What does the photo say?

I don’t wish to make too much out of this photo of Sen. Obama cleaning up after himself in an ice cream parlor after a new’s conference. Nor do I want to press too much the significance of someone who wears the same shoes and then has them resoled instead of going out and buying another pair.

Check out Callie Shell’s photo website. She has some truly wonderful photos.

For people who have just seen their life savings diminished by a third, or for the elderly Indian lady I talked to in the optometrist’s office on Wednesday who said she couldn’t buy meat because money was so tight; these images might mean a great deal.

Sky Watchers ~ open space

“The other thing is quality of life; if you have a place where you can go and have a picnic with your family, it doesn’t matter if it’s a recession or not, you can include that in your quality of life.”  Jim Fowler

Click on these photos for a larger view.  Visit other skies by clicking on the button for Sky Watch Friday.  Tom, thanks for all you’ve done for us.  I will miss your positive charm.

In other words, if you have a little place to walk, a little space to run, a small corner to have lunch with your family outside under the open sky; you have a lot.

Along the trails

Fish Creek campground stairs access.  No, we did not ride down these.  There is another trail near the creek which is where we usually walk or ride.  This path always has the first Trillium in the spring.

Avalanche Creek picnic area.

“Be a half-assed crusader, a part-time fanatic. Don’t worry too much about the fate of the world. Saving the world is only a hobby. Get out there and enjoy the world, your girlfriend, your boyfriend, husbands, wives; climb mountains, run rivers, get drunk, do whatever you want to do while you can, before it’s too late. –EDWARD ABBEY, US environmental advocate, 1927—89”

Matthew on the Fish Creek bike trail.

“No memory is ever alone; it’s at the end of a trail of memories, a dozen trails that each have their own associations.”
Louis L’Amour

It must be nice

Fellow blogger, Kievas passed along this link the other day so I will do the same.  You can read the article for yourself.  We all live with moral contradiction, for instance I know I am supposed to love these people, but I have a hard time doing that.  The legacy which the far religious right will leave is the ability to function as a unit while remaining oblivious to their own hypocrisy.  It’s amazing to me how dependent they are on the need to demonize and wield the weapon of fear of the political other in order to ignore the  greed, hate and corruption of their own. Instead of becoming a tool for reconciliation and working out solutions as was Christ’s command, they exhibit quite the opposite in their militant intolerance for pretty much everyone who does not agree with their brand of religion.    It must be comforting to move around each day in such a reality protected by blinders. These people have now become McCain’s base?


Today might be a milestone depending on how efficient the optician’s lab is with my new Rx.  I have been putting this off for quite a few years but I finally am going into the eye doctor to acquire reading glasses.  So far, the computer is no trouble but I can’t read a thing closer than 2 feet away.  Ever attempt to type sitting two feet away?  I do have long arms, but… oh and signing checks has become a daunting dance on paper with the prescription I have now.  I’m going over to the clear side…..

On a different note, here is an interesting insight into the true beneficial quality of grapes. You know, GRAPES.  They are even of the organic kind – that of which I have a ton. The grapes I don’t know what to do with, the grapes which are still on the vine, or those not processed sitting in the garage. If you want some grapes please come over and get them. They are really, really good for you.

The grapes might be especially helpful this coming week before the elections.  I’m sure everyone’s blood pressure is hopping up and down constantly.  Big media has to keep these elections a horse race to maintain the public’s focus.  Golly, we can’t go two days without that adrenaline rush, now can we?

Stop testing the rats, test us!  We eat lots of grapes and Matthew has had a history of high blood pressure.  I wonder what it is now?  Or mine for that matter.

A note of things to come

I have been relatively light on the writing for some days; partly because I have been away from the computer here and there. For instance, just today Aly and I accompanied Matthew and the school’s superintendent on a trip to pick up 30 computers, plus monitors, printers, cables, and assorted gear at the State of Montana computer warehouse. We took two vans and our cargo trailer. The computers are used, warehoused machines which are perfectly good but have been replaced by the State. So, the schools who raise their hands first acquire the goods. It will be a huge job for Matthew to assimilate these machines into the school’s system, but he is a clever chap. Besides, he hates to see good stuff just sit idle and he loves to save the district money, which he does on many occasions.

So yes, there is that, but I have also been taking a wee bit of a break as I intend to start blogging fairly heavily this week leading up to the elections.  I don’t intend to turn this into a political blog for a week but I do wish to post little tidbits I find along my interweb meanderings.  I still have quite a few photos I’d like to share with you so don’t worry, I won’t just run black and white print here. Somewhat, I’d like to focus on the connections between the religious or spiritual elements (terms which I sometimes feel have very little to do with each other); factors which so closely shadow these elections, perhaps more now in 2008 than ever before.  Here is an article from the well-known Catholic magazine Commonweal and I have posted an excerpt from the article.  Glean what you may from it but the author, William J. Gould has something important to say in: Why the election can’t be reduced to one issue – and that issue being abortion.

(Douglas Kmiec, former legal counsel for Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, ) “Kmiec has also rightly noted a tendency among many in the prolife movement to ascribe excessive importance to the results of elections, including this one. This has long been my impression of the prolife movement. Having reduced everything to the issue of abortion, they tend to attach excessive (I almost wrote utopian) hopes and expectations to the outcomes of elections. In this year’s campaign, they appear to believe that everything hinges on electing John McCain, who will appoint prolife justices who will in turn overturn Roe v. Wade.   There are serious problems with that approach. To begin with, it mistakenly treats this election as though it were a referendum on abortion. It is not. Voters are not being asked to vote directly up or down on whether we support legalized abortion…”

The photo above is a peak peek through the autumn leaves in Glacier.  I should know the name of this mountain but right now it escapes me.  There is a small waterfall through the trees if you can spot it.

October forest friends

Taken yesterday at the Bison Range while on a walk.  Click on all these for a larger view, please.

A Jay at the Avalanche picnic area in Glacier Park. He was very willing to pose for a photo as long as Matthew kept feeding him little bits of bran muffin. That’s not exactly what one is supposed to do but, ahem – a photo is a photo and it’s healthy food, right?

This doe was taking a morning nap when we went back to the campground at Apgar for a snack and a hot cup of cocoa. She actually had a companion behind her upper right, lying next to a large downed tree but I didn’t see that one until much later and that deer is well hidden in this shot. She didn’t seem that disturbed by us rustling around boiling our water and such. Matt talked her into having her photo taken.

Now, you’ll have to conjure up this image from your vivid imaginations.   This is the waterfall at the Loop Trail.  The bridge we stood on to get this photo was burned and now completely rebuilt. The trees behind were taken in the 2003 fire as well.   I am seeing water faeries here. What do you see?

Today's Flowers ~ wild ones

We found these still blooming in plenty by a little stream the other day while we were out biking.  I’m not sure what they are but there were many large plants growing very close to the stream.  I have misplaced my wildflower book, so I’ll need to find it.   I’ve seen the dried blossoms too and they are very similar to a kind of straw flower shops use for arrangements.  Any ideas about what this is?

Update: thanks to several smart people who identified this as Common Tansy.