Wind-Bent Gallardia

Wind-Bent Gallardia, originally uploaded by MontanaRaven.

Gallardia Bud Opening

Gallardia Bud Opening, originally uploaded by MontanaRaven.


Shadowed Woodland :: Brushstroke :: Flash of Light


Photo Friday: When she dances

When she dances

when she dances
earth and sky
bend with her

fire leaps
like hands
telling stories

river moves
in calligraphic

mist shrouds
mountain shoulder

-- Maureen Shaughnessy

Today's post began with a randomly chosen prompt from Poetry Thursday, writing some words inspired by an image. I made the above collage for no other reason than "I had to," and the words just came as I watched what I was making.

Check out the other poetry posts for this week by clicking this button:

The Poetry Thursday crowd is on summer break which gives me "official" permission to do what I always do anyway -- that is, to ignore the weekly prompt. Or not.

also posted for the theme, Active:



Trinity, originally uploaded by MontanaRaven.

Life spins light into
golden thread,
weaves warp and weft --
a tapestry of experience
that falls, unique for each of us,
from the loom.
-- M.S.


Destiny itself is like a wonderful wide tapestry in which every thread is guided by an unspeakably tender hand, placed beside another thread and held and carried by a hundred others.
-- Rainer Maria Rilke


Rocky Mountain Iris

Rocky Mountain Iris, originally uploaded by MontanaRaven.

Iris missouriensis

Found growing in meadows and along streambanks, often where apparently very dry, but always where moisture is abundant until flowering time, in western and central parts of MT. Also from B.C. to souther Calfornia, east of the Cascades in Washington, east. to South Dakota, North Dakota and south to New Mexico.



Lemonweed, originally uploaded by MontanaRaven.

Lithospermum ruderale

Watch the slideshow with Flickr's new format. It's really beautiful: Gathering the Light


Last Summer's Legacy

Last Summer's Legacy, originally uploaded by MontanaRaven.


Fenceline and Storm

Fenceline and Storm, originally uploaded by MontanaRaven.

You go through farm fields on a winding dirt road up into the mountains. The valleys have been cultivated and the mountains are left wild. One of the things I LOVE about Montana!


Grove Shifting in Afternoon Light

worth viewing larger on black: 'Grove Shifting in Afternoon Light' On Black

part of the set, Solitude in Sepia


P-Town Painter Mounts Solo Show

Live Painting Sol Ball, originally uploaded by skuz.

If you're an art lover, and or live near or in Portland, please check out my blog post about my son's upcoming art exhibit.

Among Friends

Among Friends, originally uploaded by MontanaRaven.

I have put together a set of photos from the same shoot, all can be seen here: Solitude in Sepia


The Road

The Road

If you'd like to see this photo larger, click here.

I have put together a set of photos from the same shoot, all can be seen here: Solitude in Sepia


Remnants of Former Residents

Remnants of Former Residents, originally uploaded by MontanaRaven.

I have put together a set of photos from the same shoot, all can be seen here: Solitude in Sepia



Eriogonum, originally uploaded by MontanaRaven.


Three, originally uploaded by MontanaRaven.



Bluebells, originally uploaded by MontanaRaven.


River Birch

River Birch, originally uploaded by MontanaRaven.

Photo Friday: Self Portrait

Engulfed, Copyright 2007 by Maureen Shaughnessy

In the pit - when I'm down in it long enough, existing seems to take up too much energy