Archive | August 2015

Wishes Galore

The child in me still believes in making wishes on dandelions.  The adult me likes to believe that they will still come true.  I don’t know if they do or not and it has been a while since I’ve made one, but it is still fun to have silly little things to believe in.

Now, these were some of the biggest dandelions that I have ever seen.  I know that they are not rare and that more than I have probably seen them this size before, but where I come from….they just do not grow this big.  I know that they are a weed, but I still think they are pretty.  More so after they become this big puff-ball of wishes (or seeds or whatever), but pretty none the less.

Have a beautiful day and tomorrow.

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Wednesday

I wasn’t going to post today, but I am trying to be consistent. Or at least as consistent as I can be.  This is just a simple picture with what might be a weekly thank you.  Thank you to all my followers, new and old.  I appreciate your following and I hope you have a beautiful day and tomorrow.

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Baby Elk

What more needs to be said?  I could only get the same two, even though there was a whole mess of them.  Unfortunately, for me I was down to my Sony, it was getting dark, and they were moving quicker than their mamas.  Still, little cuties. I loved watching them hop around.  Have a beautiful day and tomorrow. SONY DSC  SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSCMontana Rose Photography

Road Less Traveled

SONY DSC “Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,…”  The beginning of my all time favorite Robert Frost poem.

I’m sure my reasons for loving this poem are the same as many.  That cliché, “It resonates with me” thing.  It does.  Since the first time I heard it.   What can I say….I’m a sucker for those “hit me in reality” things.

Someone actually printed it off for me a long time ago.  That was actually before she even knew me well enough to know to do something like that.  Well, she mentioned to her (Now ex) husband and he sent it to me via email.  It was a nice gesture even if I don’t remember exactly what provoked this transaction.  I’m also not sure what what that says about me.  That I’m that transparent or that I just seem to be the kind of person that would always search for the road less traveled.  I would like to think that it is the latter.

DSC_0375 (3) It is not that I’m unsatisfied. Okay, well not anymore than anyone else.  There are clearly things that I would like to change, but few of us can say differently.  I’m just an adventurer and I’m constantly looking for that path to follow.  Preferably one that not too many others have taken.  Just in case you haven’t picked up on that yet.

There are those other times when the path I’m on gets a little stale.  That is when this poem starts running through my head.  It is like something, or someone, knows when I need to hear it most.  I bet we all have something like that.  Don’t we?  It could be just me.

Nobody really knows what tomorrow will bring.   I have been put in a lot of situations lately that have made me rethink things.  Take some things into consideration.  We all have those moments.  We also have those moments when it rains, it pours.  That has kind of been me as of lately.  I’m good with that, though.  I’m Wonder Woman and I’ve got this so bring on the rain.

The decisions that I’ve had to make as a result of these situations….well, they’re not always the most desirable.  Still, they are decisions that I’ve had to make to maintain my path. The one that I know is meant for me.  Or so I hope.

There is a final destination for me. One that is equivalent to what I have planned, or is at least an acceptable compromise.  This is something that I know.  Something else that I know, the only way I’m really going to get there…it is by taking that road less traveled.  Here’s to be daring.  Here’s to be spontaneous.  Here’s to living it up while we still have a chance.  I hope each of you do the same in your own way.   Have a beautiful day and tomorrow.

"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— I took the one less traveled by,	 And that has made all the difference." ~Robert Frost~

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.” ~Robert Frost~

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Chasing the Sky

Well…actually, I’m stuck doing chores.  Yes, despite my age, I still use the term “chores”.  After all, that is what they are.  Laundry, dishes, dusting…chores.  Anyway, hopefully, some of you all are out enjoying the day (or night) whatever the case may be.  Have a beautiful day and tomorrow.

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Baby Tiger Cubs

DSC_0105cI had this long ole post thought out for this topic, but like everything else….I over thought it, which might not actually a bad thing.  It was opinionated and a bit soapboxy.

Truth is, it really just doesn’t matter.  My soapbox.   The more I think about it, the more I realize that there are very few acceptable solutions for this type of situation.  What good is it going to do for me to rant? To nitpick? To pull it apart?  It won’t.  It will not change what is, because like many causes…there are pros and cons.

Last Saturday, I went to a fundraiser at this wildlife refuge center thing.  The money is all supposed to go towards the taking care of the animals. I’ll reserve my opinions and assumptions.  All, I do know for sure is that it was $27.50 a ticket, a way longer drive than Google maps led me to believe that it was, and filled with rude-selfish people.  People….I cannot really blame them.  It wasn’t really their fault.

We were in a not-near-big-enough room and there were only four cubs.  We were all there for one reason and one reason only…to see baby tiger cubs. So what are you going to do?  Make sure that happens.  Some of us hung back and let the cubbies come to us while the others swarmed and encircled them.  They were aggressive and go-getters, but it made sense.  Playing with baby tigers could be equivalent to being in a money tube.  You’ve got to be aggressive and selfish.  Maybe that says more about me than it does about them…that I just can’t seem to do that. I’m a persistent go-getter, but getting aggressive and closing people out to get what I want isn’t really in my nature.  DSC_0084

As far as this wildlife refuge center….I get it. These wildlife refuge, preserve type places.  These babies have to have somewhere to go.

Okay..yes, ideally, these guys would be released back into the wild, but sadly the truth is….the animals in these centers cannot be released back into the wild.  That is also no fault of the center.

They’re a rescue, which means that the animal…that baby, was already in a situation that they should not have been in, because someone else was selfish.  So, what do you do?  We could say that a zoo is better.  We could, but zoos are also not without criticisms.  There is a no win-win situations.  Rescues have to be licensed and their establishments have to be approved.  So despite our opinions, they have obviously met state regulations and in some cases they really are better than the alternative.  Not always, I won’t say that, but sometimes.

My opinions aside about things that should have been changed, and I do have a soapbox filled, I know that this was an opportunity that most will never have and I’m a little selfish.  I mean after all, I got to pet a baby tiger.  Who wouldn’t love to do that at least once?  Have a beautiful day and tomorrow.
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This is the owner of the wildlife center. Most would consider him a jerk, but I'm a sucker for straight-forward, tell-it-like-it-is, no-hold bar honesty. It is also clear that he loves these little guys, even if I don't necessarily agree with some of his choices.

This is the owner of the wildlife center. Most would consider him a jerk, but I’m a sucker for straight-forward, tell-it-like-it-is, no-holds bar honesty. It is also clear that he loves these little guys, even if I don’t necessarily agree with some of his choices.

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The Zone

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I’m pretty sure that if she had known what she was signing up for, she would have asked for them to keep on searching for a better home.  She’s a rock star, though.  She tolerates the camera in her face and the busy-ness of work when she wants to play.  We are still figuring each other out.  There habits we’re working on.  There are some flaws about each other we’re both working on.  For example, I love being outside, hiking, and camping and she’s a bigger princess than I am and hates every minute of it.  Still, it is two months and two weeks shy of a year and we’re making it work.  Have a beautiful day and tomorrow.

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Taking a Break

Maybe I have writer’s block. Maybe I am feeling a little stale in the photography department. Maybe there is too much going on in a brain that never shuts off.  I’m really not sure, but today I’m keeping it short and simple. I am, however, going to take a moment to thank all of my followers. You all are amazing.  I hope that you have a beautiful day and tomorrow.

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Is it the weekend yet?

Big plans for Friday and I cannot wait until it gets here.  There is a little bit of spontaneous carelessness in my future.  Okay….not really.  It is totally premeditated and not so spontaneous or careless.  Still, it makes me feel better pretending that I’m being spontaneous….that I’m being a rebel.  I guess I can still consider myself a rebel and living on the edge…I mean, there will be plenty of food carts where I’m going and eating at those can always be considered a little risky.  Anyway, I hope you have a beautiful day and tomorrow.
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Ollie the Otter

Probably not the most original name, but that could just be me.  It just seems like “Ollie” is the go to name for otters.  Not that I know a lot of otters, but it seems like every time that I’ve heard of an otter named, it has been Ollie.  Anyway,  I did not name him and I’m not saying it is a bad name. It’s probably is the best name for an otter. Anyway.

DSC_0017Ollie was at this wildlife center that I went to on Saturday for a fundraiser.  He was a little cutie. I was never able to get overly close to him.  I was also unable to get a good shot of him that did not have people in it.  I could go on my soapbox about how there were too many people for the space, but I won’t.  I’ll just put it out there, though. Should probably think about narrowing the number down a smidgen.

Anyway, my opinion of wildlife centers aside, there were some cuties and I’ve saved the best post for last so stay tuned.  Have a beautiful day and tomorrow.

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