Tuesday, May 31, 2005
Sunday, May 29, 2005
A point of light in the woods: columbine
Woodland wildflowers in Wisconsin abound on the back roads and byways
on a sunny spring afternoon. Here is a delicate wild columbine,
enjoying its shady spot. Its nectar tubes attract hummingbirds.
Saturday, May 28, 2005
Friday, May 27, 2005
Tornado weather at Otter Creek, Wisconsin
The wind picks up and the air changes right before a spring thunderstorm. In tornado season, the air can take on an eerie greenish cast. This was taken in the hills east of the Mississippi in the driftless area of Wisconsin.
Thursday, May 26, 2005
Crossing the Divide: the Lewis & Clark trail
This is Lemhi Pass on the Idaho/Montana border, looking across to the
Montana side. This was the first place the Lewis & Clark Expedition
crossed the Continental Divide. In their efforts to find a passage to
the Pacific, the Lewis & Clark Expedition traversed this pass and met
the Shoshone, who provided horses and a guide.
When they discovered the Salmon River was not navigable, the
travelers then retraced their steps over Lemhi and traveled up the
Bitterroot Valley to Lolo, Montana. The excruciating trip over Lolo
Pass is the stuff of legend, but Lemhi is not as well known.
The headwaters of the mighty Missouri are here, spouting from the
earth as a tiny spring. The Big Sky surrounds and enfolds you
completely at this spot; the wind rattles the sagebrush. Except for a
primitive road, the land looks much as it did in 1805.
Wednesday, May 25, 2005
Flying under a summer thunderstorm
A small plane tries to dodge a summer storm without impaling itself
on the peaks of the Bitterroot mountains below.
Taken on the Montana-Idaho border.
Monday, May 23, 2005
Evening in the canyon
The air in the canyon chills and the sun's last rays gleam on a
distant hill while campers watch the river flow by in the twilight.
"The River of No Return" ~ Main Fork of the Salmon River, Idaho.
Sunday, May 22, 2005
Dusk on the Salmon River
Dusk settles in quickly as the sun dips beyond the canyon walls of
the "River of No Return" in Idaho.
Friday, May 20, 2005
Flower by the stream: evanescence
Thursday, May 19, 2005
Glimpse through grass
Tuesday, May 17, 2005
The Blackfoot River ripples over rocks, refracting sunlight in
millions of dancing, mesmerizing rays. The sound of this river is a
song that stays with me always.
Monday, May 16, 2005
Sunday, May 15, 2005
A view to lift the heart
Mount Stuart looms above Missoula, Montana with brooding
magnificence, as seen from the Moose Can Gully Ranch.
Friday, May 13, 2005
Trail of Lewis & Clark
Scapegoat Wilderness just south of the Bob Marshall as seen from the
upper Blackfoot Valley in western Montana. Such magnificent stories, people, and places in the Blackfoot ~
a place of legend and memory, linked to my family
through history and lore.
Thursday, May 12, 2005
Fir trees frame an early spring view of the Scapegoat Wilderness as
seen from Flescher Pass on the Continental Divide.
Tuesday, May 10, 2005
Where are the cows?
Monday, May 09, 2005
Moon over Bitterroot Mountains
The waning moon ushers in a chill morning as the sky begins to lighten over Blue Mountain west of Missoula.