Adventures, Exploring, Photography

A place I never wanted to leave

35mm goodness from my sturdy Olympus OM-G. I only brought my f/1.8 lens for some reason, not my f/1.4 or a wide angle or even my shift lens, but I’m still pretty happy with how many of my frames from the trip turned out.

I still can’t believe it only cost $2.00 to go into the gardens. Montana doesn’t have the sort of season to encourage ferns, flowers, and lily pads everywhere, so I’ve never been anywhere like this. I wanted to settle down on one of the many benches and sketch and maybe sing to myself a little because it was the most calming place I’d been in a long, long time. There weren’t a lot of people and we had the gardens mostly to ourselves. The overcast day made parts seem eerily private and in this way perfect. I loved the curling edges of ferns and the twirling stems of so many different flowers.

I’ve got many more frames to share with you all but for now I think I’ll let these stand alone. Mother Nature has such beautiful creations.

I could have set up a tent in the bamboo forest and lived there happily ever after. Too bad we only spent a few hours there! It felt incredible to be surrounded by the hum of birds, bugs, and the sound of water while being visually enveloped with every color possible.

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Exploring, Food, Photography

Craft Pride: Texas brews on display

Chelsea and Kate and I paid for parking after doing loops trying to find a space for the car. It was definitely worth it!

Craft Pride was worth the parking hassle. It had more kinds of Texas local brews than I thought possible (I think close to 50) and deciding was the worst part. If I had the liver of a decades-older Scotsman I might have been able to try multiple brews, but I only had one!

The one I did have, a delightfully fruity IPA called the Yellow Rose from Lone Pint Brewery, was fantastic! I loved how different it was. I am by no means literate in the sort of terms that are used to describe beer, but regardless of that, I plain loved my beer. The atmosphere was fun, too, with tactile, textured wood tables and hanging lights. We went right at the golden hour and so photographing our brews was perfect. I don’t remember what Chelsea and Kate both got but every beer I tried there was fantastic!

Being from Montana, I’m lucky to be surrounded by a wealth of craft breweries that are always trying new things, but I was really excited to experience Craft Pride in Austin! What an awesome place.

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Adventures, Favorite things

Botanical gardens

My favorite part of Austin was exploring the Botanical Gardens.

For a whole $2.00 we were given the chance to see more species of flora than I’d ever before in my life! Lily pads, trees, ferns, and flowers I’d never seen before. I can’t describe how much I loved being there. I loved every moment of it. It was cloudy and humid and quiet and I smelled and touched everything.

I never wanted to leave.

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Neature ahoy!

The Austin Nature and Science Center was awesome- and free!

We got to see some beautiful rescued raptors. There were 3 barred owls, a great horned owl, some gorgeous turkey vultures, and an awesome, sassy raven! A pair of female ducks named Mac and Cheese shared a pool. None of these animals were releasable due to injuries or the fact that people had made them into pets.

Inside the Center there were tables overflowing with naturalia! Stones, skeletons, taxidermy, and geodes were everywhere! I loved touching the smooth stones and seeing all the critters. It was definitely a neat place to spend a cool morning!

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Adventures, Exploring, Montana, Photography

Hiking and meandering and enjoying the world

Yesterday Meghan and I drove high up into the hills to find the Gipsy Lake trail on the Helena National Forest and never found that trail.

But we did find another trail! It was very steep for the first mile at least. We managed to get up the hills without too much difficulty, but it was definitely a stretch to call the first part relaxing in any way.

We walked for a long time, down and up and more down and more up. We eventually found the end of the trail we were supposed to originally  hike, and continued down the way for a while.

We have no idea how long we  hiked for but from about 10:00 am to 4:30 we hiked, with a few breaks in between for eating and drinking water. It was an awesome day to spend outside.

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Americana, Exploring, History, Photography

Exploring the past

My grandfather has left me with several boxes full of Kodak Carousel trays of slides to scan! Mostly Kodachrome, they start right around 1960, and chronicle my grandparents marriage, their times before they had kids, and my mum and uncle growing up.

They were very insistent on road tripping, camping, and the outdoors. My grandmother was a school teacher with a  Master’s degree, which was not very common back in the 60’s. She once told me about how when you went to interview for a teaching job showing up with an engagement ring wasn’t smart because it showed you were probably going to get married and then immediately have children.

My grandfather was in the Air Force in the 1950’s, where he met my grandmother in Texas. From there the rest is captured in hundreds if not thousands of slides. He was an avid photographer but won’t speak about it too much.

It’s beautiful to see my grandfather’s photographs. He has an eye for good images and he captures images that are quietly significant to me. I love seeing them appear in my scanner on the screen from the tiny little Kodachrome slide.

They’re  visiting for the next two weeks and I’ve been showing them the images that I’ve found and I am showing you a few here.

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