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Showing posts with label Montana Landscapes. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Montana Landscapes. Show all posts

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

our montana rocky mountain front ~ boots ~ gates n' patriots ~

morning pardner!

take off those boots!  and ... decorate a fence post or two!

not unusual, i've seen it done before... but it is always fun to see...   boots nailed to a fencepost for a little country humor, and ... just a bit of decorative impact?!!  you bet i had to stop and take a few shots of this amusing rural scene. 


and then we came to the old north trail sign in our journey, which i'd never seen before.  very cool!

"where nomadic tribes crossed  the bering strait 10,000 years b.c. from foreign lands and traveled south to cnetral america to father the indian race, i was called "The Travois Trail" by the indians, and later pondera trail {pronounced 'pawn-da-ray'} by the outlaws and other travelers."

pretty dang cool sign, huh?
 and once again, another surprise along the backroads.

amusing that it is still preserved, and impressive, and yes, even a little bit tender, i think.  to consider what dreams this little piece of homestead and it's gate may have represented in this harsh climate and challenging landscape...

yes. yes i would!  i'd love a private drive like this one... 
very much!

oh my montana... and america the beautiful! how very blessed we are to live in this country.

soli deo gloria
xo
leslie

Monday, June 8, 2015

a spring day in montana rocky mountain front ~ 2015

hi there ~

west.  go west! 

springtime in the rockies ~ always an adventure!  after so much beautiful rain, we, thankfully ~ had a warm day where there was a break in the clouds and it was time to hit the backroads once again! so we headed to the {eastern} side of our montana mountain west.  west of home ~ west to the rocky mountain front for a picnic!

i hope you enjoy the images i took of this spectacular day... while they {always} fall far short of the real thing, it was a sweet day of fresh air to be able to get out and about in big sky country.  we always choose, when we can, the muddy one-laner, loner roads...

wild flowers, craggy posts, croaky toads, and beyond blue, big big skies at every turn... 












this was where we stopped for a bit of lunch, and a spot in the road, and in the sunshine with the company and musical croaking of frogs in a small pond nearby.  a perfect place for a picnic!  

soli deo gloria.
"we give thanks to You, O God, we give thanks!  for Your wondrous works declare that Your name is near." 
psalm 75:1
amen.
xo
leslie

Thursday, April 16, 2015

montana high prairie spring ~

hello ~

we're all ready for spring in the great northern plains, and we have had some lovely bright days in between lots of wind, and lately a bit of snow.  but oh the spring green of new crops, and bright blue skies!

this one day was spectacular, and i enjoyed getting out on a mini-roadtrip to take some photos.

i'm also amused at the fencelines... taking in the furballs!  i know... sounds so goofy, doesn't it?  but there is just something that draws my interest as the cattle love rubbing against this "side-scratcher" of barbed wire!

and then those classic "shoot-em-up" signs... sigh.  why they must be shot at, i'm not sure... but it does make for an interesting texture??!  lol.  {not really!}

and green pastures... painted ponies!  sweet blooming pussy willows.  sure signs of spring.  love.  love.  love.  

at any rate... i hope you enjoy my photo-log of a day out in the sunshine!








enJoy this day!
soli deo gloria!
xo
leslie

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

montana's niagara falls ~ lost lake in the shonkin sag

greetings ~

today's feature is a continuation of our wintery day adventure with the clydesdale horses.   we ended it with a small hike in a chilly blustery late day under amazing skies, and crazy laccolith stone architecture.  it's an amazing geological tour to a very cool, and very unusual place, known as montana's very own niagara falls ~ lost lake.  there is a short,  well-written article about it ~ click here. 




lost lake
 "To imagine that volume of water, consider this: 
given the depth of Lost Lake, Davidson said, 
the falls probably dropped 300 to 350 feet 
when the Shonkin Sag 
was brimful and water poured over the top.  
At 300 feet deep and half a mile across, 
the Dry Falls would have been just about 
double size of the largest cataract 
at today’s Niagara Falls."
i've been here several times, and each time i'm awestruck by the grandeur and sheer rock formations.  it's quiet... and lonely with the wind roaring in your ears... and the sandy "beach" is rather unusual to me; coarse pebbly rock material with a generous dose of green lichen.


Patricia, Joseph and David pose for me in the rocks that rim this hidden "lost lake."
lost lake sits on private land, and is well preserved... no hint of litter or trash of any kind.  just pure unadulterated awesome. 

the highwood mountains in the distance, a spectacular view of ancient, blue, and quiet.





as i headed homeward bound...
a breathtaking sunset that took my breath away.
much like the entire day.

Your Glory, O Lord, reaches to the skies...
soli deo gloria.

Monday, March 2, 2015

a winter's day adventure with the lacey creek ranch clydesdales ~

hi!

last week began with a day's adventure, and a {tiny} break from collage quilts!  i went along as the "official" photographer {tongue-in~cheek}.  it was a spectacular wintery day spent on a ranch up in the highwood mountains... with two big beautiful clydesdale boys:  jerry, and ritchie, their owner and also with their handler friends.  we were treated to a little history of their coming to the ranch, the breed itself, and how they are cared for, and how they were harnessed.  now they're ready to take us for a ride as bob drives them out of the barn.  and just look at that beautiful craftsmanship of the barn! and those horses... aren't they beautiful? 
we were treated to a carriage ride; one of the finest in the world!  the wind was brutal cold, but we were covered up in wool blankets, and if it had been a nicer day, we would have been able to ride longer, but it was 11 degrees, and the wind was about 15-20 mph.  at any rate... the ride was fantastic.
and our friends from taiwan were able to get a bit of a lesson in horse grooming as they made friends with these awesome animals... this is joseph getting acquainted with ritchie:
no {small} detail was forgotten... and our favorite baby, matthew got to go for a ride, too!  and between blowing bubbles and snuggling in his blankets, he had a great time i'm pretty sure!!  he was so so good the whole time, giggling and smiling at anyone!


ritchie give us a beautiful view of intelligence, grace, and a "where's my carrot?" kind of attitude!

patricia gets to lead ritchie back to the pasture after being groomed and cooled down. just look at the powerful build of these horses...
below is dice, and he is half percheon and half quarter horse.  isn't he cute?!  nice little round body, and he had quite the character, too.  he is the ranch's saddle horse, and he gets a bit of a carrot treat, too!

it might have been cold, but it was a great time!


if we'd had a bit more snow, we would have ridden in the sleigh... maybe next time?
patricia makes friend with dice, and he is a sweet, 
friendly guy... and also looking for {more} handouts!

below is the main house, a perfect setting in this sweet valley of the highwood mountains... atop a small little rise above lacey creek.  this is the lacey creek ranch.  it is spectacular.  amazing.  breath-takingly beautiful... especially when the sun came out to shine on us...
bob, the owner, treated us to a delicious lunch of hot carrot soup, fresh, giant yeast rolls, ham, asian slaw and banana cake with browned butter frosting.  major yummy goodness all the day long.
it was a lovely sparkly day of adventure.  this wasn't the end of our day, only the beginning, and i have more to share!

i hope i get to go back... and practice {more} photography on these gorgeous horses, and amazing landscape.  thank you guys, for showing us a great time. bless you.

xo
leslie
soli deo gloria.
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