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Friday, April 30, 2010

Skywatch Friday - Montana Spring Sky

Today was kind of tough for coming up with a post for Skywatch Friday. (Go check them out. Especially since this post is bound to leave you wanting warmer skies.) The past couple of days Spring, or what passes for it here, has decided to return. Of course, before it did, we were left with a taste of the summer to come. I miss it already.

I now understand why the word bleak was invented. There's no other word for it. Nothing but snow for a couple of days now. Since, I didn't think a photo of a solid gray sky would be all that interesting, and the snow wasn't swirling enough to get a good artistic shot, I decided to use the spring sky as a backdrop. Fortunately for me I found this icicle in our lilac tree, so I had my subject. I don't think it will be as happy to see the sun as I will be.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Sculpted by Nature

About two weeks ago, I went for a walk along the trails behind our house. I didn't even make it out of our back yard before I reached for my camera. These are a couple of different ice formations on our trampoline. Plus one really cool frost formation.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Surviving Screen Free Week

Well, last week was screen free week. I promised my son and husband that I would follow it, so I only did two things with my computer: tracked our budget and checked my email. While it was a long week, I took advantage of this opportunity (and the beautiful spring weather) to get out and photograph the emergence of spring. Below are some images I captured while at Bozeman Pond.









Sunday, April 18, 2010

Sundays in My City - A Most Gorgeous Day

Unknown Mami hosts a theme called Sundays in My City. Please drop by and check it out. It's a neat way to see all kinds of different cities throughout the world form the viewpoint of those who live there. My contribution comes from Bozeman, Montana. Enjoy!

Red-Winged Black Bird



Injured Ants

I stepped on these ants while photographing the bird. Can't tell if it's mound mates are trying to help, curious as to what happened or trying to decide if they should just drag them back to the nest for food. I didn't have the heart to finish the job as I would've killed the two that were uninjured. Nature will just have to work it out.



Spring Seeds

Friday, April 16, 2010

What Stuck Looks Like

Well today I got into quite the pickle. I decided, why, who knows, that it was a good idea to go up Leverich Canyon. Did I think hum, if I get stuck up ahead and can't turn around can I straddle ice backing up? No, I thought, hey, I can get up over this by driving on the side over the still frozen ice. Very good. I could. I couldn't do again, though. My car wouldn't get up on the side of the second set of ice I encountered. Not like it was that high off the ground on the side, it just wouldn't slide up onto it. So I began to back down. And sure enough missed hitting the sides on this one and got stuck.

I'd like to say thank you to the couple in the green pick up truck who pulled me out. I don't know what I'd do without people who save me from myself. My husband was on his way, but I got out of the pickle before he could bike out. Next time, I'll know better. (I hope.)

Skywatch Friday - A Treeline View

Well, I'm back with another installment for Skywatch Friday. Check them out for all kinds of cool photos of the sky from around the world.

Today, I attempted to get up Leverich Canyon, but I got stuck, so I took my shots from the middle of the road. Here's one of them. A nice view of the treeline.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Color Jewels

We had a day off of school last Friday, and I decided it would be a good day to finish my obsession with the corn syrup / food coloring dye mixture.

I put some corn syrup drops on paper and then used the tip of the coloring caps to introduce a dot of coloring into the syrup. Below are the results.

What I find interesting about the experiment is how the liquids don't tend to mix, but more like the food coloring floats inside the syrup. (Of course that's a little scary when you think about how much stuff we eat that contains corn syrup.)

The Birds of Spring

I've decided I need to find a way to be a morning person. Why? I didn't even know we had anything but crows in our neighborhood. This myth was quickly shattered when I actually got out of bed before seven in the morning and went for a hike. I was very pleasantly surprised by the variety of birds I found near our home.

Photographs in order: Red-Winged Black Bird, Mourning Dove, possibly a juvenile Red-Headed Finch (not too sure on that one) and a Robin.


Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Ice Floes

One of the joys for my boys (rhyme intended) while out on our hikes is to break off chunks of ice and send them down the river. Normally I'd be all over them for safety issues instead of being dumb enough to join them on such unstable ground, but I can't resist photographing ice chunks. In fact, I was greeted with quite a pleasant surprise within one of them. Follow the photos to find out what's at the center of this particular icy treat.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Mess of the Month - April

Well, once again I've been foiled. April's mess is not much of one. My husband, bless his heart, cleaned up his section of the table this past weekend, and we've all been pitching in to keep it all cleaned off. Looks pretty darned good.

On the flip side, this is why I started doing this monthly post. I realized that while the table was a mess, it wasn't always the same mess and it even got cleaned up every once in awhile. So I thought it would be interesting to take photos over time to see how my perception of a "messy table" fit the reality of a "messy table". I'm happy to report I'm delusional. Yup, over time I'd have to say the table's a lot cleaner a lot more often than I thought.

Next month, it'll be a year, so I might do a collage to prove that point. Until then, you can compare this month's mess to last month's by clicking on the following link.

March's Mess

Monday, April 12, 2010

Sourdough Creek

I think one of the things that attracts me to macro photography is the detail in the patterns of things. From spider webs to butterflies' wings, I enjoy seeing how it all fits together and finding the art in that. This is why water is one of my favorite things to photograph. There are so many different patterns that are possible depending upon how quickly the water is flowing, how deep it is and if anything is blocking it. The shots of Sourdough Creek below illustrate these different patterns beautifully.




Sunday, April 11, 2010

Sundays in My City - Bozeman Drive Bys

Unknown Mami hosts a theme called Sundays in My City which I think is a totally cool idea, so please stop by. Below is my contribution from Bozeman. It's a couple of drive by shots as my day was packed with errands. Enjoy!

Soroptomist Park E. Main and Rouse
This mural is fading, but it still adds a bit of color to downtown Bozeman.






Buffalo Scultpure on Main
Don't know when this fellow showed up. I think probably sometime this week since I've never noticed it before. Quite striking.


Saturday, April 10, 2010

Egg Shells

I think I'm about done with this obsession. I happened to crack open one of the Easter eggs the other day and thought, I wonder what it would look like if I backlit it. Thus the first two photographs. The last one is where the color soaked through the cracks which is cool.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

On Our Way Out - the Last Denver Post

These are a couple of left over shots from our trip to Denver. The first one is a bus shelter with leaves for a roof. Now, that's innovative public art.

The second photo is a shot of the moon my husband took while we were heading out to the airport. It was whirlwind trip but worth it in so many ways.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Evergreen Lake

More photos from our trip to Denver. My in-laws live in Evergreen. Whenever I visit, I like to walk around Evergreen Lake and take photos of the dam. This last trip was quite productive. I especially like the first shot where the icicle has disconnected from the top rock, but still remains anchored to the bottom one.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Our Colorful Easter

I'm a bit behind in my blogging as of late. These are this years' Easter eggs. We tried something a bit different this time. Inspired by the medium my son had used in art on Friday, I decided to see how it would work with eggs.

So we mixed up some karo syrup and food coloring and painted the eggs. I liked the finished product. It looks varnished. Problem is it didn't really dry, dry. It ends up being a bit tacky. That might be solved by playing with the ratio of syrup and coloring. It did clean up nicely. The other thing I enjoyed about it was the way the coloring interacts with the syrup to form interesting patterns. (See my post, Drops of Color.) Then my husband added powdered sugar to the mix which made it sparkly. That was pretty cool. You can see that effect in the blue drop on the bottom egg.

Well, enjoy and Happy Belated Easter!

Sunday, April 4, 2010

A Bozeman Spring - Sundays in My City #2

Unknown Mami hosts a theme called Sundays in My City. Please stop by and check it out. In the meantime, take a moment to enjoy a Bozeman Spring!


This photo pretty much sums up the area where we live in Bozeman.  There are plenty of haystacks and plenty of magpies.  Pretty much all year round.



It's not spring around here without some washed out paths and a lot of mud.



A personal favorite of mine is the ice that stays behind fanned out amoung the tree branches.






Stoneflies are awesome. Their shape, their size, the veins in their wings. They are also some of the most prolific insects around here. They are some of the first to arrive in the spring and some of the last to leave in the fall.


Drops of Color

These are drops of karo syrup and food coloring that fell onto the paper while we were dying eggs. One of them is actually on one of my husbands' eggs. I liked the swirls in it. I'm considering setting up a whole shooting session around these drops of color next Friday when we have a day off of school. Hopefully, I'll get some post-worthy photos out of it.