Wednesday, January 23, 2013

The Kolden Report: Freeze Up! January 22, 2013

Hi, kids!
Happy 60th anniversary to my parents on the 25th!  
And now, the report...

Sparkle and shine.

Froze up ROUGH!

The river doesn't always freeze up this rough.  I was reminiscing, thinking of Slatts Lowe moving houses across the river ice in  winter, "back in the day".  He'd have been very unhappy to see ice like this.

Frosted flakes.

Shoreline skier. 

Ice jam.  Still a bit of open water but we could see that the ice jam was growing by the minute.

At our place, a skating rink!  (Smooth but thin....)

And some open water...

Ice on the move.
Beautiful blue and oh so cold.

The sound created by ice crunching and grinding as it jockeyed for position, was phenomenal!

Rising waters froze smoothly, along the shore.

Mirrored river. 

Shoreline view.  Just a thin trail of open water was visible.  And the ice kept coming, pushing and shifting, closing the open water.


Upriver, a skating rink of thin ice.

Where ice meets shore. 

Willow color.

Flaked foliage.

Branch bliss.

Frost flake fan.  I LOVE this one...the huge, paperish flakes are fascinating.  I want to see them even CLOSER.

Carpet of glitter.

Frost flake explosion.

Moody sky.

Fabulous flakes.

Monochromatic world.

FAT frost flakes.

Congress of blackbirds. 

Twisting in the wind. 

Fascinated by the flakes.

Riverside panorama.

Big Sky night.

Montana in the morning.  (Glendive bound)

BIG sky country.

Wide angle sky.

Standing stately.

GOOD winter roads.

Gran-daddy!   (Bell Street Bridge, Glendive, Montana)

This bridge is open to the public for walking/running and is well used, even in winter.
Bell Street Vista.

Froze up rough, II.  (Yellowstone River)

Mulie Crew.
Change your thoughts and you change your world.  - Norman Vincent Peale

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

The Kolden Report: And a badger runs through it. January 8th, 2013

Hi, kids!
Happy 2013 to you all! 
When in Glendive, stop at The Gallery.  The Gallery is located at 109 N Merrill Ave and is open Monday through Friday from 12-4pm and special hours by appointment.  For an appointment, call (406) 377-6508 or visit the website at 
The Gallery has an eclectic assortment of arts and crafts, perfect for gifting and is located near the historic and accessible Bell Street bridge across the Yellowstone River.  If you get to Glendive, stop and shop. 
Now, on to the report!

Saddle back shack.

Junk is beautiful!

Still standing.

Shingle shadows.


Big valley.

What lies beyond.

Knot hole. 

Room with a "view"!

Mouse house?

"Eye" on the prairie.

Eastern view.

"Winter" wheat.
Feast for geese.

Road less traveled.

The color of money series II, # 3

The color of money series II, # 14

The color of money series II, # 15

The color of money series II, # 20

Flock flight.  ( I am continually amazed at the joy exhibited by these tiny birds as they swoop and dip in the bitter cold...)
Winding windrow.

Watch and wait.
Shot to hell.  (Might hunters, huh.....)

Tall grass prairie.

School house "rock".

Listing lumber.
Blazing badger.

Pause for the cause.

Eye to eye.

Fabulous fur.

Slinking away.

Frosted whiskers.

Winter fun!

Tangle in tan.

Distortion.  (Panoramic view of the Missouri River Bridge)
Full circle.  (Panorama unit train at Macon)
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen, or even touched - they must be felt with the heart. - Helen Keller