asphodel meadows like brown paper parcels pitched down a shoot [chute] in the post office! With one's hair flying back like the tail of a racehorse. Yes, that seems to express the rapidity of life, the perpetual waste and repair; all so casual, all so haphazard..." - Virginia Woolf, in her story "The Mark On The Wall"

13 October 2016

Hillside Carpet - Missoula, Montana

Temptation was strong to gleefully roll down this hillside carpeted with golden willow leaves. But I resisted - not because it would leave my office-appropriate clothes in an, er, interesting state, but rather because, ever since I was about 10 years old, that whole rolling-spinning thing makes me queasy. Sad, I know.

12 October 2016

Quiet Haunt - Greenough Park, Missoula, Montana

"...But I wish that fate had left me free
To wander these quiet haunts with thee,
Till the eating cares of earth should depart,
And the peace of the scene pass into my heart..."

- from Green River by William Cullen Bryant (1794-1878)

11 October 2016

Coleus And Golden Highlights - Missoula, Montana

"...Cypress glory, bright, 
Embedded images hushed. 
Country houses, peasants, cows,
Smitten.  His soul crushed. 
Chestnut trees.  And coleus. 
Perfected by sorrows eyes. 
Lilac bushes.  Irises. 
Still Van Gogh's soul cries..."

- from Vincent Van Gogh By Dane Smith-Johnsen

10 October 2016

A Good Day For Ice Cream - Missoula, Montana

Today's Sweet Peaks' flavour: DOMA Espresso....perfect on a Sunday afternoon...but probably the last ice cream of the season....sniff!

09 October 2016

Pending Motion - Missoula, Montana

"So when I watch trains, it makes me think about how much movement there is in the world. How every train has dozens of cars and every car has hundreds of parts, and all those parts and cars work day after day. 

And then there are all these other motions. People are born and die. Seasons change. Rivers flow to the sea. Earth circles the sun and the moon circles Earth. Everything whirring and spinning toward something. 

And I get to be part of it for a little while, the way I get to watch a train for a minute or two, and then it's gone."