Saturday, April 28, 2007

More Photos from the Homeland

As always, we took time out of our busy day to take an adventure. What follows are photos from that trip. I hope you enjoy them.

Let the adventure begin!

I love the colors in this one.

Shasta loves our walks.

I just liked this one, and since it's my blog...I post what I like. pttttthhhhh (ha!)

Evidence of the last storm to hit the area.

I really love the colors in this one. This is the super-secret spot.

Pretty country, don't you think?

Reminds me of moguls, the kind you ski over. I have no idea what caused this, but they sure are fun to walk on.

I love the prairie

For Laura: the area was bunny paradise.

For Cathy, Pam, KG, and all you bird lovers: there is a Magpie in the middle of this photo. I know it's hard to see...

Two Sandhill Cranes (I think--correct me if I'm wrong).

Close-up of Cranes. (Boss, the crane, the crane)

A lone Sandhill...

Was it something I said?

And of course no adventure would be complete without taking Shasta somewhere for a swim.

Finally a moon picture, which didn't turn out very well, but I'll leave you with it anyway.


Mary said...

I think you really needed this. Your camera served you well, Laurie. Wow.

I'd give my eye teeth to see a magpie and mountains.

Just Gorgeous. There is nothing sweeter and going on an adventure with a dog. Shasta is lovely.

KC said...

This is just gorgeous! I can smell the clean air. I haven't seen landscapes like those in a long time, sadly.

Cathy said...

That's a sweet picture of your dad. I'll bet he's so glad to have you there.

Some of that scenery just doesn't look real.

Did Shasta flush the Magpie as you were tripping the shutter? I can't see the danged bird. Guess I'll have to magnify it cause I KNOW you wouldn't kid me :oD

I'm so glad you're out there in the breeze, listening to tumbling water.

Cathy said...

OK - I see it! This computer technology is so great. Oh! the Cranes are way cool.

KGMom said...

Lovely lovely country. You can just see the peace and calm that can't help but flow into you!
Shasta looks like one happy dog.

KGMom said...

I think I like the photo of your whole face--but I must admit the bunny butt is cute.
Maybe you can just keep changing so we never know.

Laurie said...

Mary, Shasta is a sweetheart and so much fun to take along. Actually I think she takes us. I'm glad you enjoyed the photos. I'll have more up soon from today's adventure.

KC, you need to come to Montana and visit. I could show you some great places!

Cathy, he has been pretty generous with his hugs this trip, even more so than usual. :)

So they are cranes? I thought so, but wasn't positive.

KG, I am revitalized, for sure.

I might do that, keep changing my avatar. It's kind of fun!

NatureWoman said...

Wow, these photos are beautiful Laurie! I'm assuming that's your Dad? He looks so happy!! Hug him tight!!

MsLittlePea said...

Awesome! I loved that moon picture what a BEAUTIFUL place. I can almost smell the fresh air and grass. I'd love to roll down all those hills. I've never seen a magpie before. I wanted pinch that bunny on the butt.

jen said...

i just showed these to M. she was all Oh The Birds! the Bunny!

and asked if she could type something, so here it is:


the end

Anvilcloud said...

No shortage of great geography there.

Dave said...

This is truly beautiful. A big desire of mine has always been to visit your state. Thank you for giving me a glimpse into your world.
Prayers are going out to your and your family.

Laurie said...

Naturewoman, I am hugging him extra tight and giving him a few hugs just from you. And here's a hug he asked me to give to you (((**HUG*))). Hang in there, Pam. I know it's a very tough time for you. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

LIttlepea, it is beautiful. You would love it here. You should bring hubster and visit. You can roll down those hills to your hearts content! I will take you all on a guided tour, although knowing my directional impairment, it might end up being a misguided tour.

Jen, I feel honored to have M's comment on my blog. And yours too of course. I'll post more animal pictures later today or maybe tomorrow. Hi M!!!

Laurie said...

AC, hopefully, I'll be able to tour and photograph this whole area this summer. I am also hoping to take in Yellowstone Park in July if all goes well.

But I may end up back in Colorado for awhile if things don't improve for Dale.

I'm glad you enjoyed the photos.

Dave, I hope you are able to visit our fair state someday. It really is gorgeous. And thanks for the prayers. Things aren't going well in Colorado right now and they are greatly appreciated.

thailandchani said...

I'm seriously thinking Montana might be a good place for me to wait out some time before going to TH.

How's the cost of living there? LOL

Beautiful pictures, as always.



Within Without said...

Breathtaking photos, Laurie...the hills and valleys and mountains and Prairie...

Looks beautiful. And I think you're right, those are sandhills...gorgeous birds.


Laurie said...

Chani, I am sure the cost of living here is much lower than California. And it is a wonderful state. If you are really considering it, email me and I'll give you some websites to check out.

WW, I'm glad you like the pictures. The mountains are really beautiful, but then so is the prairie.

You should come visit sometime. :-)

Gawpo said...

Oh! My! GAWD, Magnum!!!! I am in picture heaven here, Laurie. Wowzers. I wish we could click on them to make them bigger. That magpie was the first thing I saw in the picture. Did you know that I grew up with the San Joaquin Valley specie which has yellow feet and a yellow bill. Yours has black. Check it out sometime.

Laurie said...

Gawpo, I'll put them on my Flickr site sometime soon and then you can click on them to enlarge.

I'm not sure why blogger won't let me load them that way. If anyone knows, send me an email or leave a comment.

I did not know that about Magpies. I'll look them up.


Homo Escapeons said...

Oh give me a home...

I can envision the Tyrannosaurus Rex that once terrorized your neighbourhood 64 million years ago.

What is it about mountains in the background that 'complete' a vista and make it picture perfect?
I wish we had mountains..I don't like driving on them but I love the look of them.

I would love to sit there for a couple of hours and throw sticks for shasta to retrieve.

btw Do your mountains cut into your Sunset..I noticed that in Calgary it goes from afternoon to night in about 15 minutes and the temperature drops like a we get sunsets that take forever and gently usher in warm summer nights.

btw: Who turned the lovely avatar lady into the south end of a north bound rabbit?

Laurie said...

HE, you are right, sunsets are pretty hurried affairs in the mountains. I live on the prairie most of the time and there is a very noticeable difference.

About the avatar...I felt a bit uncomfortable showing myself to the world, I guess I'm just not ready for that yet. Besides, I think my little bunny bum is cute. :)

Squirl said...

You got great pictures of those sandhill cranes. I got to see one flying today. And your moon picture is way better than any that I get.

Laurie said...

Squirl, I had to pre-focus about 20 times before I got a decent photo of the moon. Sandhills are pretty plentiful around here lately. I love watching them.

Bonita said...

That country is gorgeous. Still, so much snow in the high country...

Gina said...

I have bunnies that look exactly like that around my house!

Great pics!

NatureWoman said...

OMG Laurie, please tell your Dad thank you so much for his hug. I miss my Dad's hugs so much it isn't even funny. He was such a teddy bear.

Laurie said...

Bonita, there was a big storm last week, so that accounts for some of it. :)

Gina, I just love them. Glad you enjoyed the pics.

Naturewoman, my dad is too. I'm so sorry for your loss. So, so, so sorry.

LauraHinNJ said...

Gosh it's beautiful there! And if there's bunnies too, well, it must be perfect!

I think I could stare for hours at the mountains. Your secret spot looks very inviting.