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Monday, December 21, 2009

More Christmas Photos

More Christmas photos. First, a reflection of christmas lights in the window. Then the Gingerbread House my son and husband made.


Sunday, December 20, 2009

A Moment of Reflection

This is a series of shots I took of the Christmas ligths reflecting off of objects. A couple of door knobs in our hallway and our bannister for our stairway.

I'm especially fascinated with reflections of all types, but I think you would find that's pretty typical among most photographers.


Kitty Glow

This is a series of shots I took while my cat was playing with the Christmas Lights. I discouraged him as best I could. Fortunately, he got bored after the tree went up. Now I'm putting up the ornaments he knocks off so he can't reach them again.

If you look closely at the last two shots you can see the Christmas lights are reflected in his eyes.



Christmas Lights

Christmas lights vex me. Whether I've attempted a macro shot or just driving down the road. I have a hard time getting a decent shot of them. Granted, it's not quite possible while moving although you can get some cool motion shots that way. However, I am talking we can stop the car, and I still end up with many blurry, out of focus shots. I keep trying. I'm hoping practice will make good enough.


PS - The shot below is on purpose. I liked the way the lights turned into bright color dots when I took my lens completely out of focus.



Love Buns

We have heart-shaped muffin pans. For Thanksgiving, Chris baked buns in them.


Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Palisades Falls - The Trail Up

A couple of weekends ago we decided to go see what Palisades Falls looks like in the winter. Luckily, we were able to get up there. And we were not disappointed. However, that will be tomorrow's post since it is getting late. What I posted tonight is what we found on the trail leading up to the falls.

Yes, the first photo is a spider and that is snow in the background. It's been a really unusual year for me. I do find insects and spiders after it snows from time to time, but this year has been off the charts. This is three so far since it's snowed. I know it's not a huge number, but it breaks records for me.

The last two photos are some interesting ice formations I found in the stream that comes off of the falls.


Sunday, December 6, 2009

Out and About in Bozeman - Sunset Hills Cemetary

Sunset Hills Cemetary is bordered by Lindley Park and Burke Park. I found you can access it from the trail at the top of Pete's Hill, so I went in for a bit after some sledding. It's an interesting mix of some of the oldest graves (There's a whole section devoted to the Storys. It's kind of cool.) and some of the newest graves to be found in Bozeman.

While I don't confess to being one of those people who loves to mope around a graveyard, I'm not afraid to wander through one either. I have always been fascinated by some of the more ornate gravestones that you find in older cemetaries. I would probably love to tour New Orleans or some of the older cities back east.

One of the things I always end up looking into is the children's graves. While in college, I learned that naming a child before they turn two is a rather recent tradition in history. The reason being, that the child mortality rate used to be higher, so people would wait to name their children until they were sure they would survive and grow up. That's really hard for me to wrap my mind around. Because it is sad to think of children dying, I distract myself by seeing if they have put a name on the stone. Many times it will be a very general reference something like baby boy johnson or baby girl jones.

The switch over starts to take hold anywhere from the 1910s to the 1920s. By the 1930s, you begin to see names on most of the children's stones. I also find it interesting that in recent years, you will find stuffed animals laying on top of the grave. Like they used to bury pharohs with all their stuff. A talisman of sorts.

Below are a couple of children's graves. I find the shoes really sad. They imply emptiness and a sudden stop. Some of these stones are so old the elements have worn the names and dates away. The lamb on the second gravestone implies innocence. Not only is the grave covered in lichen, the elements have worn away the name and dates. This left me feeling a bit melancholy. The disintegration brings home the image of ashes to ashes and dust to dust in the sense that time will move on and there may be nothing left on earth to show that we were here. While the last image is not a children's gravestone, it is very interesting to me because of the Eastern influence of the architecture depicted on the stone.



Of Ice and Flies

This is a series of shots I took a couple of weeks ago. The wavy icicles coming off the roof over our back porch are cool. Then I actually found a fly crawling around in the snow. Cold tends to make insects lethargic, so I was able to take plenty of photos of him. The last photo is a chunk of ice that had fallen off the corner of our roof. The way it fell into the leaves framed it quite nicely so as to show off its brilliance.


Friday, December 4, 2009

You Find...

You Find the Most Beautiful Things



You Find the Most Surprising Things

The View from Pete's Hill

Bozeman nestled under a blanket of snow tucked into its crib between the trees and the moutains.


The Bozeman


Bozeman Public Libary

Grain Storage Bins behind Montana Ale Works

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Mess of the Month - November


This month is a little bit different. Due to the holidays, I lost track of time and forgot to take my picture. So I am substituting this photo instead. About 2 weeks ago, while my son was home sick, I decided I could no longer abide the mess that was my pantry, so I cleaned it up. It took me 4 hours.

Check Out October's Mess


Friday, November 27, 2009

Out and About in Bozeman - City Lights

I took this series of shots from the M Trail as we were coming down. I thought it would be interesting to arrange them in chronological order as light slowly seeps from the sky.


Rocks and What Grows on Them

Once again I find myself a few weeks behind. A couple of weekends ago we decided to go hiking on the M Trail. While it's one of my favorite trails to hike, it's not the easiest trail on the planet. (Well, it is to all the joggers. Me, I'm a bit out of shape.) I do however love the view from the top and this rock outcropping has been a favorite subject of mine since we moved here. And as you can see, there is always plenty of interesting fungi and lichen to find as well.


Wednesday, November 25, 2009

We Will Miss You

We had to put our dog down this morning. She was at the end of a very difficult battle with bone cancer. She will be sorely missed. If I ever get such a nasty disease, I hope I can handle it with half the grace that she did.


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Saturday, November 14, 2009

Stuck Bugs

We have discovered a cheaper fly strip. Those sticky gel designs that you put on your window. Well, we've had snowflake ones up for a year, and they've gotten kind of melty, so now all they're good for is catching flies and gnats. I threw them out. Of course, I took these photos first, so I could share and gross everyone out.


Shadow Play

These are a series of shots I took the other day when the shadows through our sliding glass door were making interesting patterns.