Thursday, October 30, 2008

These Eyes are Really Puppy Eyes


I called this "Puppy Eyes" because these eyes are the most distinctive feature. Now, this "pup" has grown to over 100 pounds! She is named "Lucy" and she is a St. Bernard! What a gentle sweetheart she is too. We rescued this baby and then passed her along to a wonderful family who always wanted a Bernie. They love her and she deserved a good home.
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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Historic Izaak Walton Inn

The Isaak Walton Inn is located along the southern edge of Glacier National Park, on U.S. Highway 2, very near a spot in the road called "Essex, Montana." Constructed in 1939, it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.Renowned as a cross-country ski paradise, the Isaak Walton also offers some very unusual "cabins" for rent. This is one of four cabooses on the site, (simply named Red, Green, Blue and Orange caboose),and they are located away from the lodge, across a high footbridge that spans above the railroad tracks.
The Izaak Walton Inn was named one of the top cross-country resorts in the Rocky Mountain region. (There is a live web-cam image on the Inn's homepage)
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Sunday, October 26, 2008

Dinosaur Mailbox and Purple Critter

I was quite intrigued by the originality and anatomical "correctness" of this odd creature, which also fulfills the practical purpose of holding the mailbox. Located in good old Missoula, Montana.
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I had to include this "purple critter" because he/she/it evidently is related to the dinosaur above, if only by being located in the same front yard. Whatever happened to pink flamingos? Oh yes, they are on the Montana Flamingo Farm (here).
A close examination of the rear end of this purple critter reveals just the smallest part of it's own pair of "brass."
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Friday, October 24, 2008

Montana Mountain Cabin in June Snow

Yes, this photo was taken in June. There is snow somewhere in Montana every month of the year. The residents here have to "snowshoe" or "cross-country ski" to get home in the winter. The owners crafted this themselves, totally by themselves, using timber from their own property, twenty years ago.
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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Lost Horse Creek, Bitterroot Mountains

There are many drainages coming down off the east slope of the Bitterroot Mountain, flowing into the valley and the Bitterroot River. Each of these drainages offers spectacular views, hiking, and often fishing too. Rainbow and Brook Trout mostly, but you might catch a Brown closer to the mouth of the Creek. There is a great Lodge and Restaurant "a-way the heck up there" that offers a terrific Sunday brunch--or used to. Lost Horse Creek Lodge--better call 'em first. (And ask for directions, too, if you aren't a local)
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Monday, October 20, 2008

Farmal Tractor in Montana Field

This is just a simple shot of a tractor, looking to be in pretty darn good condition too, sitting in a field in Montana. I do believe this is still a working tractor, not something just put out for tourists to gawk at.
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Saturday, October 18, 2008

Spahr Home in Great Falls Montana

I love this photo because it shows what we can preserve from our past. I also love the home because I know how well it has been taken care of, inside and out. At one time this belonged to a wonderful Journalism teacher at Great Falls High School, Mr. William Spahr, who also served a couple of terms in the Montana State Legislature. He was in the North African Campaign in 1942, as World War Two was just heating up for American Forces. He was evacuated with sandstorm damage in his lungs, to such an extent that he was only expected to live a short while. Last I heard, he is still going strong. He always credited a daily walking routine for his full recovery. He took great pride in this home.
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Thursday, October 16, 2008

Square Butte near Simms Montana

One can see this from twenty miles away. It becomes increasingly more imposing (and impressive) as you get closer and closer. You can drive right up to it too, but much of the beauty lies in its visual effect on the horizon, don't you think?
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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Blackfoot (A River Runs Through It)

This is undoubtedly one of our favorite spots along the Blackfoot River. I also think this is one of our best photos. Taken in early autumn, there is just a dusting of snow on the distant Mission Mountain Range.
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Monday, October 13, 2008

Big Arm Bay in Morning

I entitled this "Clear Morning at Big Arm, Flathead Lake, Montana." Obviously, this title is much too long so we must be satisfied with something a little shorter. I simply LOVE the shimmer of light on water, and look for these opportunities whenever we are out camping. We almost ALWAYS camp next to water of some kind. I am partial to creeks, but Flathead Lake is a spectacular place, and way too much to capture with ANY number of photos. I think Flathead is the largest freshwater lake in the U.S.A., other than the Great Lakes. It is about 30 miles long, north to south, and 16 miles wide, covering 191.5 square miles. The .5 square miles is how much bigger it is than Lake Tahoe. I am going to include a NASA satellite photo here with the arrow pointing at Big Arm, which is a State Campground and named after Big Arm Bay, which you can see in the satellite image.
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Sunday, October 12, 2008

Charles M. Russell Log Cabin Studio

This is the log cabin art studio of the western artist Charles M. Russell. The next door house was his home. There is also a wonderful museum displaying his work, all located in Great Falls, Montana.
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Friday, October 10, 2008

Fire Lookout on High Ground

The Fire Lookout is part of Montana's past as well as present. Some of these remain in operation; others have been converted into "rentals" for adventurous hikers. This is the "Sliderock" lookout and it is now an exhibit at the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula. This lookout is complete with all the equipment used by the "lookouts." Performing duties at a Fire Lookout was (and remains) a lonely experience, but a VERY important job.
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Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Tepee Burner or Tipi Burner


These big ol' things aren't used anymore because they polluted the air. At one time I guess these were pretty common in the areas where logging took place. I think they might have been used to burn up the small branches and maybe the bark that was stripped off the logs before they were shipped somewhere to a sawmill. Whatever...they are pretty impressive and big! I think this one, which is at the outdoor museum in Fort Missoula, Montana, is about forty feet in diameter.
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Monday, October 6, 2008

Big Bugger


I have no idea what this "bug" is called, but we have way too many of them around our house and garage right now. It seems to have something to do with the time of year, September-October. If any "bug scientists" know what this is officially called, I would love to hear from you. For now, we just call it the "Dinosaur Bug."

Note: OH, thanks to a wonderful commenter named "Lee" this bug has been identified an "Assassin Bug" If you look at Lee's Comment you will see the html link to a "bug site" ha ha Thanks, Lee.

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Friday, October 3, 2008

Retired Riding Rake


I just love this old farm "rake." If you are over fifty or so, and from a rural background, you may recall one of these in action. This one has obviously been "retired" from active service. It is located at the produce farm in Missoula, Montana. The two previous photos were also taken at the same site.
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Thursday, October 2, 2008

Horse Before the Cart


This unusual garden and floral arrangement is also located at the produce garden that I mentioned in the previous photo. I just think this is such a peaceful setting.
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Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Montana Flower Garden


This beautiful flower garden is in Missoula, Montana, at a local produce farm, where corn-on-the-cob is picked each morning and sold to locals who just "show up" each day. The farm has been here for many years, right in the heart of town.
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