Monday, September 26, 2011

Photo by Penny Hall

Photo by Penny Hall
It has been an amazing week full of lots of activities.  I was fortunate enough to participate in a Madison Farm to fork program.  It was a blast working with the fourth graders again.

We took a trip to Bozeman for art supplies and stopped by the Madison River to soak up the wonderful sun rays. It was about seventy degrees as the sun was slowly setting.

A couple of mornings it was thirty degrees but today it was fifty-four and only got up to the low seventies.  I am loving this awesome weather.

Saturday we took a break and went for a walk in the bear trap canyon.  We saw a little color as you can see by the red bush.  We shared the canyon with fishermen, rafters and bow hunters.

We observed hundreds of coots on the lake migrating through our area.  The osprey nests are abandoned for the winter.  Fall is definitely here.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Elling House Art Reception and Concert

Photo by Penny Hall

Photo by Penny Hall

Photo by Penny Hall 
Ken was invited by The Elling House Arts and Humanities Center in Virgina City, Montana  to offer a showing of his fine art Photography last Saturday in conjunction with a delightful concert by the Bozeman Symphony Far Afield Oboze group.  It was a magnificent event.

Our good friend Steve Hulse was kind enough to share his amazing music for Ken's reception prior to the concert.  The music and images created a joyful dance as we soaked up the magic of the evening.

Volunteers provided an impressive variety of delicious food and beverages. What a blessing to have so many of Ken's friends and collectors join us for this special event ending a memorable summer.

You can enjoy Ken W. Hall's images on display at the show here for a limited time.   If you find one you would like to add to your own collection contact us at BearFeather Studio .  I think Ken is offering a special discount through the end of the month.

During the reception on Saturday some of our friends were commenting on the new snow dusting the mountain peaks during the stormy weather the day before.  This morning it was thirty degrees with a frost on the roof and windshields.  Looks like the promise of winter is knocking on our door.  I guess it is time to do some serious preparation.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

The Geese Were Talking

Photo by Penny Hall

Photo by Penny Hall
I was enjoying my morning meditation by the Madison river when I heard the sound of geese over my head.  They always seem to chat with each other as they fly in formation.  We are hearing and seeing more of them daily.

The weather remains awesome.  It was in the mid-forties this morning.  The full moon was taking its time setting as the sun made its entrance.

Yesterday was rather windy but so far today it is beautiful and calm.  It feels so good to enjoy the warm weather and sunshine.  What a magnificent day.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

A Fabulous Day

Photo by Penny Hall

Photo by Penny Hall
Labor Day we spent the morning walking along the Madison River.  The water was so clear I had to stop and take a picture.  Then I noticed two baby osprey in their nest.  As I attempted to get a good shot my battery died and the new ones were dead as well. 

I knew it was a day to just soak in the beauty and wonder of the day.  We observed geese, sand hill cranes, and baby deer.  The sky was clear.  There were butterflies and lots of flowers still in bloom. 

We took time to sit on a couple of boulders beside the river and drink in the sound it makes as it rushes past flowing over the rocks.  I love taking time to commune with nature.  It always seems to wash away the stress and concerns that prevent me from enjoying the present moment.

The weather continues to be delightful with cool mornings in the thirties and forties.  By late afternoon it is in the eighties to low nineties.  We are truly blessed and life is good. 

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Another Busy Weekend

Photo by Penny Hall

 Photo by Ken. W. Hall -  "Four days ago I watched and captured images of this magnificent creature…two days ago I accidentally walked through his/her web which spanned eight feet from the fence to my porch…today I it showed me what patience had done for its home and what through my patience I captured by waiting." - Ken W. Hall

It was thirty degrees this morning.  It is as if someone turned a switch and overnight we went from summer to fall.  There is a distinctly different feel in the air.  Everyone was talking about it over the weekend.

It was a busy weekend.  Ken presented his popular photography seminar at the Madison River Foundation's annual Fly Fishing Festival.  It was well attended and Ken did an awesome job as always.

A couple of days ago Ken shared this photo with me.  He used it as an example in his presentation so I thought you might enjoy seeing it.

It is expected to be in the seventies and eighties this week.  Perfect weather for at least one more week.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Fall Is In The Air

 Photo by Ken. W. Hall"Mother Nature is beginning to dip her brush into Fall in preparation for a new beginning." - Ken W. Hall

Ken captured this image yesterday while walking by the Madison River.  The willows are changing color.  The grass is dry and thunderstorms along with careless burns are causing fires to break out.

Children returned to school this week.  Propane and oil tanks are filled.  I see quite a few trucks full of firewood in town.  There is a chill in the air reminding us to prepare for the changing weather certain to come our way.

The local weather man predicted three inches of snow in Glacier.  The people I talk to are resisting the idea of winter.  Our summers never seem to be long enough.

The wind blew all night.  It is still blowing and the temperature is fifty degrees.  Highs are expected to be in the seventies.

Yep.  Fall is in the air.