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Showing posts with label Highwood Mountains. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Highwood Mountains. Show all posts

Monday, June 16, 2014

my montana backyard ~ june 2014

june.
beautiful june.

it's a bit of a tease with the hint of sunshine, and perhaps of slightly warmer days to come... but just stopping to take in that lush green... amazing.  and the sweet freshness of wonderful rains is definitely take-your-breath-away goodness.

here are just a few of my favorite views from the past week in our 'montana backyard' ~

{my favorite dogs int he backyard too}  miss georgia-girl and sweet savannah ~ ready to go~!






have a great week!
xo
leslie

Saturday, April 26, 2014

on golden {prairie} pond ~ an april montana morning

morning ~ 

indeed, it was a frosty one, just last week.  but you wouldn't know it from the warm glow of that glory sky.

i caught only a glimpse of it from my city windows... but my soul beheld what it could be... so, still in my pj's, i pulled on the necessities: socks, shoes, a coat, and grabbed my camera.

ahhh yes.  this is it.  this is what my soul was craving. some quiet moments on the frosty spring prairie are precious and fleeting.  i know this, and quickly make the turn off the main highway, heading east looking to the highwood mountains.
 the farm grounds are sweetly quiet. much like the soul waiting for it's easter breakthrough, a light straight through the dark...

anticipation floats in the big sky.  i can feel it as my shoes crunch through gravel, and crunchy frosty grass...  

the quansets and shops are still, at least for the moments of these early morning april days.  seeding plans at the next opportunity are ready to dance and prance as soon as that soon-to-be-tilled soil dries.

 renewing ~ and renewable. in God's great time-table. the easter present that always keeps giving.

my eye can't help but see the green come up through the golden hope of the sun, reflecting the chilly morning's dew, and last summer's dried grass.  {just like our easter hearts?}
the snow that made it's weight well known for a goodly winter's season portion is begrudgingly pulling back it's winter cape from the rolling prairie landscapes.
be still.  know.  fall into Him. 
He is {always} there. 

even the geese and ducks enjoy their icy spring plunges in the chilly, golden field's wheat ponds.
 except ~ where the ice still has it way, and reflects the coming of it's last days under the new morning sun rising.


oh yes.  golden stillness.  and we wait. 


to begin again.  



boundless hope ~ makes it's way.



Soli Deo Gloria.
xo
leslie

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

gift of finest wheat ~

good morning everyone ~

some of you may know i'm a girl born on the prairie.  montana native. but i'm a blend... and if you were to describe it the way marketing does coffee beans... i'd be a whole bean, {never ground!} and i think it would be called "flathead prairie cherry!"  {well, maybe not?!!}  just havin' some fun with that thought ~

anywho ~ my grandparents homesteaded in montana ~ one set in the mountains on the flathead river in western montana, where the wheat would get to 4-5 feet tall;  the other in the grasslands and prairies of northern montana near the sweetgrass hills.  

i love taking in that green wheat growing in the fields anywhere.  i also appreciate it is very symbolic of so {sow} many things.  hope.  spring.  new life.  harvest.  the plow.  and the cycle comes full circle.  it is a gift.  and a gift ~ of life and livelihood to so many in our state.

these photos were all taken last sunday morning, on our way to highwood.  the early morning sun was just fabulous in that luscious wheat, and so we i had to stop and snap a couple shots...













come rain or shine, hail or hellwater.  
it's a gift.  all of it. 
and i pray we all have a great harvest~! amen.
xo
leslie

Monday, February 11, 2013

I Can Only Imagine ~

Hi there! 

I hope your weekend was wonderful; ours was.  Basketball, baking cookies, church and a little sewing.  Hope to show some fun things I've been working on, soon. We had a fresh new dusting of snow, and actually the temps were mild; above 25 degrees for the most part.
I've been practicing taking pics with my iPhone camera while moving in the car ~ a challenge, but a fun one!   The one above was taken yesterday, and the one below was from a couple weeks ago.   All are taken from our 'bird's eye view' so to speak, as we travel the road to Highwood.

Some mornings, the roads can be a challenge... they are well-maintained though; usually plowed, and graveled
Date:  February 10, 2013
"The heavens tell of the glory of God.
The skies display His marvelous craftsmanship.
Day after day they continue to speak; night after night they make him known.
They speak without  a sound or a word; their voice is silent in the skies; 
yet their message has gone out to all the earth, and their words to all the world."
Psalm 19:1-4.

February 10th, 2013
While all  the pictures above were taken through our car's windshield... {they are a tad dark}, the one below was taken after rolling the window down.  {Brian just loves these fresh, cold breaths of air!} I'm still amazed at how good this little 5mp camera is in the phone.  I love it!
 It's one of my all-time favorites.
Incredible light. 
And incredible love from God above.  
Can you imagine?  
We just happened to have Mercy Me playing their song "I Can Only Imagine" as we topped this hill.
   Yes.  I can... truly... and only imagine.
And a final parting shot ~ playing with a self-portrait and a filter.  While I am not comfortable taking pictures of myself, I am curious about all the creative filters, so I decided the only way I'm going to really learn is to try them on myself. {Love my new color-styled hair!}

Onward~
xo
Leslie

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Gift of Finest Wheat ~ Highwood Country

Last Wednesday evening we went out to Highwood, to our friend's, the Pasha's, for bible study,and a wonderful dinner and evening together. 

Thanks everyone for the fun comments on "Giggle!"  I loved it!  *Due to my cataract surgery (which went well--will do surgery on my left eye this Thurs), I am not able to read {or type} lol very well upclose {yet!}, and especially on the compter, but here is a post prepared earlier.. I hope you ... EnJOY!  
On the way back we enjoyed the glorious, flowing wheat fields, set against that backdrop of Big Sky and the Highwood Mountains.  It's about an hour's drive due to gravel roads, but is only about 38 miles from Great Falls.  Highwood is where we attend church services, which is 27 miles from Great Falls.  It's also a place we would love to live in... someday. {God willing}
All of my photos were taken on our way home, about 9:00 pm.  
The wheat crop looks sooo good out here; and the green spring wheat is thick, too.   And the clouds put on a show for us that evening, too.   AMAZING.

Dramatic skies... and with a dry lightning storm moving in, although it did seem to have a little bit of rain in the clouds, it was mostly of the dangerous type.

I love the old signs... the textures, the bullet holes... the rust and well, the age.  "Shonkin" is what this sign used to read, and it is the general term that describes the area above Highwood, MT, where the Pasha's farm.
We were maybe about 10 miles from Great Falls when we stopped along the highway so I could take this shot {below}.  To the left of the big clouds and radiating from the ground, is a small, smokey cloud where lightning struck and started a fire; likely we think it was a wheat field as the smoke was very dark and black.

We pray for a safe harvest for everyone, and for protection for all who work to bring the fruit of their labors, home for the rest of us to enjoy.  Thank you Lord, for the Gift of Finest Wheat, and for the One who Satisfies the Hungry Heart.  In your  Son's precious name, Amen.
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