16 September 2017

River's Moment In Time - Clark Fork River, Missoula, Montana

"What makes photography a strange invention is that its primary raw materials are light and time."

-John Berger (1926-2017), English art critic

From Map of the Heart by Susan Wiggs, Part 2 intro page

14 September 2017

Really Smoky - Near Philipsburg, Montana

"A cynic is what an idealist calls a realist."

-Colonel Henrique Martens, in The Paris Spy by Susan Elia MacNeal, p. 291

In reality, it's really smoky in most of Montana.

BUT they say rain - or even perhaps a freeze, with snow in the mountains! - is coming yet this week. Hurrah!

(Yes, we are excited about early frost; somewhat sad, but true.)

11 September 2017

Clear Skies Over Montana - Missoula, Montana

Omigosh, clear skies in western Montana - I almost don't know how to process this!

Weekend winds cleared the air in the Missoula valley to astonishing clean, but the view toward Lolo, Montana, (centre of photo) still shows thick smoke fug lingering further south. 

After so many weeks, the clear air was almost unbelievably bewildering, even while we were thankful to breathe deep and get active outside. 

(Sadly, pessimism lurks with thoughts of "Better enjoy it while it lasts!")