More Montana Musings

I hear the train a comin’ It’s rollin’ ’round the bend, And I ain’t seen the sunshine, Since, I don’t know when…” Sitting hear listening to another train. There must be at least a dozen mile-long trains passing by every day. Never just sat “at home” to hear all of the passing trains before. I mean, Mountain Colors is up here! 😎 These rumbling trains are loaded with Montana and Wyoming coal on their way to the Pacific Northwest to be shipped to Asia.  There is a huge brouhaha over this.  I didn’t have any idea! Back in the day when the tobacco use in the US started dropping rapidly, they look at oversea’s markets, guess today’s coal is like yesterday’s tobacco. 😎 Anyway……

Decided it was time for a walk. Such a beautiful, sunny day. Let’s see what critters I can see today. First there is my favorite animal Homo sapiens. My 90 year old mom! She’s feeling so much better since her surgery. In February, I purchased the Amalie’s Log Cabin quilt pattern for mom. Mom told me she wanted to do the pattern in green, this was after I had already cut out blue and brown for her, so I cut out green strips and squares at home and brought up. Now that she’s feeling better she is working on the quilt for me.  Perfect 90 year old role model – you’re never too old to be creative! And yes, I’m cracking the whip and making her work while I go off on a nice walk.

This is a look at all of the critters I saw on my walk, using my point-and-click type camera:

The Robin would follow me all around the yard. I’d sit outside in the afternoon to cool off and he would greet me. He’d fly and land in different spots around me.  Then he’d start a conversation. He really was quite a talker.

For a couple of days now, I’ve seen deer in the lot down the street. Every time I try to take a picture they lope out of sight. Today, I turned onto the main road as two deer were running up the road.  Look closely and you can see them. Small little dots!


I love these sheep! They were watching me walk by.  When I got the camera ready, they had looked away. Reminded me of walking into a pre-school classroom when all the little heads turn your way.  This sheep herd is raised in order to train sheep dogs.  They train dogs from all over the world.  Herding competitions are held yearly at this farm.  The sheep breeds are Barbados, Mouflon and a intermix of the two. I wanted to climb over the fence and grab some fleece! If you look closely at the right hand picture, you can see one of the Magpies that kept tormenting me on the walk.

Was getting very annoyed at the Black-billed Magpie! Every time I’d focus the camera on them, they’d thumb their noses and fly off!  I caught this one unaware!

  Amazed that I could actually capture an image of a Purple Copper Butterfly! I’ve tried different times with my “good” camera and haven’t had one land.

Cabbage Butterfly. Kept chasing after a number of them.  This one finally landed!





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