Archive | November 2015

Take Me Back

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So, nothing like logging on to WordPress and finding that they changed the format once again.  I am undecided as to how I feel about this. We shall see.

The change has thrown me and I forgot where I was originally going to go with this post.  I have a very short attention span here of late.  Maybe it is age or maybe it is too many horses in the pasture.  Who knows?

Obviously, this is from the Wyoming trip.  Been pondering heading back that way.  Financially, it probably will not happen this year.  Eventually, though. Maybe a different part. Maybe I’ll just bypass it and head straight for Montana this time.  Actually, that is probably not true.  Badlands in South Dakota, is my next venture destination.  Maybe that will be my birthday present to myself.  Probably not, though. Too far of a drive and a job scheduled for that weekend.  Eventually, though.  Eventually.

Still not entirely sure what the zone thinks about traveling.  She was at peace in this picture.  It was nice for her to just stand still for a bit and not wonder all over the place.  Me just kicked back in my chair.  Yeah, take me back.

Or in the words of John Denver,  “Country roads, take me home to the place I belong.”  You should have expected that I would toss a song into the mix.  Might as well as thick with the theme.

Have a beautiful day and tomorrow.

Montana Rose Photography

Rocky Path…Pathy Rock

DSC_0046 (3)Either or.  I was actually just singing “Highway to ****” by ACDC, but this neither a highway or the hot place down under.  I am not sure why I have been so about the songs this week.  Anyway, I digress.  I say that a lot.  I kind of like that word.  Rambling again.

This was on the path to and from the Grand Tetons.  It was called Split Rock. That’s about all I remember.  By that point I had already driven almost 24 hours.  Did I mention, I drove straight through…for the most part. I mean, I had to pull off in rest stops to take a power nap, but by the time I got to Split Rock…I had been driving a long, long time.  Now, I forgot where I was going with that.

Now, I’ve completely lost my train of thought so I guess that means it is time to get busy with the rest of the day.  Have a beautiful day and tomorrow.

Montana Rose Photography

Crowny Rock

DSC_0131 (3)I feel like I should post something about France, but the truth is…I wouldn’t know what to say. At least nothing that would do this situation justice.  I’ve never been to France. I have none of my own pictures of France.  All I know is what I learned during French 101, which I honestly probably should not have passed.  With that said, my words would be nothing more than that of empty words from someone who doesn’t truly know the devastation.

My heart aches for them. My heart aches for the world that we are becoming.  A rapid decline into the fiery depths of somewhere we may never be able to return.  Families and innocent people, lost and broken, because of self-righteous cowards that somewhere felt they had earned this right to take away lives.  Of course my heart aches for them, but I only know the empathy of it.  My feelings and words can come nowhere close to what they are going through.

Senseless acts of violence make no sense to me.  They make me angry. They make me scared, but none of this is about me and if I continue to ramble (much like already)…that’s all it would be…about me, because I’m not there and outside of my long-standing dream to visit there…I have no ties to France that would give me the justification to act as if I know what they are feeling.  I can only display my empathy and my heart does truly ache for them.

With that said, I’ve chosen this picture.  It clearly is not from France, but it seemed like the best choice for today other than not posting at all.  This mountain kind of looked like a crown to me, but it also make me think of another version of the mountain people think of when they think of the “other side”.  Of course, that is dependent on your religious affiliation.

As I was typing out that last paragraph, the song that I only known sang Vince Gill, “Go Rest High on that Mountain,” began running through my head.  There will be no immediate peace. There will be no immediate healing.  This is not a situation that allowed for either of those.  It will never make sense and it never be something that is forgotten.  It is senseless and heartless, but my heart does go out to France and all those affected. May your loved ones go rest high on that mountain and may you find the strength that you need to try and continue on.  I can only send my heart and prayers/positive thoughts, but I am doing exactly that.

Montana Rose Photography

What I Want….

DSC_0487 (2)“What I want…what I want is a really good man…Mighty, mighty good man ” or  we could go with…”What I want, What I want, What I really-really want.”   Actually, no, let’s seriously not go with the last one. I’d rather go around singing the first one.  Well..that’s not true…I’m much more of a country music girl than I was when those first came out and I’d rather not sing either one of them, but I digress.  Mainly, because I also forgot where I was going with that.

As far as this picture, like so many before it, just wouldn’t do what I wanted it to do. Yet, that could be because I’m not quite sure what I wanted it to do.

I was just kind of messing around in Photoshop. Just messing with photos trying to give them something that they didn’t already have.  It just wasn’t working out, though.  I’m cool with it.  This one didn’t turn out all that bad.  The heavy cloud, low to the ground, and only shading the area it was covering.  It works.  I think…maybe?  Possibly?

It kind of made me think of life and what I want…mainly what I don’t want and how things never go as we want them too, but I will spare you the details.  They’re really not important.  You see, I’ll be celebrating my fifteenth 24th birthday in a couple of weeks.  Things are different this year.  I’m cool with it. I’m changing..for the better and people are seeing it.  I’m positive about the future. Excited to see what it has in store.  Bring it on.

I hope you enjoy the picture and that you have a beautiful day and tomorrow.

Montana Rose Photography

Little Bit of Sun

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I thought that there was a song with that in it, but I think the one I am thinking of is, “have a little bit of love in your heart” or something like that.  I’m also sure that it is probably a commercial.

There are many songs with the word sun and sunshine in them, but none of them really seem to fit the tone of this picture.  At least not to me.  It’s just sun beaming off a window in and old brick house.

The same brick house from yesterday and I’ve said about all there is to say about it.  That is unless you want a history lesson.

There isn’t really anything too special about this picture. The sun was setting and the zone was waiting.  Those along with a couple of other pressing matters…well, I was a bit rushed.  I wonder what I could have done with more time.   We may never know.

Still, I like this picture.  Simple with a little bit of sun. I didn’t have to put a lot into it.  Those are often the best.

Have a beautiful day and tomorrow.

Montana Rose Photography

Brick House

DSC_0187 (6)She’s a brick house.  Mighty-mighty…..and I’ll stop there.  Come on, now.  I can’t be the only one who started singing that song in their head.  Am I right?  No. Okay, so it is just me then.  It happens and I’ll take that.

This is the Stone House out in Manassas National Battlefield. I love me some Manassas, but what I do not love is driving through and to Manassas.  No offense to the Virginians, but seriously….courteous driving, folks. That is all I’m saying.  It made rush hour traffic in Columbus look like a hey day.  I’m sure if I had to frequent rush hour, I may feel differently, but so far it has never taken me two hours to make a thirty minute trip.  That is so not an exaggeration either, but I digress.
DSC_0175 (6)Now, the Stone House…well, it’s a house.  Clearly made out of a type of stone (brick or whatever).  I know…I know… “Hello, Captain Obvious.”

Now, yes,  I could give you the gist of its history, but if we wanted a history lesson…we’d probably still be sitting in school taking a history class.  I will say this, it’s a house and it was a pretty key feature in the war that took place on that battlefield.

Outside of the headaches of getting there, it is a pretty neat house.  I was losing daylight and really-really-really needed to go the restroom.  I know too much information, but I’m trying to paint a picture. Not sure what kind of picture, but  just the same.  In short, the house is so worth seeing.

By the way, let me offer this piece of advise.  If you are going to Manassas and it is after five, you should probably make sure you stop at a restroom first.  The only nearby one is at the visitor center and it is closes at five.  Lesson learned.

DSC_0172 (6)I could go on about how beautiful the land is and blah, blah, blah…but, I mean, really?  I’m in Virginia…so, that kind of goes without saying.   Still, it was quite beautiful….if you were facing away from the house. You know in the direction that was not towards the road and the miles and miles of cars.   Sorry…soapbox.

I’m also guessing that ghost hunters and mediums would have a field day on this property. Probably the whole battlefield.  The soldiers and civilians that grace that land. I’m just saying.  I mean, if I believed in that kind of thing.  By no means am I saying that I do, but people see things.
DSC_0169 (6)I could ramble on and on and on, but it would end up just being that at this point…rambling.  I can ramble with the best of them, but I’ll save it for another.  Until then, have a beautiful day and tomorrow.
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Honest Tuesday

SONY DSCI am reposting an old picture. You will have to forgive me. I  had contemplated not doing a blog. I missed yesterday, but I have so many amazing followers that I feel like I owe you an explanation.

My blog has just had this stale vibe about it.  My pictures…they’re all things I’m working on, but as I look at my “numbers”, I am beginning to think that maybe I’m just not a blogger.  The competition is stiff. There are so many amazing blogs out there.  So many photographers that are much more talented than I and constantly have new work to show you.  Just not sure that I have what it takes to compete.  I’ve never been much of a competitor.  Harsh reality of so many things.

My .com site expires in a few months and as of right now, I’m not sure its fate.  There are so many of you that I will continue to follow and for now I will continue to maintain my site and try to get some fresh pictures up and about.  Maybe I have just hit a bump.  Only time will tell.

Each of you rocks and I appreciate all of you that have followed me and continue to like and/or comment on my post.

Have a beautiful day and tomorrow.

Montana Rose Photography