Thursday, January 29, 2009

Another Odd Montana Dinosaur

Some guy just welded all this old scrap metal, along with some horse shoes, and made himself a yard decoration. Cute huh? Bet the wife loves it.
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Monday, January 26, 2009

Fireplace with Mantle, Late 19th Century USA

This series of photos shows a late 19th century fireplace with mantle (located in a restored mansion). The construction details observable in the mantle just fascinate me.
These detail shots are taken from the right side of the fireplace, which wrapped around the corner. You can see a vase that is not visible from the "front on" view.

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Friday, January 23, 2009

Montana Dinosaurs


I've heard that dinosaur breath is not as bad as a dragon's. These specimen reside at the Museum near Montana's "Egg Mountain" paleontology dig site.
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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

University of Montana Campus
View from Mount Sentinel

One of my favorite hikes is up the zig-zag trail to the concrete "M" on Mount Sentinel above the campus of the University of Montana in Missoula. This particular photo shows the historic Main Hall and the center of the campus green. In the background is Blue Mountain, snow-capped at this particular time of year. Missoula's nickname is "the Garden City" for the extensive urban forest that is proudly maintained by citizens and the City Parks Department.
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Sunday, January 11, 2009

Railroad Engine with logs

Railroad engine with a load of very large logs. This is part of the outdoor display at the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula, Missoula, Montana.
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Thursday, January 8, 2009

High Wheels slip-tongue log carrier

Logging is an integral part of Montana's history and heritage. These "Big Wheels" are on display at the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula, Missoula, Montana.
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Monday, January 5, 2009

Stained Glass Mosiac in City Park

This is one of the wonderful things about living in a smaller city in a rural state like Montana; a piece of public artwork will remain undamaged and free of graffiti. This particular piece is in Gibson Park, Great Falls, Montana. (Gibson Park is named after the City's founder, Paris Gibson).

I liked the contrast between the blue of the sky and the mosiac colors with the mostly autumn dullness of the trees and grass.

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