Sunday, July 24, 2005
I shall be gone until mid-August, but will be back with more heart-places to share. Thank you for your visits. I enjoy reliving these magical places with you.
Saturday, July 23, 2005
Curve of the earth
The curve of this hill against the Bitterroot mountains is a lovely scene that changes every minute with the weather coming in from the west. Moose Can Gully Ranch in western Montana.
Friday, July 22, 2005
Storm over the Missions
Thursday, July 21, 2005
Late afternoon sun makes a dramatic shadow pattern on the cliffs bordering the Smith River in central Montana.
Wednesday, July 20, 2005
Snow, granite, and pines on a cloudy day
Tuesday, July 19, 2005
Fresh snow in the summer
Fresh snow in the mountains in June is a good harbinger for lower fire danger later in the summer. We could use a little more of that precipitation now, however.
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Monday, July 18, 2005
Barn with soul
This old barn has a soul of its own, having sheltered many generations of critters and kids. As a youngster, this was one of my favorite places to play on a summer afternoon. Magical!
Sunday, July 17, 2005
This sturdy little plant is part of the mosaic of the forest floor in Montana woodlands. Birds and bear alike, along with many other animals, depend on kinnikinnick for food. The leaves are reported to make a refreshing tea.
Saturday, July 16, 2005
Morning sun touches the peaks of the Swans
The Swan Range again...imprinted on my mind's eye when I was very small and my dad built a little cabin at their foot. The Swans run north and south from just below Glacier Park to the Blackfoot Valley. They form the western boundary of the Bob Marshall Wilderness Area. The beautiful Seeley-Swan valley runs between the Mission and the Swan Ranges.
Thursday, July 14, 2005
Storm rolls in
Sunshine and storm clouds compete as the thunder rolls over the hills above the Smith River in central Montana.
Wednesday, July 13, 2005
Study in greens
Taken on the Clearwater River in Swan Valley, Montana just south of Glacier Park. This river, linking a chain of several lakes and joining with the Blackfoot east of Missoula, is well named. Its waters have a startling, almost unbelievable clarity.
Tuesday, July 12, 2005
Sunset over the Mission Mountains
Another shot taken from the Double Arrow Ranch in the Seeley- Swan Valley in western Montana.
(See June 29 for more about the Double Arrow.)
Monday, July 11, 2005
Lake McDonald, Glacier Park
In various parts of the world, live webcams are focused year-round on some spectacular scenes. Some of my favorites are in spots in Glacier Park. If you go to the sites at just the right moment, you will find some breathtaking views in real time -- peaks on fire with sunrise, magnificent storm scenes, etc.
Here is Lake McDonald during a quiet period a couple of hours ago. The webcam shots are fuzzy and spotted from drops on the camera lens, but the scenes they record provide a continuous window on a glorious world.
Sunday, July 10, 2005
Old sidesaddles from early Montana days
Saturday, July 09, 2005
Sunny day? Rainy day? Who can tell in Montana?
Watching the weather roll in refreshes the soul. The interplay between sun and rain on the mountains of western Montana is endlessly absorbing.
Friday, July 08, 2005
Logs with history
Contrast in shape, dimension, and texture: in the background are old tamarack logs stacked to form a cabin. This little dwelling rests within a grove of its cousins that are six centuries old. There is something elegant, mysterious, and timeless about the tamarack tree, also known as the western larch.
Taken in the Swan Valley, western Montana.
Thursday, July 07, 2005
Family farms still dot the countryside in southwestern Wisconsin.
Here is a glimpse at the breadbasket of the middle west: a thriving
stand of corn on the Fourth of July.
Wednesday, July 06, 2005
From my kitchen window
A puzzled pair of twins slipped out of the forest to gaze around the clearing and then bounded away, leaving me to wonder if I had seen a dream.
Tuesday, July 05, 2005
A cactus garden planted in Wisconsin's rigorous clime that thrives and blooms each year. Vicki's green (or thorny) thumb is the source of this particular miracle...
Monday, July 04, 2005
A tiny fern's foothold
Plants create their own mini-world by clinging valiantly to inhospitable surfaces. A testament to the tenacity and adaptability of all life.
Taken in Iowa County, Wisconsin
Sunday, July 03, 2005
A final glow
Saturday, July 02, 2005
Friday, July 01, 2005
The river and its surroundings remain shrouded in fog and mystery as the first light of day brightens the horizon. Taken at Camp Baker on the Smith River in Central Montana.