Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year

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From standing in the rainforest looking down to the ocean shore as Grey Whales feed in the surf, to beautiful kayak trips taken on the river with friends and family, to playing music with our Ukulele group and spreading the joy – I must say it was an amazing year.

But there is uncertainty for the future and the well-being of our country: distrust and chaos seem to be the theme in Washington. Sadly, there have been major environmental assaults and frightening decisions made by officials who have no idea what they are doing and ignore the science which exposes the follies of these policies. Greed seems to be king; and our leaders have no honor nor truth left in their rhetoric.

For all that is good and beautiful, we must not stop trying to combat the darkness. We must have hope. And hope is what I wish for you all in the coming year. We shall overcome. Keep the faith.

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The road leads ever on

Gate CreekHappy New Year. Needless to say, it has been an eventful start to the new year given what is going on in our country. I attempt to remind myself that this current situation is not the book of our country, it is not the net result of our experiment with democracy; but only a chapter. Still, I am deeply concerned on many levels.

That being said, we went on a longish hike in the snow to clear our minds and find a bit of real-world outside — the above photo was taken yesterday with my phone camera. It is looking west from Tribal Land near an old homestead site in a creek bottom. These are all deer tracks, and perhaps someone had been on skis here a couple weeks ago.

This lower photo was taken from on top of the cliffs overlooking the Flathead River, from yesterday’s hike as well. Glorious sunshine we enjoyed greatly; sunlight has been quite scarce this winter so far. We saw swans and various other waterfowl since the river is not iced.  I am grateful that places like this exist. Keep the faith; fight the good fight, my friends.

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A Flat Lay of Fly Fishing Reels and Rods

3-reelsMatt and I have been experimenting with Flat Lay on some of his Dad’s old Fishing Rods. His Dad had quite a few; some of them are old time bamboo rods with old English Reels still attached. I kind of get teary-eyed when I realize that his hands were the last to touch these beauties.

After we cleaned out the apartment then suddenly I was cast 🙂 into the world of fly fishing, of which I know very little. There is always something new to learn. The English made some good reels back when. My Mom and I used to fish streams with bait but I can see the aesthetic appeal of fly-fishing.

Below is a jumble of the old rods. If anyone knows anything about these please message me.

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September 30: the “wild” River Called

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It was warm on Friday when we were done with work and everything. It was the last really warm day probably for awhile, so since we had the boats already on the car we did a seven mile river trip down the Flathead. These are a couple of the shots I took with my phone. Above are the clay cliffs where swallows like to nest and the second photo is after we navigated some Class 1.5 rapids. (Matt fondly calls them that.) You get moving pretty quickly here and you have to watch out for rocks. It is beautiful in every direction; no doubt in my mind this is one of the more remote stretches and away from pretty much everything. This section of the river is a true treasure, thanks to the tribe setting it aside; otherwise it would be flanked with houses. Keep it wild! 🙂

Big Old Sitka Spruce Trees

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Here are some more images from our trip last month to the coast. These beauties are old growth trees along the ocean on the Olympic Peninsula. Photo 1: Sitka and Cedar on a hike down to the Beach near LaPush and 2: the famous Ruby Beach overlook further south. What a treasure this National Park is. If you are interested in getting involved in creating more quiet space for this place check out Save the Olympic Peninsula.

Milky Way view from Western Montana

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I meant to post this a few weeks back, but I get distracted in the summer. 🙂 This was taken late June on one of those special, clear nights with very little moon. We stayed up way too late but look at what we found! This photo was taken before the fire on Ravalli Hill. Those hills are now recovering nicely from being scorched by a human caused blaze near Highway 93, which took the Tribe many days to control.

This weekend we are hoping to view the Perseid Showers, which will peak Friday and Saturday nights. I hope you get to check them out too.

Note: This was taken with the wide angle lens accompanied by a shutter app on my Nexus. Matthew rigged the whole thing up. Ask before you use it, OK?

Rialto Beach

What to write about this place? It’s like a second home and so familiar and yet so different each time we visit. This time we were there with Matt’s sister and our son Alasdair. This is the view from the north looking south to Hole in the Wall. Down south it was busy, more busy than what we are used to, but we don’t usually visit in July. It was great weather though! There’s the rub…

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A Time Lapse of the Flathead River

Happy Easter to you all. Yesterday Matthew and I spent part of the early evening on top of a hill overlooking the Flathead River just west of Dixon, in an area also known as Tipi Camp. We shot a time lapse of the clouds, sky and outback hills on the other side of the river. I’ve been wanting to do that area in time lapse for awhile. If you watch closely, there is a train shot too.

While this camera was busy, I hiked across the road with the GoPro camera to set up another time lapse with a varied perspective. I stepped away for a moment and a female bluebird came to light on the camera and iPhone for a couple minutes while her very blue partner sat nearby. That camera was thereby blessed by a Bluebird!  Happy Spring!

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