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Showing posts with label Rocky Mountain Front. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Rocky Mountain Front. Show all posts

Friday, October 4, 2013

just a little powdered sugar ~

hello and good friday morning to ya!

it's hard to top getting into the mountains on any day {unless it's a blizzard, then it's not so easy} lol. 

it was a spectacular day, last weekend, as we headed west, and while it started out bright and sunny on the 'east side' {as we call it} it was quite different once we crossed the rocky mountain front to the western side of montana. i'll save those pics for another day, and they are beautiful in their own right, even in rain and fog!

i was so excited to return to the rocky mountain front for a gorgeous fall day. we were here in the spring, but autumn... it's just another big sky gulp of awesomeness! 

 the picture below doesn't do it justice in the least, but see that bit of green strip up on the slope?  ... we really wanted to "go there."  perhaps ~ someday we will!  
and below, is close to the same area where we stopped for our picnic lunch this past spring, only then, the high prairie was showing off a dazzling array of prolific yellow {wild} daisy-like flower bunches.  click here if you'd like to take a tour to back to springtime in the rocky mountain front!
now just wide-open vistas of golden goodness of harvest and hay bales.



oh... those mountaintops!  

and i was struck by the contrast and similarity of the white-faced cattle with those beautiful 'white-faced' mountaintops in the background, too!
and while we don't have large eye-fulls of a variety of autumn trees for color, the wide-open spaces and bits of color are there for anyone to find... if we will only stop, look, and  breathe it in...
 to give thanks in every moment and each discovery...
to find the beauty in every step... 

{much like a stairway to heaven don't you think?!}

  and i love that, too.  
it's just a little bit of "powdered sugar" 
on top of a sweet autumn.
amazing.
thank you Awesome God!
joining in the studio friday 
there's some sweet... birthday treats and ideas {check it out}
soli deo gloria

Monday, June 24, 2013

late spring in rocky mountain front ~

hi friends ~ happy monday~ !

well, here's the last of our trip into the rocky mountains, and we traveled approximately 12.5 miles on a gravel road, well maintained for the most part!

i always love the contrast of spring green with spring snow ~ that is ~ as long as it's high up on the mountain!
and i love the rustic cross-fence ... it's rather timeless.
and a sign about bear country.  can't help but think:  
"here's your sign!"
although i kind of wonder what 'bear resistant' really means, or how it is interpreted by some? hmmm...
{just a thought!}
and this was the landscape 12.5 miles in; remnants of a  forest fire from several years ago... and those mountains appear to go on forever ~ this is essentially a look into the bob marshall wilderness; a very big BIG area. {over 1 million acres} {we were in the augusta/choteau area to the right}
many years ago, i rode my horse on a camping trip we took through "the bob" with family, led by my uncle; it was a wonderful time.
this road led into the blackleaf canyon area... i was sad that the sun went behind a cloud when we drove by the water... it was amazingly clear and tinted green with the spring runoff.
this is "indian head rock" ~ do you see him?



 here's a group of horses we think belonged to one of the guest ranches in the area.  several of the horses had bells on their halters. it a really pleasant, sweet, tinkling sound.  i assume to not only keep track of the herd, but likely to warn off bears, mountain lions, or other predators.

 these pics were taken in an area of the rocky mountain front designated the "pine butte nature conservancy" and it's stunning beauty is evident.  we looked them up on the internet; it's around $2200 per person, per week to stay and explore, camp, horseback rides, hike, etc.    gorgeous, isn't it?

and this scene below of flowers is one of my all-time favorites {so far!}... love love the purple with the yellow and white with the backdrop and moody skies of the mountains ~ pretty well sums up a perfect spring day.  it was taken near the hiking  access to what is known as "ear mountain."  we gotta get back there after it opens on july 1st.  this late access date allows the wildlife to mother their new babies, and protect the delicate environment, and all that stuff.
and with the day fading, as well as the light, we headed home with a wonderful memory of a landscape we love dearly.  can't wait to go back!!!

thanks for coming along for our montana ride into the rocky mountain front! {loved havin' you!}

have a great week!

Saturday, June 22, 2013

on to egg mountain ~ rocky mountain front

hi folks ~

we never made it to "egg mountain" ~  we chose to take another trail instead, into the "ear mountain" area... but it was a fabulous view from the top of this overlook.  we will just have to go back and take in the dinosaur tour another day!
 i was surprised at how i had forgotten some of this history of the paleontologists, and that the maiasaura was the state fossil of montana... guess that tells ya that dino's are not my kind of high interest subject!!
sure did love seeing all the delicate spring flowers everywhere.  this looks like a wild rose type.
 and we took a quick little break at the campground at eureka lake.  not hardly a breeze, and the water was super clear - very nice.
 and the bright sun!  how do you like our self portrait?!! i'm winkin' at ya!! lol
and that vista of row upon row of mountains ~ so much to see...
 and ah yeah... i have a thing for these cross fences!  i just love their form and traditional look  in the landscape. they definitely have character, and special 'old-fashioned' look.
more to come... thanks for staying on the ride with us!  if you haven't seen some of our glorious views, i hope you can take a few minutes to check it out here, and here over the past couple days.  happy saturday!  tomorrow's winner of the vicki welsh gradient fabric giveaway announced tomorrow!
soli deo gloria!
xo

Thursday, June 20, 2013

a day in the rocky mountain front ~ montana

hi friends ~

i'm sharing pics from our first road trip of the season ~  it was a perfect day! we enjoyed it so much.  {i took over 267 pictures}  yikes.  lots of editing, but i have pared it down ~ lol!  {it will take a couple posts}, so come along for the ride!

we packed our lunch, filled the truck with gas, and headed out early in the morning, eager to see what we could see...
the rocky mountain front is about 60 miles {or so} north and west from great falls. so much to see ~ wide prairies, big skies, luscious green pastures, profuse wildflowers, and gorgeous mountains all framed perfectly in a montana spring day...
we headed west to the beautiful area west of augusta, montana, first.  {there was a house we wanted to check out!}  yes... we dream big, too!
and a new momma white tail deer, and she had a new baby spotted fawn with her, but the grass was too high for me to capture it!

and... oh my... the profusion of wildflowers this year was stunning!




love our montana ~ 
thank you Lord, for the beautiful day!
soli deo gloria
xo
leslie

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Rocky Mountain Front ~ Montana

Some things I don't believe I will ever tire of... Sunflowers~
 Old Fences~
Clear Blue Skies~
 And Big Sky Country.  Especially across the Rocky Mountain Front.  This is a day trip we took a couple weekends ago, heading west along the Front, into the Sun River Canyon, and Gibson Dam, which is likely the only viable source of water for this incredibly large and irrigated rural area, known for it's quality alfalfa hay and spectacular wheat & barley production.
 The area shown pictured above is the famous Elk Winter Range, and a Montana State-regulated refuge.  Like many places across America, we have had a dry, dry, summer, as you can see from the landscape.  Hay prices are skyrocketing, as well as most everything else these days. {pretty soon we won't be able to afford corn chips?!}
There's just a bare hint of green left facing north, as we got closer to the Mountains.
Beautiful wildflowers~ 



We love traveling the beautiful back roads of Montana.  I have more pictures {surprise!} of our Day in the Country!


EnJOY your day --- in the country... or not!
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