Been out in Montana for the past few weeks enjoying long summer days and no cell service. Have a few favorite moments to share though to catch you up on what life in the Blackfoot Valley has been looking like.
4 feet of snow is covering this building project too. I helped my neighbors with this last fall. We battled snow and rain getting the roof on.
Looks like I will be snowshoeing my tools In in order to finish the gables and deck before I get too busy with other stuff. I usually start planting trees and doing other ecological restoration work in milder parts of Montana in mid April. The neighbor who plows for our neighborhood just blew his clutch, and it looks like winter is here to stay. We will be burried here in the Blackfoot well into April, maybe May? Oh well, plentyof Elk In the Freezer, though the firewood pile is getting pretty low.
By the way, I am changing my Instagram and Facebook handle to Wilderness.handworker
Long a favorite of Hideaway Report readers, The Resort at Paws Up, a 37,000-acre working cattle ranch in Blackfoot Valley, #Montana , debuted the Island Lodge at Salmon Lake this year. Situated a 15-minute drive from the main resort, this center for summer activities offers fishing, kayaking, paddleboarding, sailing, wakeboarding and water skiing.
As well as a staff of adventure guides, the lodge has its own chef and “island butler.”
If you're entering #WPY54 , you're in safe hands. Three-time WPY category winner and biologist Alexander Badyaev is on the jury. Alexander's images tell stories about species, and he is passionate about revealing rarely seen behaviours.
Discover the rest of the jury here at www.wildlifephotographeroftheyear.com.
Alexander was taking his daily hike along a trail in the Blackfoot Valley, western Montana, USA, when he noticed a giant puffball mushroom starting to inflate. Squirrels, chipmunks and mice began exploring and scent-marking the surface of the oversized fungus leaving it covered with tiny prints. Alex returned to the spot during a full Moon, when the puffball had reached its maximum size.
He lay on the ground, watching and waiting, entertained by the dozens of small animals exploring the puffball. The most frequent visitors were deer mice, which scampered around, sometimes pausing to check on their surroundings.
To avoid disturbing the animals, and to preserve the sense of place, Alex used the moon as his backlighting. He relied on a long exposure and a gentle pulse of flash to show the curve of the fungus and to capture the frantic activity. When one deer mouse paused for a moment to investigate a persistent mosquito, the perfect midnight puffball scene was created.
Image: The mouse, the moon and the mosquito by Alexander Badyaev, Russia/USA. Winner 2014 ( #WPY50 ), Mammals. #WPY#WildlifePhotographerOfTheYear#NaturePhotography#WildlifePhotography#Wildlife#Nature#Photography#PhotoOfTheDay#Competition#PhotographyCompetition#PhotographyContest#Animals#NaturalHistory#Montana#BlackfootValley#Mouse#Mosquito#Moon#Mushroom#Photographer#NaturalHistoryMuseum#Exhibition#Wild#Instagood#Instanature#NaturePhotos