With Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge of “October Autumn Colors” in mind, I carried my camera on walks in Billings city parks over the last several days. There weren’t nearly as many yellows, oranges and reds as I expected! Here is an early October 2022 glimpse of the varied vegetation in Montana’s largest city (population 117,116).
The Yellowstone River marks the southern edge of Riverfront Park – a place flooded by the river back June. Dirt trails to the river’s edge take off through the woods from the single paved path.
Phipps Park is in the Rimrocks on the northwestern edge of Billings and includes a steep hike to the top. Once at the top, there’s plenty of open space to roam.
Closer to the center of Billings, Pioneer Park is far more developed than either Riverfront or Phipps Park. While there are many amenities (see https://www.billingsparks.org/location/pioneer/), the tall trees are the best reason to walk there.
Cee’s photos in her “pick a topic” for this week’s Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge made me think of vacations in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. So I searched through digital files for this week’s challenge and found three to share.
Are fisherman’s boats also called ships? Probably not. But I liked the reflections on the water in this last picture.
White seemed an unusual color for a hot air balloon, but with a little sunshine, a beautiful blue sky and fluffy white clouds I thought it rather striking!
Though I’d missed the launching of balloons at the Big Sky International Balloon Rendezvous 2022 that morning I thoroughly enjoyed chasing balloons as they traveled east of Billings, Montana. This second photo was taken seven minutes after the first one.
Early the next morning I was at the launch site and got a shot of the white balloon being filled with hot air.
Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge – July Pick a Topic from [her] Photo prompted me to head to Zoo Montana / Yellowstone Arboretum with camera in hand. I knew I would find flower beds with trees in the background and hoped there might be a person or two wearing hats.
I headed to Rose Park here in Billings the other day thinking there might be roses to photograph. Although I didn’t any roses, I discovered children of all ages at the park by 9 a.m. on a Saturday morning!
The tennis courts were busy, young adults were playing sand volleyball, preschool age children were on the playground, and there was a Little League game on the baseball field.
The flower garden sponsored by Compassionate Friends Billings Chapter was being tended by a woman whose son died by suicide at the age of 41. As she and I talked I was reminded that we will always by children to our parents or to those who raised us.
May you have child-like curiosity, delight, and enthusiasm in your life today.