Friday, March 26, 2010

Skywatch Friday - Bozeman, MT

Well, I've decided to join Skywatch Friday. This is my first post. To see more skylines from around the world visit:

Skywatch Friday

To see more of my cloud photography from Bozeman, Montana visit:

Sunday, March 21, 2010

The Ruins of Storrs

Below are ruins of a town that used to produce coal. It was called Storrs. These walls were once coke ovens. You can read the sign to see what happened. (To view a larger photo, click on the image.) These ruins are visible along Trail Creek Road. They are fenced off with barbed wire, so you can't get right next to them.

Where's Your Sense of Adventure?

The title is my response to my son when he complained that he did not want to take the scenic route home. We had been in Livingston for the distric Pinewood Derby races and wanted to come home off the freeway.

So we took a scenic route via Old Yellowstone Road then onto Trail Creek Road. It's mostly gravel, but it has some beautiful views along the way. The Absaroka and the Gallatin Mountain Ranges can be seen along this route.

When I went to say hi to the horse in the middle, it took one good whiff of me and decided to chew on my coat sleeve cuffs. Gee thanks. I couldn't figure it out until I realized that I had just eaten McDonald's fries, so I probably had some salt on my cuffs. I forget how much horses love salt. Other than that incident, I got through yesterday's adventures unscathed.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

A Celebration of Clouds

Today's post is about clouds. It has come to my attention that one of my original websites is a hot property, so I'll be going back to revamp it and spend time updating once again. In celebration of this revival, I've posted some clouds I photographed today while at the Museum of the Rockies.

If clouds are your thing, please drop by

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

My Brave Sweet Wonderful Husband

Well, it's that time of year again. St. Patrick's Day St. Baldrick's Day. To support cancer research for children, my husband shaved himself bald again this year. The first picture there is a year's worth of hair and beard growth. The hair is gone, the beard remains. He plans to keep it , at least until summer, as it gives him a very Shel Silverstein look.

I would like to add that the hair stylist is Angie Clingingsmith. She works at Hair It Is in Bozeman, MT. Thank You Angie!

A Year's Worth of Growth
Moe Cut

Punk Cut

Shel Silverstein

Heap of Hair

Monday, March 15, 2010

Mess of the Month - March

Well this is March's mess. Not too bad. However, I have an excuse this time and it's a good one! I have been cleaning the fridge. Yup. You would think I could get the table together over a nice long week of Spring Break, but in addition to fridge cleaning, I will be catching up the laundry and dishes. Oh, well, better luck next time.

Check Out February's Mess!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Sourdough Canyon - Sundays in My City #1

Unknown Mami hosts a theme called Sundays in My City, and I thought that would be a lot of fun, so I'm joining in.

You can click here to check out her latest Sunday post.

Meanwhile welcome to Bozeman. Today's post comes from Sourdough Canyon, Bozeman Creek Trail.

Snow Grooming Equipment

Spider Web / Cocoon Remains?

Fall Remains

Bozeman Creek

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

A Couple of Rare Finds

This past Sunday we went to the duck pond at MSU to feed the ducks. This is one of our favorite things to do. My son loves it so we can out without much fuss. It's close to our house, so it's a quick trip. Then we can get outside even if we don't have much time in our day.

This past Sunday was quite an adventure. We were lucky enough to see a couple of duck breeds that are not usually around. The first photo is a wood duck. Very colorful. Especially in a sea of Mallards.

The second photo is of a crested duck. The crest is bred into the duck, so it's not an indication of breed. Best guess is it's a Khaki Campbell. His female companion does not have the crest. He is a huge duck, too. So it's almost like he's the chieftain of the whole bunch.

Then I was lucky enough to get some rare shots. The mallard coming in from flight. I love those shots when I'm lucky enough to be quick on the trigger and in focus and pointed in the right direction. It's not as easy as it looks. Then I was taking shots into the sun and caught the reflection of light off the water and the water on the duck just so. I was amazed. Finally thanks to my co-horts tossing bread very close to me, I was lucky enough to get a macro shot of a female mallard. Shows off her blue wing feather very nicely. Pretty awesome day.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Right Out My Front Window

I looked out my front window a couple of weeks ago to find a group of deer standing in the road. While it's not unusual where I live to see such a thing, it is unusual to see a buck with them. So I grabbed my camera and started shooting. I love where we live.

Back Roads and Beyond

A couple of weeks ago my husband and I decided it would be fun to take a drive down a lesser known road to try and find some ruins from mines. Well, we didn't have much luck with that. It seems that some suburbs have since popped up either obscuring such mines or perhaps the snow covers them. We did however find a place to hike. There's a park trail off a road called Newman Road. It winds through a forest and looks over a valley.

Just driving out on Trail Creek Road is an adventure. It heads towards the Absaroka Mountain Range which is just stunning. You can see for yourself by looking at the first photo. I think we'll definitely be back as I'd like to see if we can spot those ruins.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Skating in Bozeman

A couple of weeks ago we went on a Boy Scout Pack outing to Southside Park to go ice skating. Well, we didn't exactly bring skates. My son left his at school. And the parental units don't own any - yet! I forgot how much fun it was. Even just sliding around on my shoes. So next year, I'm going skating. (I actually got invited to use our rink at the school by one of the teachers I work for a couple of days later. I actually could still skate. It's been 32 years. I was shaky at first but once I got the hang of it, I was having a blast. I am so getting some skates next year!)

The chair below was in the middle of a snow bank. The kids were using it to play submarine or spaceship. Pretty cool.