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A BIT OF GRATITUDE

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3001.  Daisy’s along the road as driving to work.

3002.  J’s dedication to karate.

3003.  Delicious cherries.

3005.  Good advise from Steve and Daniel re: fasting

3007.  Sunshine as part of the weather after days of rain.

3008.  Including our teenage kids on a walk with my friend.

3011.  Successful solo hike in Yellowstone.

3017.  Hearing J’s innocent giggle

3022.  Easy access to Cottonwood Canyon for hiking.

 

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3024.  Good nectarines

3035.  J playing cajon with Paul and friends while Andy and I swung on the swing in the evening dark.

3038.  Encouragement for J from his cousin James.

3043.  Wisdom from the book Wild Thing and constant opportunities to apply it

3047.  Full moon rise over Lake Tahoe

3051.  Being home after a week away

3056.  Walking and talking and sharing life with Denise

3060.  Gordie Hooper’s love and care for Andy

3061.  New camera lenses

3067.  Watching Garrett play bass in church worship group with such engaging enthusiasm

3070.  Time with Beau as a guest in our home.

 

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3072.  Meat from Daniel W. that is delicious and in sufficient quantity to share with our guests

3074.  Flowers shared by Eva

3077.  J did a pull-up

3079.  Completing a 26 mile walk in one day after lots of training.

3085.  J finding his I-pod after thinking it was lost.

3086.  Hiking with the Anderson girls

3089.  Touching base with HOlly

3090.  J”s friendship with Nick

3096.  Grain harvest happening on surrounding properties.

3097.  J settling into school

3102.  Catching some evening photos.

 

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3104.  Susan and Sarg are physically safe.

3105.  Friendship with Eva

3106.  Found lost keys in the dark.

3107.  JW’s quick recovery after face scraping fall.

3108.  Shooting photos at football game with J.

3109.  Warm weekend weather

3110.  Harvest activities all around the community.

3111.  Walking  with Denise

3112.  LH’s faith shining through during a tough time

3113.  J’s willingness to talk especially when driving

 

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3114.  Reliability of our 17-year-old  truck

3115.  Kids independence at the mounted shooting event.

3116.  Encouraging words from Denise.

3117.  Comment from Aunt Susan on this blog.

3118.  Susan and Sarg’s home and property safe from nearby fire.

3119.  Beauty of frost on the hollyhocks

3120.  Good newsletter from Samaritan’s Purse

3121.  Beautiful photo on Instagram of little Liana

3122.  Quiet Saturday afternoon at home alone.

 

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3123.  J chosing Christmas music to do his chores to  – in September

3124.  Lots accomplished in tackling the mounting clutter – seeing surfaces that have been covered for weeks!

3125.  Andy’s desire to do models in craft room – means more time together

3126.  Good photos of JW to work with despite scraped up face from fall during photo session

3127.  Bumper crop of apples and apple sauce in the making on the stove.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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WE ARE GETTING FROST

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LATE SUMMER 2014

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It is getting to be late summer here in Montana – and probably lots of other places too.  Hollyhocks are always a good sign that August is well on its way to being over.

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You also might have a hint of late summer based on the fact that I posted no less than two photos of snow on them thar’ hills in the last week.

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The Back-to-School photos might have been another hint too.

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Well, the trend is continuing.  This morning the weather man told us to enjoy today because for the next six days (yes, just one day shy of a full week) we are going to “enjoy” temperatures at about 20 degrees cooler than normal for this time of year.

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Hey folks, that means there is a real possibility of frost on the ground and more of that snow in the mountains.  And if it rains, hopefully enough sunshine to bring us another one (or two or three) of these:

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THE BEATEN PATH – 26 MILES IN 14 HOURS

sm-3852The Beaten Path is a well used path from Cook City Montana (North East corner of Yellowstone) to East Rosebud Lake Montana through the Beartooth Mountains and the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness.  It is usually backpacked in a couple or three days.  But we felt up to the challenge of doing the whole thing in one day.

We got to the trail head at 6:20 a.m., took a few photos and started walking.  It was barely light outside.

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And above 8000 feet the wild flowers were still blooming on August 16th.

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Sometimes it was hard to tell where the lake ended and the river began.

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Sometimes I was ahead of others . . .

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And sometimes I brought up the rear.

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It was 10 miles up to the highest pass – where we had lunch at a little after noon.  Only 16 miles to go!

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There was snow way up there at 10,000 feet.

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One of us may have learned that snow in August is not particularly soft to plop down into, but a snow angel was made regardless of the hard landing.

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We ran into two of the ladies’ husbands who were hiking the whole thing in reverse.  It was a nice little short visit – we didn’t even sit down.  They still were headed up and we were about a mile into our downward trek.

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Waterfalls were a theme on the 16 mile down hill section – I lost count, but I bet it was more than a dozen waterfalls, some of them so large that I couldn’t fit them into the view of my 50mm lens.  I selected this lens because it was the lightest weight one I have, and mounted on my camera it all fit into my fanny pack worn turned to the front for easy access.

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Along with the waterfalls, the views on the down hill section continued to be breath-taking.  If we had more time I’m sure each of us would have jumped in a lake and/or river, and would have just sat on a rock and contemplated the beauty of God’s creation as it was being revealed to us.  But we were trying to be done by dark (which we were, but just barely).

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The last 4 or 5 miles were pretty rocky on the down hill, and it was a bear to deal with as by that time the knees were hurting pretty bad.  Nothing 800 mg of ibuprofen couldn’t address, but the going was slow as the trail was steep (lots of stair-step type trail with uneven landings and rocks galore!)  With about 2 miles of this left my Andy met us on the trail.sm-4091

By the time we finished the sun was gone from the canon, but the peaks were still glowing.

When we were all done Andy had ice cream sandwiches waiting for us kept frozen with dry ice, and then he took us all out to a famous burger place called the Grizzly Bar in Roscoe Montana.  It was delicious.

Amazingly, not as sore as I expected the next day, and by 48 hours later, not sore at all.  Those knees recover quicker than I think they will.

So, this hike was the reason I hiked and hiked and hiked all summer long – I was in training.  Now just back to daily walks, and the 4 – 5 miles seems like such a small endeavor now.

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JUNE AND JULY PHOTOS – SO FAR BEHIND!

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GRATITUDE – 3000!

It took three years plus a little, but I’m at 3000 items on my gratitude list.  What a blessing the list has been!  A chance to showcase God’s work in the little details of my life and to remind myself to give credit where credit is due.  So, at the risk of being redundant, Thank You God!IMG_3044sm2961.  S able to help J out in a bind

2962.  Turning a disappointment into a chance to problem solve and remember strengths

2963.  Lunch with Andy at Sola

2964.  Unique flowers at fusion to photograph

2965.  Client who is grateful

2966.  Color for June is purple at 2 peas photo challenge

2967.  Pat’s kind comment about my lilac photo

2968.  Getting a blog posted two days in a row

IMG_3045sm2969.  Positive feedback spontaneously given for a project I did when the person didn’t know it was my project.

2970.  Bambi Cantrell video on-line – so educational and free!

2971.  Living close to camping opportunities

2972.  Walking up Yonder Road

2973.  Lupine beginning to bloom at Spire Rock camp ground

2974.  Feeling strong after walking 11 miles.

2975.  Figuring out karate tournament registration

2976.  J safely off to Washington DC

IMG_3050sm2977.  Friendly chat with our neighbor

2978.  Good long walk with Denise

2979.  Views five miles up Cottonwood Canyon

2980.  J seems to be doing well on trip

2981.  Getting a model opportunity set-up

2982.  Walking before the rain hit in the morning

2983.  Many opportunities to view wild flowers this spring/summer

2984.  J remembered to call Andy on Father’s Day

2985.  Inspiring photography website

IMG_3072sm2986.  Rain for all the local crops after a dry May

2987.  Tank able to run with Andy again

2988.  Able to walk at the mall on a rainy day – still getting the walk in and not getting all wet

2989.  Satisfaction with the result of the Kirby family photos

2990.  Yummy pork chop dinner cooked the way my mom did them

2991.  Getting through a “To Do List” relatively early in the day

2992.  Bright green of different shades on the shrubs all around our office building

2993.  Reliable friends for J in both S and N.

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2995.  Drops of water shinning on all the leaves after a spring rain

2996.  Arnika and Arrison playfully chasing each other around the house

2997.  Getting the bank and quicken to communicate over the internet for hope of easier bookkeeping work

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2998.  Interesting rows and rows of low hanging clouds over the fields on Gooch Hill

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3000.  Getting to 3000 and the consistent uplifting feeling that comes from keeping this list.

 

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WEEKEND RECAP

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J is out-of-town – on a trip to the East Coast with a group from his school, so Andy and I were alone (except for Paul, who lives in the basement).  Anyway, part of my training for a big hike in August is to do long hikes on Saturdays.  This week was scheduled for a 12 miler, so Andy joined me.  It was very fun!

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We actually joined up with some friends by accident – the wife of that couple is doing the same training I am, but we thought they were going at the crack of dawn, so when we saw their car at the trailhead around 9 a.m. we assumed we’d see them hiking down while we were still on our way up.  So we had some company almost the whole way because we saw them just past a mile into the hike (we caught up with them, which suggests we were at a faster pace? Oh wait, it’s not a competition).

These two photos were taken about five miles in.  If you look closely you will see a dog (our friends’) chasing an elk at the edge of the meadow.  But the view in that meadow was just breath-taking! 

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J comes home on Tuesday (late) and we can’t wait.  It is a busy week at the office, but I hope to post some more flower photos. 

Gotta find a real live person willing to model for some photos – got some ideas to try!

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ICELANDIC POPPIES

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The Icelandic poppies thrive around here. 

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They are in my back yard and along the roads.

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They start out so very bright that it is hard to photograph them.

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Then time, the sun, the wind, and the rain bead down on them and they fade into a beautiful paleness.

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New pods are bursting open every morning.

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While old blooms prepare to become bare seed pods.

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I LOVE LUPINE

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BLACK AND WHITE FLOWERS

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We were camping last week near a rushing creek – no fishing in that murky white water.  Up early in the morning  to take some photos and the wild flowers were beautiful.  Just the shapes are so fun to examine – and the black and white allows you to do just that.  Enjoy.

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