TreeSquare: East Boulder River

East Boulder River, Montana

While spending time with my parents in Montana in May 2021, we took a day trip to visit friends who retired to the family homestead south of Big Timber. Their place is not far from where the East Boulder joins the Boulder River south of McLeod, Montana. What? You’ve never heard of McLeod? I hadn’t either.

The view includes part of the Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness. Looking south from the lower pasture, Boone Mountain (or Boone Peak, elevation 8944 feet) is the near mountain behind the willow trees. Morning Star Peak (elevation 9255 feet) is further away on the right. Enos Mountain is off to the left.

Willow Trees

Since their property is on both sides of East Boulder River, a bridge is required. There is a road so you don’t have to walk across the bridge. But where’s the fun in that?

Suspension Bridge over the East Boulder River

Need a seat?

Tree Stump Chair

I chose pictures with trees and cropped them square just to share for Becky’s July #TreeSquare challenge.

CMMC: July Close-Up or Macro

Magnolia, Reiman Gardens, April 13, 2021.

It’s a close-up week for Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge and I’ve decided to share three photos I took back in April.

Magnolia, Reiman Gardens, April 18, 2021.

My goal had been to go to Reiman Gardens every Friday to watch spring spring forth. The weather didn’t cooperate one week (I avoid going out in rain when there’s lightening) and it seems like other things got in the way on Fridays, but I did manage to get there about once a week.

Magnolia, Reiman Gardens, April 26, 2021.

Since all three pictures are of flowers from magnolia trees and could be cropped square, I’m including them in the Becky’s July #TreeSquare challenge as well.

TreeSquare: Matching Set?

One of These Things Is Not Like the Other

Becky is back with a square photo challenge for July. The first, most important, must be kept rule is that the photo must be square – four equal sides.

The theme is trees. Or parts of trees. Or shadows of trees. And the trees don’t have to be real. And the picture can include things other than trees. As long as the picture itself is cropped square (see the first rule).

But when I first saw that trees would be the theme for July, I thought trees and only trees. Whole trees: trunk, branches, and leaves/needles. And I started looking for photogenic trees when out with my camera.

These trees are not particularly photogenic, but I couldn’t help but think of the song “One of These Things” from the TV show Sesame Street.

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Visit Becky’s TreesSquare site here to join the fun or to see what others are sharing.

Flower of the Day: Roses

Since I was nearly in the neighborhood, I stopped by the Des Moines Rose Garden this morning (July 1, 2021) to see if there were any roses still in bloom. There were!

These are my favorite pictures of the day. Each shows a cluster of roses at different stages of blooming. Isn’t that how life is? From just beginning to nearly the end, each stage has its own beauty and, at its best, is connected to others.

Have you stopped to smell any roses lately?


Cee – the Cee of Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge – has multiple photography challenges. Since this is all flowers, I’m including it in her Flower of the Day challenge.

CMMC – Getting Close at Home

Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge this week is hosted by Brian who blogs at Bushboys World. The challenge: Close Ups around the House. (Click on the underlined phrases to see what they each posted.)

Pins and Clips

When I’m not playing with my camera, reading a book, or doing ordinary household chores, you might find me at my quilting table.

Fat Quarters of Fabric

A fat quarter (in case you’re wondering) is 1/4 of a yard of fabric. But instead of being cut directly from a bolt of fabric – yielding a piece of cloth 9″ by about 44″ – a fat quarter is a half yard of fabric cut from the bolt then crosscut to get a piece of cloth 18″ x 22″.

Quilting Rulers

Speaking of cutting, did you know quilters have all kinds of special rulers made to be used with a rotary cutter? Hmmm, should have taken a picture of a rotary cutter.

Spools of Thread

Then there is thread. Basic gray or cream for putting quilt blocks together. But ever so many choices for adding interest when finishing a quilt project!


Added: There is a picture that includes a rotary cutter in a blog I did in late 2019 for one of Frank’s photo challenge of the word common! Click here to see the post and find the rotary cutter.