Nature, Photography, Uncategorized

Big Sky

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This past week saw Montana’s big skies arrayed in glorious colors and changing moods.

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Nature, Photography

Photo Fun:Wikiup

 

Wikiup

Here’s a scene right out of a fairy tale, complete with the rustic dwelling of a forest gnome.  Actually, it’s a wikiup someone built around a tree in the Sapphire Mountains.  I had never seen one before so I went over for a closer look.

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At first I thought the opening too small to get through, but I got in with no trouble.  And the interior afforded enough space for two people to lie down in.  Not my idea of a Motel 6, but I’ll bet it beats sleeping outside in the rain!  Overall, very neat!

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Nature, Photography

Sweet Company

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When you live in Montana, wildlife–especially deer–just comes with the territory.  These characters were part of a herd of eight that made the rounds in our neighborhood yesterday, staying anywhere from twenty minutes to an hour in each yard before moving on to the next.  Five of them checked out my soon-to-be rock garden while the other three lazed under the aspens along my fence.  They seemed almost tame, simply watching as I went about my business.  After about forty minutes they meandered to my south fence, which they effortlessly jumped, and moseyed into a neighboring field.

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Nature, Photography

Another Gorgeous Montana Sunset

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Ironically, the bottoms and insides of these rain clouds resemble burning embers, ignited by the defiant sun as it descended behind the Bitterroot Mountains.

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Life, Photography

Up. . .No, Down

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This absolutely made my day!  I love these balloons, even thought of going for a ride in one.  However, I lose all sense of balance just looking down a flight of stairs.  Those baskets up there look awfully small and I’d need a chest-high railing to ensure vertigo didn’t pitch me headlong over the side.  Given all that, I’m content remaining earthbound while watching and marveling at these visions of beauty floating silently overhead.

It was a usual Saturday morning.  I had just finished breakfast and was at the sink washing dishes when I noticed someone wandering through the adjoining field.  Two  more appeared along the road.  They seemed to be looking for something.  I stepped outside to see if I could help but immediately dashed back for my camera.

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Turns out those folks were the ground crew.  I could hear them shouting back and forth and then they lowered the landing ropes.

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By now at least a half dozen cars had stopped along the highway.  The balloon touched down, but as this field wasn’t the intended target, the crew floated it across the fence to an unoccupied lot.

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Unbelievable how huge these are!  And they are incredibly beautiful during the Night Glow segment of a balloon stampede.

Unfortunately, the excitement was short-lived.  Immediately after landing, the crew deflated the balloon, loaded it into a trailer and left.

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Even coming down it was pretty.  The balloon seemed to sigh while listing to one side and slowly collapsing.  I don’t know how they put all that material into a relatively small trailer.  That must have been a mechanized process.  At any rate, it didn’t take them long.

Maybe someday I’ll get up the nerve. . .

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