Archive | February 2016

Work In Progress…

DSC_0103Actually the person playing these is hardly a work in progress nor is his mad guitar playing skills.  It just kind of seemed like a good title as it is kind of the story of my life.  Everything is always a work in progress.

I guess ultimately that is how life always goes, though.  At least for some of us.  Everything that we want, aim for…it is always a work in progress.  Sometimes we get there and sometimes we don’t.  Some of us take that as a sign to try a different path and some of us take it as a sign to try even harder.  Me…I teeter the line. Sometimes I try harder and sometimes I change paths.  Me…I’m always a work in progress.  However, I’m realize that isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

How about you?  Do you feel you are always a work in progress?  Whatever your answer, I hope you have a beautiful day and tomorrow. DSC_0106
Montana Rose Photography

Here’s Another

DSC_0062.jpgI could post more than one and I’ve been going back and forth about doing that.  I’m just finding myself a little selfish about it all. I don’t know why, but I’m sure I’m not alone.  Or maybe I am.  Anyway,  there will be more coming, I’m sure.  Until then, I bid adieu.

Have a beautiful day and tomorrow.

Montana Rose Photography

Taylor Shannon….

DSC_0019This is Mr. Taylor Shannon, a musician from Ohio.  I saw him Friday night when I made a spontaneous decision to go to a concert.  This may not seem like a spontaneous decision type of thing, but it happened much like my decision to camp out in the Grand Tetons…I just didn’t have to drive as far.

I was sitting at home on Friday, procrastinating, and I was messing around on Facebook. One of the first things that I saw was that Mr. Keith Anderson would be in concert that night in Cincinnati.  Depending on where in Cincinnati depends on how far the venue. In this case it was about 1 hr 51 mins (or at least that is what my GPS said).  It is a big city and there are a lot of one way roads and “you can’t park here” or “can’t drive this way” so it took me more like 2 hours and 10 minutes. Anyway, I didn’t hesitate to go. Don’t know why. It just seemed like the right thing to do at the time.

So, I get there to this Ludlow Garage.  They apparently do live music there a lot.  It’s  a quaint little thing. Two stories. bar and dining area upstairs and the live music stage with seating downstairs.  Apparently, a lot of history and I think may have just reopened. I’d be lying if I said I was paying too much attention.  Nothing that I probably should be, well, it was a serious after thought.  Anyway, this gentleman Taylor Shannon, opened for Keith Anderson. However, I think it is more like a “went on before”.  This wasn’t really a concert type of thing.  More like a showcase show type thing. I’m not sure.  I just know that it was a little different than a regular concert and I don’t really know how to explain it.  Anyway, he went on first and he was pretty good.  I have no complaints.

He did some of his own songs and some covers.  I am not going to write a critique, but I will say that he did right by the covers and I’m kind of a music snob when it comes to covers, so….there’s that. If you have a minute, you should check him out on youtube.   I recommend his songs, ‘Easy’ and ‘September’.

I’ve gotten distracted and lost my train of thought.  There have been some very little things that came about over the last couple of days that make this photographer very happy and I’m a little giddy right now thinking about the possible implications.  Of course, I’m trying not to make too much out of it, but it is fun to think that this is a positive sign.

For now, I bid you adieu.  Have a beautiful day and tomorrow.

Montana Rose Photography

Three Chord Country…

DSC_0151.jpgCan you guess the artist?  I’ll give you two hints. The first one is the title. The second is that I’ve posted about him before.  I’d offer you a special prize, but I don’t know how that would work.  Anyway.

This picture is the result of spontaneous decisions.  Spontaneous decision to go to a concert and then not to have my camera up to my face the entire time (or really at all).  I sat it on my knee and hoped for the best.  This is one of several that I don’t hate. I hope you don’t either.

Have a beautiful day and tomorrow.

Down to the Water

SONY DSCI was actually going to say, “Down to the wire,” but I figured that didn’t make a lot of sense. I am down to the wire though and obviously in this picture I was down to the water. In a sense, I was down to the wire in this picture as well.

I took this picture my last night in Wyoming.  It was around six or seven at night, which meant that it was nine or ten back home and I had exactly one day to get back to Ohio.  Yeah…I didn’t make it home in time.  Had I had the PTO to spare, I would have just said forget it.  This always seems to happen to me.  I’m always seeming to be pushing the wire when I’m hours away from where I need to be.  That is where I am at with this move.

My planned move is here in about two weeks.  I have to be out by the end of March, but it will be easier to clean and paint if my stuff is not exactly in it. Not to mention, just easier to move around my apartment.  I am no where near ready to move and in attempts to get a jump on it, I started packing things and somehow ended up with a chaotic environment.  Probably because this apartment is actually big enough for piles of boxes, the zone, and myself.  Still, I’m getting down to the wire and need to get a move on.

What is really funny about this…seven years ago at this exact same time, I was in the exact same position as I was preparing to move here in the first place.  I know this, because Facebook decided to remind me of that with a post I posted on that day 7 years ago.  How strange; especially, since I’m going back to the same place in which I left.  Not ideal and part of me has been hoping that job changes their mind and calls me before I leave, but now it is getting too close to matter.  Everything happens for a reason and I’m just rolling with it (for now).

I’ve got some big plans for this year that I’m really excited about. If they work out that will be great and should involve some great pictures.  There are some beautiful old theaters in Chicago and I’ll only be about two hours from there.  I hate driving the I-90 (or is it the I-80…I don’t remember which just that it sucks horribly and has a ridiculous amount of toll roads), but it should be worth it for a day there and taking in a musical.  I don’t really know why I have the sudden desire to see a musical.  I never have in the past.

I also have some friends that live in Florida.  I think that I’m finally going to make the trip there.  It’s only been about 4-5 years since they moved there.  The Salvador Dalí museum is near there and I love Salvador’s work.

If I do all that, I don’t know if I will make it to go camping with the buffalo in South Dakota, but I might squeeze that one in.  I’ll be staying with my parents for a while and believe me…I’m  going to need to get away. 🙂

Anyway, I’ve got much to do today so it is time that I bid adieu.
Have a beautiful day and tomorrow.
Montana Rose Photography


DSC_0271 (3)I feel poetic and yet I cannot think of a poem.  I’m sure it will come back to me.  I could call it writer’s block, but honestly…I think that my muse has just taken a vacation.  She’ll return, she always does.  Besides it’s not like I have nothing to say.  I always have something to say.

There is a soapbox about that one, but I will digress.  You know how I feel about soapboxes; however, the funny part is…someone tried to make me feel bad about not jumping on soapboxes and ranting.  They said they didn’t feel like I was being open and true to who I was and said my way of writing was a stonewall tactic.  That person is no longer a part of my life.

I’m not the kind of person that feels the need to go around in circles with people.  If it is clear that we are just going to continue to reiterate our stances and not actually meet  a mutual ground, I get bored. It is not that I’m stonewalling, I just have no reason nor interest in continuing the conversation.  I don’t feel the need to argue with people and I don’t feel the need to listen to people bash others. I also do not feel the need to listen to someone who is just continuing the conversation to be confrontational.  That is some bad juju and I do not have time for it.  That is being true to who I am.

Unfortunately, I wasn’t really given the opportunity to defend myself, but that is okay.  At first I was angry, but then I remembered something…I’m the kind of girl that decides last minute that she’s driving thirty hours to camp out in the Grand Tetons for two days.  I’m the kind of girl that goes to see bull riders by herself and listens to strangers talk about their lives out in the middle of nowhere.  I’m the kind of girl that drives 9 hours with only a dog in tow and a baseball behind the seat to explore battlefields, waterfalls, and an island filled with horses (some of which she never-ever sees).  The kind of girl that loves Krav Maga and dancing. That chooses her campsites based off of whether or not there will be bears or buffalo roaming behind her tint (the kind of girl that really cannot bring herself to call them bison.  They’ve been buffalo since I was kid growing up in that Oklahoma town).   I’m the kind of girl that loves art, but lives for bonfires.  The kind of girl that will go to the ballet as long as she can wear her boots with her dress.  I’m the kind of girl that does speak her mind, but will not allow anyone to disrespect her for doing so.  I’m the kind of girl that runs barefoot in the rain and still likes to make snow angels.  The kind of girl that can smile at those she disagrees with and walk away from the conversation without feeling the need to justify her stance.  I’m a wild and free-spirited ball of fire. I am who I am and I’ll always be just fine.

That was a little soapboxy…I apologize.  I’ve also now forgotten where else I was going with that.  I could ramble some more, but…I should say something about the picture.  It’s pretty. It’s from Wyoming. It was at sunset. That’s about it. 🙂  Seriously, though, I really kind of love it and I hope you do too.

Have a beautiful day and tomorrow.

Montana Rose Photography