One Word Photo Challenge – DRY!

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High and Dry! Swallow nests found along the banks of the Missouri River in Great Falls, Montana.

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One Word Photo Challenge – “Cold”


“Sugar,” A cold day in Arizona taken in 2012

“Ron – along the shores of the Missouri River in January 2010, Great Falls, MT

Images of “cold” for Jennifer Nichole Wells weather photography challenge.

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One Word Photo Challenge–BEAVER

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Jennifer Nichole Wells color this week is beaver:  a lovely shade of brown.

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The dead leaves and trees in Fairy Swamp surely fit into the “beaver” category for the color brown.  I hope to get out tomorrow to see if there is any new growth with color sprouting out yet.

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The dead foliage and surrounding hills around the falls, in Great Falls, Montana (taken in January 2010 before we moved) gives you a good feel for the color of beaver.

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I don’t know about you, but I am ready for the color green!  Thanks for checking in on me today.  I am always glad to see you all!

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One Word Photo Challenge–“Ultramarine”

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Jennifer Nichole Wells One Word Photo Challenge color is ultramarine blue!  Click the badge to learn about the challenge.

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This was a tough color for me this week.  The blue is hard to find in nature.  These are not my pictures.  I am sharing them because of the striking color of the Delphinium in my friend’s backyard in Montana this summer.  She kindly shared the pictures with me.

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Here is a close up of the flowers.  I think they are quite breathtaking.  I have never seen colors this intense.  I will have to look at planting some of these beauties next year.

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One Word Photo Challenge–Mustard

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More of BIG SKY Country – Montana – hills colored “mustard” by the setting sun.

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This week’s One Word Photo Challenge from Jennifer Nichole Wells is Mustard!

To participate:

  • Create a new post on your blog titled “One Word Photo Challenge: Mustard”
  • Include an image or images that you feel fit the theme
  • Tag your post with “One Word Photo Challenge” so that others can find your contribution
  • Have fun!

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The Mountain Brook

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The brook gently meanders with a hushed gentle flow,

whereas dappled sunlight patterns the leaves all aglow.

Time slips by with no rhythm or meaning,

just the steady stream ebbing from the mountains exceeding.

Shadows deepen with an ebony luminosity,

As fire flies glimmer, sparkle, and flash.

Quietly –

the night descends in soothing whispers displaying the sun’s last flush,

while darkness lingers smoldering in the dusk.

**Memories of the Great Falls, Montana Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center Trail along the banks of the Missouri River, Summer 2009**

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Out of Pocket

Today’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday post is: “Start with a preposition.”  That’s it! Have fun!  This post is response to SoCS at http://lindaghill.wordpress.com/2014/08/22/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-august-2314/.    Italics = prepositions! 

Without prepositions I would not be able to write.  Throughout my writings and poetry you will find that prepositions are some of my favorite words. Since I tend to use these words in a regular fashion, I find they help me deepen the meanings of my sentences.  Between you and I, some of my favorite prepositions are:  as, at, for, in, like, of, and to. 

Inside meanings are gleaned from many prepositions, and they tend to clarify other words in our writing so that we better understand the relationships that are being portrayed.  Before you shake your head in wonder, see if you use any of these prepositions by looking through your own writing.  Can you write without prepositions?

I have to share a couple of my favorite sayings from Montana,Out and About,” and “Out of Pocket.”  Perfect for our Preposition Saturday.  After my husband retired from the Air Force in the early 1990’s, we meandered our way up to Montana after a few other unsuccessful job locations did not work out.  My husband’s best friend lived in Great Falls, Montana at the time so we decided we would give that location a try.

It was a perfect fit.  After a couple of weeks, I found a job as a bookkeeper/administrative assistant to one of the State of Montana’s most wealthy ranchers and oil men, Michael Curran of the Dearborn Ranch in Wolf Creek, Montana.  He ran about 4,500 head of black Angus cattle on that ranch.  He was a small man in stature; however, he carried himself with authority, even though he was elderly at the time.

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After a few weeks into my employment, I received a call from Mr. Curran one day at the office.  He said he was going to be “out and about, probably “out of pocket” all day!  I don’t know if you know where Great Falls, Montana is but, it is only about two (driving) hours from the Canadian border.  The Canadians pronounce their “o’s” more than anywhere else I had lived before and of course, in Montana they did too.  I remember chuckling at the way he pronounced the words.

I grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and I had never heard such great colloquialisms before.  I was a city girl, working for a ranch, using words and terms I had never heard before – I was a fish out of water.  I had traveled and lived all over the world, yet here I was still learning new languages.  I understood “out and about,” but “out of pocket,” that I was not sure about.

I asked Mr. Curran just exactly what he meant to be sure.  He chuckled too, and explained that when he was “out of pocket,” that meant he was going to be out of range of the phone!  In other words, he would be driving his truck somewhere out there on the ranch and no one would be able to get hold of him.  This was before we used cell phones like we do today.  Mr. Curran did have a car (truck) phone; however, signal towers were so far away it was practically useless.

I miss those days working for Mr. Curran and his breathtakingly beautiful ranch.  I have great memories of cattle, haying and calving.

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Dearborn Ranch Company Branding 1996

Musings from a Glass of Moscato

Today’s daily writing challenge at http://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_prompt/pick-your-potion/ is:  Captain Picard was into Earl Grey tea; mention the Dude and we think: White Russians. What’s your signature beverage — and how did it achieve that status?

My signature beverage would have to be Moscato Wine!  I love the sweet, fruity taste on my tongue.  Better yet, I love the way Moscato wine smells.  It fills your senses with its tangy peachy aroma.  Most other wines do not smell this fantastic!

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I enjoy both white Moscato and pink Moscato wines.  Both of them are similar; however, I believe pink Moscato is quite a bit more tart.  My sipping wine of choice is the white Moscato.  Red Moscato wine has an entirely different taste and smell.  It tastes darker to me – full bodied with a hint of cherry.  I do enjoy a red Moscato on occasion, it just is not my favorite.

I was introduced to Moscato wine from a bunch of friends (neighbors) when we lived in Great Falls, Montana.  I attended a wine and cheese party where there was every type of cheese and wine served that I could possibly think of.  We had a great time and I found my passion for Moscato wine.  I have been enjoying this wine ever since.

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Moscato wine became my favorite drink to share with family and friends.  Even though we have all moved on to other areas of the country, or even overseas, (many of my friends were active duty military) I am always reminded of the fantastic times we had in Montana every time I sip my glass of Moscato.  Good times and good friends along with a great glass of wine – it does not get much better than this!

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Another great Montana barbecue

Silhouettes of Shadows Past

This post is in response to the Weekly Photo Challenge here at WordPress at http://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_photo_challenge/silhouette-2014/.

This week, experiment with light and capture a silhouette:

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Pensacola, Florida – backlighted trees during my morning walk

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Prescott Valley, Arizona – winter sunset 2012

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Great Falls, Montana – Frozen “Great Falls” in winter 2010