Saturday, July 23, 2011

Sun Just Coming up Over the Trees to the East... Mist Rising off the River...

... and a Loon! Calling from down on the river... It's been so long since I've heard a Loon at sunrise...

*Sunrise over the Clearwater River on the Lolo in Montana*

The scent of the pines is strong here in the early morning... The air fresh and crisp... The sound of that Loon, coming across the soft sounds of the river flowing by our camp in these mountains... Sweet.

Yesterday, mid morning I took a break from Wedding Album building duties and took a walk up a logging road a mile or two above our camp... up toward the Mission Mountains that lay to our west. The road winds up through the foothills leading up into those mountains...

The views of course, are still back toward the sunrise... and the Swan Mountains...

*The Swan Mountains, Montana)

Still finding flowers we've not seen before... I think the big rush of color is past. Things are starting to slow down now... but, for the fella lookin'... there's still plenty to find.



As always, sometimes the prettiest things are the smallest and closest... Not that long view of Far Country...

... Though... I can't ride without either...

Kind of like a Motorcycle and saying you like your back wheel better'n the front...

Lose either one and ya'll ain't gonna git very far!

I sometimes feel like that guy in the 'Home Improvement' Commercial... who points at something and says "That One" and as he points... his hand swerves to something else... and then he spends twenty seconds or so... floppin' all around to different "Things" ... trying to decide...

I'm just like that in these Mountains... Folks ask me on occasion... Had I to choose... where do I like it best?

I'm like that guy in the commercial... I suppose the most accurate answer would have to be... "where ever I'm headed!"

'Cause it's a simple and pure fact, I get uncomfortable where I'm at... in fairly short order. Give me a week, ten days... and I start itchin' to be movin'... So you can imagine what a torture it was to be on the most beautiful of ranches there in Colorado... for ten years! :)

... and then in that fine house we built... for seven...

Sounds ungrateful I know... but... Not really. I'm grateful that I can be Yondering now. Those other places are nice... They're Fine... but... the road and the horizon that call to a drifter... soothe some deep and hidden ache in a way that only a wandering drifter can understand. It's that same old motorcycle saying; "If I have to explain it... you won't understand."

*How many have walked past this lil' stone... without seeing it?*

Walking along we realized that the logging trail was becoming a pretty good strawberry patch... with a string of wild strawberries scattered all along it...


... and they look pretty good don't they? Heidi tried some, and claimed they were sweet... Me? It may sound crazy, but I just didn't have a hunger for berries just then...

... and besides... being lazy... it just didn't seem worth the effort!

*Wild Strawberries*

It's gonna take a loooong walk... and a lot of pickin'... to fill a basket with THESE suckers! :)

But... I had to cut the walk short... down to two and a half hours... cuz I was needful of gettin' my work done. So, it was back to camp and cut some more leather...

*Checking the "Spine" panel of the Leather Album for fit*

The front and back book leaves are put together... The "Spine" parts are assembled and I'll lock 'em down this morning some time...

Then apply the tooled Outer Covers and inner liner panels...

The idea with this design that I laid out... was to come up with a built from scratch, tooled leather photo album...

... That required NO stitching...

My problem here in camp is no stitching machine... and No Stitching horse of sufficient size, to do hand stitching...

This hyar design is all glued...

That in itself can be an issue... if you're the sort that gets in a hurry... Now, Me? Aw, I've Never been accused of Rushing Things! :)

Uh Huh... and the wind don't blow in Wyoming... and the skeeters are all on vacation...

But... anyhoo... if you're gonna glue things... you've got to take your time... and go slow... or you'll have one Gawd Awful mess of a wreck of an album...

Well... gonna go finish my coffee... get my head together... and finish up assembling this latest piece... 'cause we also have to run for propane... and find a bank... again! :)

Listening to the Montana Loons
Brian

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7 comments:

Boonie said...

What a shame that I can't focus on your excellent photography and juicy and fun opinions, because I'm distracted by your odd punctuation: dot dot dot.

Perhaps you think I'm trying to talk you out of your individuality. But what if the shoe were on the other foot; what if YOU were the reader and you were distracted by the writer's eccentric style?

Maybe it's my own fault for succumbing to that, but I doubt that I'm the only one. You have a first class blog and it would be a shame if readers were scared off by that dot dot dot stuff.

Brenda A. said...

Been following you quite awhile now but am piping up for the first time. Had to. Could not let this slide.

Always write in YOUR own style! It's what sets you apart from the rest. I'm not always a big cowboy-speak fan but I would be crazy to let that get in the way of reading some great blogging. And anyone who would be scared off by dot dot dot stuff is way too easily scared IMHO. I personally don't want to read blog after blog all written the same conventional way. Boring! These differences enrich life. :)

Brian said...

Boonie; My punctuation is a classic method, used to set a "pace" to the talkin' and show where a guy makes a pause in his jabberin'. I do hear what you're sayin', and I'm certain sure most English teachers'd agree with you ... I just choose in my muleheaded way, to disagree :)

Brenda; Not to worry. I'm as stubborn 'bout my ways as I've ever been... And that dot dot dot seems to be built into my fingers... Like a few other things :) for better or worse.

Cindy Kingma said...

Hey Brian, I totally agree with your style; I do the same and I understand the pause or reflection used by the type of punctuation it takes. If someone is 'distracted' then they have that as their problem. Glad you are as stubborn as you are. It makes us unique!

Brian said...

hmmm... "Unique" is a more palatable way of sayin' what I am :) Many Thanks... and Boonie, I did fail to say Many thanks for the compliments your comment started with... and the other is, well, constructive criticism is never a bad thing :)

Barry and Linda said...

I say Just keep on keepin' on. I been followin' your blog for years and I believe your unique style is what keeps some of us comin' back day after day. There aren't many folks out there bloggin' that are as individual as you, keep it up!

Ed said...

Brian,

...I have no problem reading what you written... Don't find your 'unique' punctuation to be distracting at all ... But then again, that is just me... If it had bothered me I would have stopped reading long ago!!!!