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Still Leaning

DSC_0363Still leaning….seems fitting as that is what I feel like I’m doing at this present moment.  This new year hasn’t gotten off to a bad start, but it is not really a good start.  It’s kind of leaning somewhere in between.  Some would say that it is up to me as far as which direction it goes.  We shall see.

As I write this, I’m actually sitting in Discount Tire for literally the second time in just over three months.  The last time was while I was in Tennessee.  I had picked up a pretty hefty little screw that was relentless with the need to release the air from tire.  Today, ironically, same tire but smaller screw….go figure.  I cannot help but ponder the implications of that.  I do know that there is no big strong man to put my tire back on for me this time.  That is fine, I’ll make the guys here do it.  I’m much too pretty to be changing my own tire all the time.  I really shouldn’t have to be changing my tire all the time, but I digress.

That was a bit dramatic.

I haven’t really had to change them that much.  It’s only been like three times since I got these tires November 2018 and come to think of it, it is always the same tire but not the same tire.  There is something about my driver side back tire space that just makes the tires not enjoy their life and feel the need to pick up hitchhiking screws.  All about the adventure, I suppose.

This is the third time which ever tire is in that position has to have a patch (or even possibly replaced this time) and it is always a screw.  How does that work?  If I didn’t know any better, I would think that someone is purposely putting a screw by my tire to run over.  I know that is highly unlikely, but it is quite peculiar-don’t you think?

Anyway, again, I digress.

Now, that I’ve rambled my little annoyance about sitting in Discount Tire (which I’m really considering placing stock in), I’ll move on.

I have been deep in thought about my blog.   The last few post didn’t really take the tone that I really meant to put out there.  That could be said for most of my post on here.  I know that someone will say that it is my blog and I can put what I want out there, but truth is…I don’t really like that girl.  She was angry, sad…for due reasons, but just the same.  It is not who I want to be and I’m really trying to work on the negativity.  I’ve probably said that a 100 times over on here, but that is my goal for this year…as well as following through.

Not a new year’s resolution, mind you.  No, I am not a new year’s resolutioner, but I am a goal setter.  I guess it could be said to be the same thing, but I’m not sure that it is.  Anyway,  my entire life I’ve been bad about following through on things.  When things do not go as I had planned, or they are way harder than they are supposed to be, or my life gets the best of me…I tend to give up.  I’m working on not doing that anymore.  I do not know if that means, I will be posting more but it mean something.

I got wrapped up in my thoughts there for a second and now have forgotten where else I was going to go with that.  Shocker.  I baked cookies yesterday and managed to mess them up twice, even though I was reading the directions.  The second batch was edible, the first batch was not.  Consequences of getting lost in my thoughts and now I’m rambling.

I do not know how many of you remember this tree.   I posted it about four years ago.  Not this picture, no-but this exact same tree.  The original was taken in July of 2015 (see below).  70455693_2555805407811206_8825561407006179328_o(1)I had a better camera and a better lens this time, but there is something to be said for the old one as well.

I don’t know that I expected the tree to still be standing.  I am not sure what I thought to be sure.  I guess I figure a leaning tree is eventually a falling tree.  It clearly has not fallen.  There is something to be said for that, I suppose.  I’m always looking symbolism and I do have a hankering for philosophy, so what better place to look then trees.  I know that was bad, but it will get worse-just give me a minute.

If a leaning tree has roots strong enough to keep standing, I guess that I can find mine too (told you I could do worse).  Or something even cheesier than that.  It’s okay to smile, or even roll your eyes.  I just did.

I really do not know what 2020 has in store for anything in my life.  I do know that I will keep trucking on, even if at a lean.  I’ve still got a ton of photos from last year to post, which is good because I do not know if I will get any major trips in this year.  I will keep photos coming, though.  Thank you for sticking around.

Live, Laugh, Love, and Let it ride.
~SMH~

Burned to Beauty

DSC_8754It has been a while.  For now, I will spare you the details and just share this photo.   It is one of my favorite from what I will call the “Burned to Beauty” series.

This is one of the numerous trees in Custer State Park that was a victim of the wildfire a while back.  Through the charred bark, remnants of the base shined through.  The blackened tone accentuated the lines and shapes embracing the bark and giving it a distinctive appearance.  The core of the tree peaking through looked like what I imagine an area covered with hardening lava with burning lava still flowing underneath would look like.  For that, I chose to enhance the colors to give it what I consider an amazingly mesmerizing type of appearance.  I hope that you like this picture as much as I do.

Until the next time, have a beautiful day and tomorrow.

Montana Rose Photography

Rainy Day

DSC_0550 (2).jpgNothing like a rainy day.  Unless you are on vacation and it rains the majority of the time.  We’ve all been there at one time or another.  We do what we can to make the best of it.

I started my trip out in the Badlands (Badlands National Park).  I want to say that it was great like last year, but third time is not a charm.  The campground that I stayed at had and influx of campers and was full every night.  Every time I turned around I was running into people or could hear them.  It was so windy that my tent tried to fly away a couple of times.  Once with me in it.  Yeah, I ended up sleeping in my car.

The last day there it rained so bad that the dirt road to the campground was horrible. Muddy, slippery.  No matter how slow you went-there was slipping and sliding.   There are some steep curves with some deep dips.  You feel like you are on a roller coaster almost on your side.  When the road is muddy and you are sliding…not so much fun.  I ended up having a horrible panic attack; especially, since I cannot see the well in the dark. I turned around in slept in one of the lots where back country hiking is allowed.

With that I also decided that once you’ve seen the Badlands, four days is really too long to stay there.  I headed to Custer State as soon as I could, but I was exhausted. My usual campground was not open even though it was supposed to be.  There was an influx of campers there as well and they were a rude and inconsiderate bunch.  I never did get a good night’s sleep and it rained off and on the first several days.

It was not the trip that I imagined, but looking bad…it served a purpose.  I won’t dive into that at this time. I’ve already written too much.  Alas, you do get a bit of wordiness to continue.

For the most part, there was blue skies and just this vibrant and lively rolling green and red hills.  It was the most beautiful I’ve seen the park in the my three visits.  I guess this is what happens when a park gets caught up in the wildfire.  Still, the second I was ready to hike…it would rain.  I didn’t want to walk away from this trip with ill feelings and so I was bound and determine to make the most out of it.

The greenness and the fires, they had me all about a different type of photograph journey.  I am always all about the animals, but this time I was also about that scenery, those trees, and those roads.  With it being rainy, I think it made for some great pics and this is one of them.

I altered it just a bit, but I wanted to deliver this to deep, moody kind of look. I don’t know what I mean by that, but I had this vision and this picture fits the bill.  It is kind of rainy (It is actually raining in this photo) and it is kind of gloomy with that glistening bit of light fighting to shine through.  At least I hope that is what you see.  I also hope that you like it.

With that lengthy ramble, I will bid adieu.  Have a beautiful day and tomorrow.

Montana Rose Photography

Misty Morning….

DSC_7170It was a cold, windy, and rainy morning in the Badlands.  Most of the time spent in the Badlands (not to be confused with Custer State Park) was windy.   Sunny at first, but windy none the less.  On this particular morning, I chose to drive to the nearest town and grab some breakfast. I saw this tree and it was perfect.

Perfect for what I do not know, but I just loved the way that it looked in the misty, foggy morning.  I hope that you do too.  Quick side note, I did very minimum to editing of this photo. I loved it just the way it was.

Have a beautiful day and tomorrow.

Montana Rose Photography

Two sides….

DSC_8273Sometimes three.  In the case of this picture…four.  The original, the original edited version, and then these two versions.

No soapboxes today.  I just want people to enjoy the pictures.  They are two of my favorites.  I hope that you like them too.
DSC_8273cbHave a beautiful day and tomorrow.

Montana Rose Photography