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23 February 2018

Sound Judgement: Stay Indoors - Near Lakeside, Montana

Here's a thought - from a favourite thinker - with potential to spark vigorous dinner conversation (& has absolutely nothing to do with today's photo)

“If one’s judgment is unsound, their expert advice is of little use.”
 
- Wendell Berry, from "Damage, stanza 1"

 (& just as a teaser, here's another deep thought from stanza III of the same poem:

"...It accepts the clarification of pain, and concerns itself with healing.  
 It cultivates the scar that is the course of time and nature
over damage: the landmark and mindmark that is the notation
of a limit.

To lose the scar of knowledge is to renew the wound..."

22 February 2018

Wintery Missions - St. Ignatius, Montana

Cresting the last rise just south of St. Ignatius, Montana, usually reveals a breath-catching view of the Mission Mountains. This past Saturday, it was just snow clouds down to the valley floor - but the mountain majesty came out of hiding a bit further up the road. 

It snowed and snowed and snowed all weekend in most of western Montana, making for diffused views and a quietly beautiful drive - if you slowed down a bit to take the edge off the road situation.

21 February 2018

Wintery Willows - Near St. Ignatius, Montana


I have it on first-person authority that New York City is enjoying 74 degrees F today.
And Montana waits and wishes for a bit of winter mildness, thinking of spring and wispy willowy greenness to come....

“In a world where thrushes sing and willow trees are golden in the spring, boredom should have been included among the seven deadly sins.”

- From The Rosemary Tree by Elizabeth Goudge (1900-1984)

20 February 2018

Wildish Sky - Missoula, Montana



A mixture of sunshine and storm in today's lunchtime sky instructs to enjoy the present sunbeams - and prepare for more snow! 
The promise of sunshine on my face (er, what you could see of it behind the scarf pulled high and hat tugged low) drew me out  into the c-c-c-crisp, brrrr-isk air. 
Once out under God's great big sky, I was reminded of this lovely poem snippet from the the delightful mind of Janet Martin:

“…or this; weeping of wind 
Drifting lost; aimlessly
Through winter’s stricken woodlot
Where a leaf-song used to be

Already then I knew
When I was but a child
Something unwritten beckoned
In the air, driving me wild” 

-From Before the Poems... by Janet Martin 

Read and ruminate on the entire poem here at Another Porch Poetry Blog.

13 February 2018

Crisp And Clean - Missoula, Montana

"Crisp and clean, no caffeine...!" - and none needed, what with invigorating temps of 17 F (-8 C) to keep one moving at a good clip! 
Winter sunshine amidst crisp, clear air is certainly one of this life's delights. (Can you tell I spent a good portion of my childhood overly-bundled & playing out in the snow?)

08 February 2018

Tree Texture - Missoula, Montana

"I search for the realness,
 the real feeling of a subject,
 all the texture around it...

 I always want to see the third dimension of something...

 I want to come alive with the object.” 

-Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009) 

(Click the text link in Wyeth's name - pleasepleaseplease do! - to sip and savour his glorious gift of texture.)

07 February 2018

Green Door, Circle Square - Missoula, Montana

In the lore of various cultures, 
doorways are significant, as well as their colours.

When I was a kid, the Polka Dot Door was an important part of my Canadian cultural experience
(along with the Friendly Giant, Mr. Dressup, LambChop, & BatFink!).

Today's portal fixation is a Missoula green door at Circle Square Second Hand's side entrance, mainly because it stands out so brightly against the aged alley brick.
(And what about that retro lantern?!)

06 February 2018

Full Moon Mood - Over Missoula, Montana

"I suppose there were moonless nights and dark ones with but a silver shaving and pale stars in the sky, but I remember them all as flooded with the rich indolence of a full moon."

-Willa Cather (1873-1947)Obscure Destinies - Two Friends”, p.175, U of Nebraska Press

03 February 2018

Another Leaf (not turned over) - Missoula, Montana

"The snow crystals . . . come to us not only to reveal the wondrous beauty of the minute in Nature, but to teach us that all earthly beauty is transient and must soon fade way. 

But though the beauty of the snow is evanescent, like the beauties of the autumn, as of the evening sky, it fades but to come again.”


02 February 2018

Open Leaf - Missoula, Montana

"Matisse draws what I call 
 the essence of the plants. 
He leaves a shape open
He'll do a leaf 
 and not close it. 
Everybody used to say,
 oh, I got it all from Matisse,
 and I said,
 'Not really.'"

-Ellsworth Kelly (1923-2015)
Matisse draws what I call the essence of the plants. He leaves a shape open. He'll do a leaf and not close it. Everybody used to say, oh, I got it all from Matisse, and I said, 'Not really.'
Read more at: https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/ellsworth_kelly_605885
Matisse draws what I call the essence of the plants. He leaves a shape open. He'll do a leaf and not close it. Everybody used to say, oh, I got it all from Matisse, and I said, 'Not really.'
Read more at: https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/ellsworth_kelly_605885
Matisse draws what I call the essence of the plants. He leaves a shape open. He'll do a leaf and not close it. Everybody used to say, oh, I got it all from Matisse, and I said, 'Not really.'
Read more at: https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/ellsworth_kelly_605885
Matisse draws what I call the essence of the plants. He leaves a shape open. He'll do a leaf and not close it. Everybody used to say, oh, I got it all from Matisse, and I said, 'Not really.'
Read more at: https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/ellsworth_kelly_605885

31 January 2018

Crystallized - Missoula, Montana

"The object of art
 is to crystallize
 emotion
 into thought, and then
 fix it in form."

 - Francois Delsarte (1811-1871)

30 January 2018

On Discovery - Missoula, Montana

"I believe it is worthwhile trying to discover more about the world, even if this only teaches us how little we know. 
It might do us good to remember from time to time that, while differing widely in the various little bits we know, in our infinite ignorance we are all equal."

- Karl Popper (1902-1994), Quoted in Ch. 44 Heading of The Last Days Of Night by Graham Moore

24 January 2018

Nature At Work - Bitterroot Valley, Montana

"Nature is ever at work 
 building and pulling down, 
 creating and destroying,
keeping everything
 whirling and flowing,
allowing
 no rest
but in rhythmical motion,
 chasing everything
in endless song
 out of one 
beautiful form 
into another."

- John Muir (1838-1914)

22 January 2018

Winter Wanderlust - Bitterroot Valley, Montana

"...My feet tug at the floor
And my head sways to my shoulder
Sometimes when I watch trees sway...


...I shall make the reckless choice
Some day when they are in voice
And tossing so as to scare
The white clouds over them on.
I shall have less to say,
But I shall be gone...."


-From The Sound of the Trees by  Robert Frost (1874-1963)

21 January 2018

Wint'ry Community - Bitterroot Valley, Montana

"...But the first thing next morning we reflected
If one by one we counted people out
For the least sin, it wouldn't take us long
To get so we had no one left to live with.
For to be social is to be forgiving...."  

- From The Star-splitter by Robert Frost (1874-1963)

(Click here to read the entire poem, in all it's small-town story charm.)

17 January 2018

Leaf Retrospective - Missoula, Montana



I liked this little leaf so much, I noodled around with black & white possibilities - which turned out well enough that I wanted to share this alternate view, plus a keen thought on creative perspective.

"Writing has laws of perspective,
 of light and shade just as painting does,
 or music. 
If you are born knowing them, fine. 
If not, learn them. 
Then rearrange the rules to suit yourself.”


-Truman Capote (1924-1984)