May is my favorite month of the year, up until Memorial Day weekend. Then the traffic doubles or even triples. I am thankful for my knowledge of the back roads at this time of the year.
We’ve been staying in our new motor home, parked at my aunt’s place. It’s quite a chore to level it on the hillside there, so we don’t use the bathroom in it, so that we don’t have to move it to go to a dump station. We’ve been using my aunt’s facilities. She and a friend were talking about how I come in every morning and evening to sit in “The Library”. They said they wished they had such a regularity in their bowel movements. It’s nice to be a role model for others!
Anyway, it has been nice staying in the motor home. The rainstorms on the roof put us to sleep, and the robin in the morning wakes us up. I think the robin and our chihuahua, Rico, are in cahoots. The robin says “I’ll start singing at 5:00 sharp. Now you make sure and chew up his earplugs!”
As many of you know, Western Montana has been flooding lately, especially around Missoula. Flathead Lake is approaching full pool a little earlier than usual. The gates on Kerr Dam have been fully open for the most part. Where we’ve been staying is less than a half mile from the dam, on the North side of the river. We’ve been going down there quite often and we even lucked out and captured a rainbow behind the dam up against the Missions.
Waterfowl and shorebirds have been nesting around the ponds in the prairie pothole region of the valley. I constantly get distracted when running the rural mail routes.
I had a dream the other night that I was reunited with my grandma. She passed away roughly two decades ago. She appeared younger with long gray curly hair, (she’d had shorter white hair for most of my life.) Anyway, she proceeded to tell me that of the grandkids, I was the only one whose head wasn’t cut off in the photographs, then she reminded me that was because I was the short one. I’m glad you remembered me for something grandma! That got me thinking though. What do I want to be remembered for?
With my photography I mostly want to share those parts of the world that haven’t been totally changed by humankind. I want people that are cooped up in the big cities or overwhelmed by the chaos of politics, feeling that we as a people are on a straight downward path to gloom and doom, to see that life goes on. With or without us, whether we lean left or right, these animals have more important things to concern themselves with, and we need to escape from society every once in awhile and realize that whatever our political or financial agenda may be, There are more important things in this world.
So until next week…..