Archive | August 2015

Up Here….

I can see better.  It is clearer and nobody is my way.  Have a beautiful day and tomorrow.

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Blue Skies

DSC_0124 (3)At first I really liked this picture because of the blue sky and the clouds, but now it takes on a whole different meaning.  As I look outside, it is cloudy. It has been a very strange summer.  Up until about mid July, it never got overly hot. It was a cooler and rainier summer this year. I also have a feeling that winter is going to come in with a vengeance and skip right over fall.

Shouldn’t be a surprise. That is weather for you.  Does what it wants, when it wants.  People always blame it on where they live.  “That’s Ohio for your.”  That’s everywhere for you.  It doesn’t really matter where you live. Weather is not consistent and rarely what we want it to be.  I’ll take it, though. It means I am here for another day and it doesn’t get much better than that.  Have a beautiful day and tomorrow.

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They’re ducks.  I guess my photo excursions just wouldn’t be photo excursions if at some point some type of bird did not take off flying in the middle of my shot.  They never fly when you want them to.  It is all good, though.  They add a little something to the picture. At least I think so.  Have a beautiful day and tomorrow.

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Sooty Grouse

No, I’m not name-calling.  That is kind of what it sounds like, isn’t it?  You, sooty grouse.   I guess that I am actually name-calling.  After all, that is what these little guys are called.   A Sooty Grouse, which apparently is one of the largest of the grouses in North America.  At least according to  So give it up for the Sooty Grouse.

Never heard of a grouse? Me either.  I had to look it up. Do you know how long it took for me to find a picture of them with a name? Okay…so, it wasn’t actually all that long.  Five or so minutes, but it just felt like I should have a more dramatic portrayal of the moment.  So, be sure to go back and re-read that with an exasperated dismay.

Apparently, a grouse is a Galliforme, which are a part of the Phasianidae family.  Did you like all those big words?  Thank you, Wikipedia.  Basically, the grouse is in the same family as chickens, rooster, quails, and what not.  Who knew?  Probably a lot of people.  I didn’t. I’ll admit it.

What I do know….they had no problem standing on the grade of the mountain peak.  That wet, narrow road at the closest tip of Mt. Sutton.  It was raining and that rainy mountain fog was setting in.  Here I am driving back down the mountain and there they are.  Just standing there…in the road. Not blocking me, but if you were coming from the other direction, you were going to have to stop.  They were pretty neat.  Maybe I am more of a bird person that I give myself credit for.  Or….and this is just a guess, maybe it is just that I’m finally seeing birds that I have never seen before.  That is always fun to do.  Anyway,  have a beautiful day and tomorrow.


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Though, I’m not a big bird person, I like birds. I like photographing them and what not, but to sit and bird watch….not really my thing, but I do love ravens.  I don’t know what it is.  I mean, they’re not necessarily the prettiest bird out there.  Not really all that colorful.  They’re kind of simple. That could be what it is.  Simple, on the larger side, and more powerful of the smaller bird species.  Maybe to some of it, I can relate.

“Open here I flung the shutter, when, with many a flirt and flutter,
In there stepped a stately raven of the saintly days of yore.” ~Edgar Allen Poe~

When I was looking through pictures, thinking about what to post next, I saw these guys.  They made me think of Edgar Allen Poe’s, “Nevermore”.  When I hear this poem, or read it, I never really picture the everyday ravens that I’ve seen up to this point.  I always pictured this larger, scarier, Halloween decor kind of bird.  These birds fit that bill.

They were just big.  Bulky. Flocked together.  Black feather in this misty fog that graced the park.  Walking with this confidence. Perching with this condescending aura. The kind of bird that you can picture taunting Poe in his poem.

It was such an entertaining scene to me.  It made me smile and made the story wheels in my head turn.  Most might equate the scene as something out of the movie, “The Birds”. Them, just lingering around.  Perching in trees, perching on logs. Watching with content. Silently communicating.  Waiting. Plotting.  Soaking in the sun when it showed. Coming out of nowhere but that early morning fog.  I could definitely think of a story or two for the scene they gave me, but for now…all I can think is “Nevermore”.   Have a beautiful day and tomorrow.

“Then this ebony bird beguiling my sad fancy into smiling,…” ~Edgar Allen Poe~


“But the raven, sitting lonely on the placid bust, spoke only,
That one word, as if his soul in that one word he did outpour.
Nothing further then he uttered – not a feather then he fluttered –
Till I scarcely more than muttered `Other friends have flown before –
On the morrow he will leave me, as my hopes have flown before.’
Then the bird said, `Nevermore.'” ~Edgar Allen Poe~

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Hiding in the Grass

Hiding in the grass
Beneath everyone’s feet
Deep in the weeds
Where nobody can see
Just me and my own
High or low
Doesn’t matter I know
I always have the wind
Lingering beneath my wings
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Sitting By the Water

Can you imagine just sitting out in your chair looking out over this view everyday?  Some can and some can’t.  I am one of the ones that can.  It is a lot easier now that I’ve actually done it, but it is peaceful and serene.  DSC_0477 (2)

This was one of the “scenic” outlooks gracing the main highway through Grand Teton.  It had picnic tables…well, it had a picnic table, but it was also a high traffic area.  On my last day there, I decided that I didn’t care and that I just wanted to enjoy this view.  The zone and I parked the car at an angle.  I sat outside the car in my chair.  Zone sat in the passenger seat and we just enjoyed the view.

Not thinking about the negativity. People’s opinions. My heart was at an ease that it has not been at since.  I’ve been wondering what that means or if it is just confirming what I’ve already known.

The  obvious is that my heart belongs else where.  I’ve made excuses as to why I can’t go.  I’ve had reality has to why I’ve not yet gone.  Still, the little things that make me want to go. The little things that make me want to force things to happen…they’ve been adding up.

Finding out it will be much longer than expected for me to finish my degree.  That I’ve not been trained on other job duties, because the truth is that they do not want to lose me on the ones that I already have.  I’ve never been directly told that before, but my supervisor let that bit slip the other day as we reached an impasse. The there are the other things that have taken a toll on this heart of mine.   When it rains it pours, but we’re not supposed to talk about things like that.

I’m not whining. They are all a part of life.  They’ve just made me a little off kilter and I didn’t really understand why until I was trying to decide what to post about.  That was when I was looking at these pictures and realized it is because I’ve come to an end of a path and now I’m just spinning.  We’ve all been there before, haven’t we?

Now, that I know there’s got to be something more (as I start singing Sugarland and Reba McIntyre in my head), it is time to start the next path.  I don’t know where it leads. Didn’t know how this last one was going to go.  What I do know is that my spontaneous decision led to pictures like this and I really, really can’t wait to see what lies ahead on the next one.

Have a beautiful day and tomorrow.
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By the Water

DSC_0489 (2)Not a lot to say today.  I know I’ve been limited on the word thing. I could make excuses, but I will not.  Right now I’m just trying to get right with my soul and back in sync.  Until then have a beautiful day and tomorrow.

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Little Bit of Purple

Always a sucker for an old wooden fence and a beautiful flower.  Wyoming just kept giving and giving and giving.  Have a beautiful day and tomorrow. SONY DSC  SONY DSCMontana Rose Photography