Saturday, August 30, 2014

The Kolden Report: Catfish and rainbows, final installment.

     Hello, kids!

Here is the final installment of this trip.  Enjoy!

Brave and inquisitive.

Thistle bliss.

Cacti color.

The BIG picture.

Love the progression from gull in the  grass to clover to badlands. 


The many colors of Nelson.

The big picture.  (Family reunion on the right.)

Nothing but Nelson. 

The skies are always superb, in Montana.

Purple bells.

Bloom in progress.

Fly - over.

If you are driving a small car, watch for holes!  This one could get you stuck.

Fox tail finery.

Muskrat love.  (Seen from the canoe.)

Teetering in the wind. 

Another fly-over!



Surreal sunset.

Decorated soldier.  (On a dart tip).

It's a clover year!

The big picture.

HERE is why all the flyovers were occurring.  Sparrows were changing "watch" on the nest at regular intervals.  I wondered:  Was it a family taking turns sitting on eggs or a community of sparrows? 

This unorthodox boat trailer was seen coming toward the dock. 

And yes, the boat owner was likely singing, "You picked a fine time to leave me loose wheel!"

But no matter, the boat was being launched!  A northern pike tournament was underway and this fella needed to FISH!

Launching was not as easy at one might think....

But they got the job done!

Turn out the lights, the party's over...

Up next:  Art in the Country!

"Patience is not simply the ability to wait - it's how we behave while waiting." -  Joyce Meyer


Friday, August 22, 2014

The Kolden Report: Catfish and rainbows, part two.

Hello, kids!

Swim low..

Heavy rainfall had caused flooding overnight.  Flooding is the "catfish dinner bell" it seems!

The water had so much suspended silt, it seemed like soil....not water. 

And, it reflected the sky beautifully!

JUST under the surface of the water, looks like a silt.  Bet one could NOT walk on it, even if it appears so.

Dragging the tip of my pole in the water, stirs up the silt.  Here, shadow silt.

  The log is actually floating but appears lodged in the "soil"  (Silt.)

And the catfish were biting!

Fox tail frenzy.

Water or glass?

Strange line of demarcation, in the water.  Perhaps it's where we passed in the boat?

And the line is not visible here.  Just a very serene placid setting. 

Floating on by.

Coming in for a landing.

Molting madness.  (Family of Canada geese evading the boat.)


Grandfather and grandson. 

Working pump jack at Nelson Recreation Area, Fort Peck Lake, Montana.  (Surrounded by a bit of clover.)

Perfect end to a perfect day!

 Up next:  Another day in paradise. 
"If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet a success unexpected in common hours."  - Henry David Thoreau


Thursday, August 21, 2014

The Kolden Report: Catfish and Rainbows, part one.

Hello, kids!

We were fortunate enough to spend some days at Fort Peck Lake.  Enjoy!

Whatcha' lookin' at?

Prairie posies.


With the rain, comes rainbows.

Horseshoe bliss.

Eye contact.

Montana skies.

A bad day fishing is better than a good day at work.  (Who said that, anyway?)

Family reunion, Montana style.

Think it's gonna rain?

Let their be rainbows!

Stellar skies.

Campfire glow.

Nelson Recreation Area.

Home, sweet home.

Wave action.

Let's go FISHING!

Cloud trails.

Mid air.

Reflected.  (See the gray, dead bushes along the shoreline? Happily, much of the salt cedar that populated the shoreline died off after being submerged during high water levels.) 

Up next:  Flood water!

"Do all the good you can,
By all the means you can,
In all the ways you can,
In all the places you can,
At all the times you can,
To all the people you can,
As long as you ever can."  - John Wesley