Sunday, October 27, 2013

The Kolden Report: Montana Back Roads, Part One, October 27, 2013

Hello, kids!

I'm even slower, than I was... sporting a broken right thumb.  In the battle of digit vs log chain flailed by tractor PTO, digit ALWAYS loses. Fortunately, the hand specialist says I don't need surgery and it could have been oh so much worse.     Safety DOES come first and yes, you should THINK before you act.

Congrats to Uncle Mike who has had his heart successfully reworked.  Here's wishing you a speedy recovery.

For those of you who work where I work, don't forget that Tuesday is our employee auction/bake sale. 

Now, on to the first installment of our annual fall trip.  Enjoy!

Our first stop was to view the elk at Sipary Ann.  It was late and the crowd was thick.  Much of the underbrush had grown up dramatically due to the flooding a few years back and heavy rains prior to our visit.  Instead of shooting the elk in the brush, I shot the spectators!  This fella is sporting a LENS. 

We drove West along the Missouri and camped at the junction of Two Calf.  Sunrise was a winner.

The Missouri River is called "wild and scenic" for a reason.

Prairie pothole, full of Canadian geese.

Sign, sign, everywhere a sign.   (Posts cost money you know....and this one wasn't quite full yet.)

Judith River valley.  (Yes, I know - the road in is steep and slippery.)

Slow ump?  (Imagine how that poor "ump" must feel."

Missile silo.

Nothing like fresh air and sunshine in the biffy. 

The tin on this building appears to have been re-purposed, sort of a jigsaw puzzle on a grand scale.

New?  As opposed to.....

I guess "new" is a matter of opinion. 

Porcelain plate.

The bigger picture.  (Lance, I thought of you the moment I saw this).

Sky blue Jimmy.  (Love this one).

Pretty "Pete".

Why is it that I always see faces in the fronts of vehicles?    This Peterbilt wears a big smile. 

Stay tuned, more to come!

"It is never too late to be what you might have been."  - George Eliot


Sunday, October 13, 2013

The Kolden Report: Trip about the lake, Part four: What goes up, must come down. October 13, 2013

     Hello, kids!

Golden swath.

Sunset sage.

Blinded by the light.

Grasses gathered.


Pink passion.

Then, the next morn...

Sun streams.

Red rising.

Ahhhhhhhhh  moment.

Dark and lovely.

Ravishing in red.

Golden glow.

Great grain.

Coyote calling.

Shy guy.

Full frontal face off. 

Prairie bonsai. 

Mule deer moment.

Mouse molars.


"The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing."-  Socrates.

Friday, October 11, 2013

The Kolden Report: A Trip about the lake, Part three. Birds and Blooms, October 11, 2013

Hello, kids!

I see that I mixed up the captions on the images at the end of the report.  It is a reminder that writing reports at night, it not always the best idea! 

Silky bloom.  (Love the tiny "feeler")


Golden eye.

I spy...

Tall ones.

Room with a view.


Sunflower cacophony.

The big picture.

Wild glory.

Best buds.

"Be faithful to that which exists within yourself."  - Andre Gide


Thursday, October 10, 2013

The Kolden Report: A Trip about the lake. Part two: Who's in the outhouse? 10-10-13

Hello, kids!

Since I have failed to warn about the presence of "scary" things in previous reports, I am going to WARN you, now.

If you have a strong aversion to snakes, please DELETE this email.  READ NO FURTHER. 

If you find snakes interesting, then continue on.

We had noticed signs pasted on the doors of out houses along Fort Peck Lake.

I found it so odd!    Until...I spotted this tiny tail under the door.

This beneficial beauty came "toddling" by, in a way that only snakes can.

Following the rules.

Smart snake, keeping a low profile.

Scary corner!


Taste as you go.

Is that snake smiling?

Sad face.

That is SOME tongue!

Looking tough.

I decided that I had held up this little snake long enough and walked away, hoping that others would do the same.  Like my Gramma Thale always said, "Look, but don't touch"! 


"Live and let live" - Paul McCartney