07 November 2018

Poured Out Autumn Palette - Missoula, Montana

“One should be a painter.
As a writer, I feel the beauty,
 which is almost entirely colour,
 very subtle, very changeable,
 running over my pen,
 as if you poured a large jug of champagne over a hairpin.”

  from The Letters of Virginia Woolf: Volume Six, 1936-1941

06 November 2018

05 November 2018

Daily Dose: Joy - Missoula, Montana

“Don't postpone joy until you have learned all of your lessons. 
Joy is your lesson. 
  - Alan Cohen

And joy is so often found in the simple, small things of life - including the perfect light of a storm-sky morning that causes snowberries to almost glow against the backdrop of Mount Jumbo.

01 November 2018

World In (Fall) Colour - Missoula, Montana

The last sentence of this (rather chemically adventurous) scientist's quote was, for me, a rather striking reminder of another way we are set apart from amongst all other life on this earth to receive such unmerited care and graciousness:

“Outside is pure energy and colorless substance. 
All of the rest happens through the mechanism of our senses. 
Our eyes see just a small fraction of the light in the world. 
It is a trick to make a colored world, which does not exist outside of human beings.” 
- Albert Hofmann (1906-2008)

30 October 2018

M For Missoula - Mount Sentinel, Missoula, Montana

When you stand just below it, Mount Sentinel's "M" really is rather gigantic - I inched back down the trail until it mostly fit in my viewfinder. And you don't fully appreciate the annoyingly arduous trail until you turn through that 11th switchback to arrive at the M (which is not the same as "at the top" - you can go further up and further in, and even explore an old mine cave - hence the trees visible between M and sky!)

29 October 2018

Waterworks Hill, Gilded - Missoula, Montana

Irrepressible sunbeams highlight Waterworks Hill's golden autumn grasses from amidst the hazy, storm-portending blues of a soon-to-be-blustery day. (A very slight - & fleeting! - bout of self-satisfied preening occurs as I discern the higher spine trail of the left hill and realize my rather uncommitted hiking has included a stroll up that ridge...)

26 October 2018

Gorgeous Autumn Gold - Grant Creek, Missoula, Montana

In case I didn't mention this recently, we've been having the best kind of gorgeous autumn, as you can plainly see in this sun-gilded shot of Grant Creek right in the middle of Missoula's industrial north-end segement.