Thursday, September 20, 2007


A bit of time and space

My dear BlogFriends,

I've posted almost every day for two and a half years, and in so doing have made some lovely friends. On behalf of my faithful visitors who come regularly to B&B, I must tell you that the blog will be on hiatus for a time. I am dealing with an unexpected health problem that is consuming much time and energy.

I miss my little blog rituals more than I can say, the most pleasurable being my visits to your corners of the world. Eventually, I hope to resume posting and sharing.

Thank you for everything - your comments, your visits, your friendship, the glimpses you offer me into your own lives. My own life is so enriched by these encounters.

Thursday, September 13, 2007


The leaves begin to turn...

The leaves begin to turn..., originally uploaded by Bitterroot.
Taken from the west side of Flathead Lake in western Montana.

Friday, September 07, 2007


Clark Fork River near Alberton, Montana

Thursday, September 06, 2007


Shimmering waters

Shimmering waters, originally uploaded by Bitterroot.
Taken on the Blackfoot River just north of Missoula, Montana.

In upcoming posts, you'll see water in many incarnations...after all the heat of the fires (see previous posts), I had a need to find my most magical waters and enshrine them in my memory again. Even now, I keep thinking of the clean and gentle sounds of water in the wild, rippling over stones.

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Wednesday, September 05, 2007


Alpine lake

Alpine lake, originally uploaded by Bitterroot.
Taken in western Montana's Swan Valley.

Tuesday, September 04, 2007


Barrel racing at the Fair

Barrel racing at the Fair, originally uploaded by Bitterroot.

Taken at the Missoula County Fair in western Montana.

Monday, September 03, 2007


Golden hour on the Blackfoot River

On clear days and in unburned places, (see previous post) the sound of fast-moving water was a joy. Water became a refuge.

Saturday, September 01, 2007


Fending off fire

Concern over the forest fires in western Montana is what has prompted me to take a break from posting. I just spent three weeks in Montana in places that were surrounded by active fires pouring out thick, acrid smoke. My family and I spent time trying to protect our little ancient family cabin from being swept up in an uncontrolled fire that started in a wilderness area.

Now that September is here with cooler temperatures, the destructive power of the fires is abating to some degree. The drought, however, remains severe, and another bout of hot, windy weather could kick everything up again.

Pray for rain for the suffering land and all living beings present there.

Setting sun, obscured by red smoke
Setting sun, obscured by red smoke
Taken in Missoula, Montana

Jocko Lakes fire
Jocko Lakes fire in western Montana's Swan Valley
Taken north of Seeley Lake in western Montana's Swan Valley

Jocko Lakes fire
Jocko Lakes fire taken just south of Seeley Lake
Taken just south of Seeley Lake, Montana

Helicopter dumping water on grass fire
Helicopter dumping water on grass fire
Taken in the Flathead Valley

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