Archive | February 2016

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.

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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

Stonewalling….

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

Silhouette by the Sunlight

DSC_0267 (3)Not the most original title, but it gets hard to come up with titles (and it’s not one of my strong suits anyway).

I was going to type some poetic little ditty, but my mind is drawing a blank.  These pictures kind of raise a  long needed level of mindless peace.  You know the kind of peace that only comes when your brain shuts off and you do not actually think about a thing.  Knowing me, that is exactly how I was feeling at the time.  Then after the fact, I probably had a renewed sense of assurance…much like now.

I’ve been told multiple times over the last few weeks that maybe it is time that “reinvented” myself.  Not as insults, but as genuine and caring advise.  They’re not wrong.  When the path we are on just isn’t working, and causing more heartache and frustration versus anything else, it is time to start a new one.  That is where I am.

Fear not.  This will not affect my photography or my blog.  At least not in a negative, or eliminating it, kind of way.  I’m actually hoping that it improves it and renews what I once felt for it on a more consistent level.

I’m going to travel a bit more (even if just exploring the not explored before areas within a reasonable vicinity).  I’m going to enjoy those moments a bit more and write a bit more.  All things that I am hoping will also improve what I have to say in my post.

I’m going to shift focus and reinvent in all areas.  Though, I’m not really sure that “reinvent” is really the right word, it seems as good as any right now as it different than just changing.  So, whatever it entails, hopefully it does not disappoint.  For now I will leave it at that and bid adieu.

Have a beautiful day and tomorrow.
DSC_0270 (3)Montana Rose Photography

Orange Sky

DSC_0270By golden light, peace was found.  Probably, I don’t really remember.  This was taken on my last night in the Grand Tetons and I had a very, very long drive back home.  I really need to plan my spontaneity a little better the next time. 😉

Now, I know that defeats the purpose of being spontaneous and I do not regret my trip.  I just wish that I had allowed myself more time. Not just to enjoy it, but to get home and rest up before having to return to work.  As the case, I drove straight back (over 30 hours with the occasional nap in a rest stop) and clocked right back in four hours late.

The trip home was  a lot harder to make and a lot rougher on the body than the trip there.  Of course that always seems to be how it always works. At least for me.

I’m a bit undecided on this picture.  It was  a setting sun, but I’m also sure I probably forgot to take that darn ND filter off.  That probably could have played in my favor had I remembered it was there.  Anyway, I don’t not like it.  There is something peaceful about it.

Have a beautiful day and tomorrow.

Montana Rose Photography

Let It Shine…

DSC_0278 (5)Or set as the case is for this picture.  Still, it is one of my favorite.  I almost forgot that I had it because I’ve not bothered with my Wyoming pictures in awhile.  I mean, I did post the elk picture yesterday, but it was already uploaded.  Good thing that I decide to look around to see what else was in there.

Have a beautiful day and tomorrow.
Montana Rose Photography

Beautiful Day….

SONY DSCFor most this is Valentine’s Day.  For some this (me) is the long awaited return of The Walking Dead. Whatever it is to you, make it a great one.

Have a beautiful day and tomorrow.

Montana Rose Photography