Monday, October 30, 2006
Sunday, October 29, 2006
Friday, October 27, 2006
Wednesday, October 25, 2006
Somewhere between Browning and the park
My good friend and partner in crime for this trip, Shauna
I think these are the coolest trees in the world. They look like pine trees, but their needles turn yellow and fall off. They are a Larch or Tamarack tree. They are a deciduous conifer. You can see a better picture here.
Sunday, October 22, 2006
One of our tasks was to help Cousin Danny hook onto a tree across the river and bring it over to his property to cut up for firewood. The tree was dead and dislodged from the earth, but hadn't fallen into the water because it was hung up on the live tree next to it. The plan was to have Danny cast a fishing line across to my brother, Mike, on the other shore. Mike would then hook a rope to the dead tree, tie the fishing line to it and Danny would reel the line in, bringing back the rope. The rope would then be affixed to the bumper of Dan’s vehicle and he would drive forward, bringing the tree with him across the river and onto our shore. Sounds simple enough, doesn’t it?
I was late getting to the rendezvous point and by the time I arrived, the Norwegian boys had determined that the original plan wasn’t going to work. The fishing line broke as it was being reeled in and the rope went into the water. I joined the ensuing brainstorming session and we came up with several plans, none of which worked at all well; although I imagine they were quite humorous to watch. If I hadn’t been so involved in our attempts to put the plans into action, I would have taken pictures. I could have used them for blackmail purposes later on.
Suffice it to say, by the time we figured out that we weren’t going to succeed, both my brother and I were soaked to the waist and things were looking quite bleak. Cousin Danny said he thought stronger fishing line would work and I set off in my car to locate 20# test line. There was none to be had in the town of Absarokee so I drove off to Ole’s Corner Convenience Store (yes, I am not making this up) outside of town and located some 12# test.
Back to the river I went and yes, we did, against all odds, succeed in getting the rope across the water, the tree dislodged from its neighbor and across to the other side without any loss of life or limb (ha-ha).
The tree is at the shore
but the branches caught on the rocks
so of course, they had to go.
And finally, success.
Wednesday, October 18, 2006
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
Wednesday, October 11, 2006
Monday, October 09, 2006
This is my son and best friend in the universe!
The fall colors were beautiful.
My son never could pass a rock without wanting to climb it.
The trees were all really heavy with pine cones. My son calls this picture "The Over-achiever".
I like the fall colors in this one, though my hand wasn't very steady while I was taking it.
I've got a "thing" for dead trees lately.
Sunday, October 08, 2006
This was taken on the lower Stillwater River Road.
For those of you familiar with the Stillwater River Road, the pictures above and below were taken near where the pavement ends and the gravel begins.
The bridge to nowhere
This propane tank was one of dozens that exploded during the fire. The house it serviced burned to the ground.
The fire burned over 1/3 of Stillwater County.
What a tragedy. Most of this could have been prevented if they had been able fight the fire in the beginning. Unfortunately, all of the available resources were being used to fight the Emerald Hills fire in Billings.