Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Yellowstone River at Forsyth

 Last Saturday (May 21st) Aisling and I took a drive over to Forsyth to see the "flooding". I posted some pictures of it the other day. The above picture is one I took from the north side of the Yellowstone looking over at the west boatdock. At the time, the water was just encroaching on the parking area above the boatdock, (it's in about the center of the picture).
Below is an arial picture that was posted on the Rosebud County Search and Rescue Facebook page of basically the same area only 2 days later.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

A New Guest

This guy showed up with a friend this week.
The two of them would never pose together for me.
He is a Black-Headed Grosbeak.
According to the books he is indigenous to this area, but I've not seen them around here before.
The book says that they are quite tame and sometimes will take food from your hand.
That would be fun!!

Montana Flooding 2011

 Today Aisling and I went for a drive to take pictures of the flooding between here and Forsyth. These pictures were all taken between here and the freeway. (about 20 miles)

This picture and the one below were taken of the same place.
The above one was taken May 21st and the bottom one was taken May 7th.

 The above picture was taken near Armells Creek.
Armells Creek is usually just a tiny little creek with pasture on either side.
 Water rushing from one of the fields. Will it be over the road by morning? Perhaps.
It is still raining.....

This is the water as it crosses West Armells Creek. I believe it has closed the road.
If it hasn't those of good judgement should avoid it anyway...

Saturday, May 21, 2011

ARMED FORCES DAY~~ May 21st 2011

President Harry S. Truman led the effort to establish a single holiday for citizens to come together and thank our military members for their patriotic service in support of our country.
On August 31, 1949, Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of an Armed Forces Day to replace separate Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force Days. The single-day celebration stemmed from the unification of the Armed Forces under one department -- the Department of Defense
My niece Carmen posted on her blog about today being Armed Forces Day. I didn't know that it was today. I wish I could fly my flag to honor those wonderful men and women, but it is raining buckets here. So, here is where I will fly my flag today. I am so grateful for all that these men, women and their brave families do and have given so that I can sit here complacently doing as I wish. Worshipping, speaking, thinking as I wish. Going out target practicing if I wish and on and on.
We are particularly thankful and proud of our own family members who have served or are serving. THANK YOU!!

Here is a little more information from Wikipedia.
"In the United States, Armed Forces Day is celebrated on the third Saturday in May. It falls near the end of Armed Forces Week, which begins on the second Saturday of May and ends on the third Sunday of May.[15]
The day was created in 1949 to honor Americans serving in the five U.S. military branches – the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard – following the consolidation of the military services in the Department of Defense. It was intended to replace the separate Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard Days, but the separate days are still observed, especially within the respective services.[16]
The first Armed Forces Day was celebrated by parades, open houses, receptions and air shows. In 1962, President Kennedy established Armed Forces Day as an official holiday. The United States' longest running city-sponsored Armed Forces Day Parade is held in Bremerton, Washington. In 2009, Bremerton celebrated the 61st Armed Forces Day Parade([17]).
Because of their unique training schedules, National Guard and Reserve units may celebrate Armed Forces Day/Week over any period in May."

Monday, May 9, 2011

Visual Words of Wisdom Challenge

I am participating in a new photo challenge for the month of May. This one has quotes that you then have to take a picture to go with. The picture must be taken by me in the month of May. This one will be tougher, but fun!! I'm looking forward to it!! Lucky for me they don't have to be in any specific order... YEAH!!
#10 “I took the road less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” Robert Frost

This looks to me so much like someone back in the 1800's had to make a choice, and they chose to quit moving west right here.
  1. “When you walk to the edge of all the light you have and take that first step into the darkness of the unknown, you must believe that one of two things will happen. There will be something solid for you to stand upon or you will be taught to fly.” Patrick Overton
  2. “Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.” Scott Adams
  3. “Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.” Buddha.
  4. “Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” Mark Twain
  5. “Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Just walk beside me and be my friend.” Albert Camus
  6. “The difference between friends and pets is that friends we allow into our company, pets we allow into our solitude.” Robert Brault
  7. “Within you there is a stillness and a sanctuary to which you can retreat at any time and be yourself.” Hermann Hesse
  8. “When you photograph people in colour you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in B&W, you photograph their souls!” Ted Grant
  9. “Obstacles are things a person sees when he takes his eyes off his goal.” E. Joseph Cossman
  10. “I took the road less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” Robert Frost
  11. “They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel.” Carl W. Buechner


    Last week my cousins, Dave and Viv were here. We went for several drives. I had a goal of taking some nice pictures for my niece of colts. Of course this would be the one time I wouldn't see many colts and mostly the ones I did see were not where I could take pictures of them.
    Regardless, these postings are dedicated to Carmen's "Little Lady" and her brothers and sister.