Tag Archives: Nature

CMMC: Words with Two Letters “R”

This picture of bubbling chokecherry syrup was the first I considered in response to Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge of words with two letters “r.” A friend had given us a bottle of chokecherry juice to make into syrup and after adding sugar and bringing the mixture to a boil, I had to grab a camera. The bubbles were prettier in person, but chokecheRRY fits this week’s challenge!

Riverfront Park was on the agenda for a walk yesterday. It wasn’t until on my way there I realized the words river and riverfront meet the challenge! The Yellowstone River is pictured above and some meRRy friends at RiverfRont Park are shown below.

Heading home on Rimrock Road after running errands, I realized the largest feature of the landscape here in Billings also fits the challenge: rimrocks! The city is located in the Yellowstone Valley, bordered to the south by the Yellowstone RiveR and to the north by the RimRocks. Read more about the rims on Wikipedia.

This picture of the rimrocks was taken at Phipps Park on the northwest corner of Billings. Bonus for this week’s challenge: a railroad line!

Just because I have it, here’s a picture taken a week ago from the top of the rimrocks, looking SSW over the city.

CMMC “Pick a Topic” challenge: Trees in a Park

Pioneer Park, Billings, Montana, October 11, 2022.

Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge “Pick a Topic” photo this week included a park with playground equipment, people, and trees. If you look closely, you can see all three in the photo above.

Zoo Montana / Yellowstone Arboretum, Billings, Montana. October 15, 2022.

A visit to Zoo Montana / Yellowstone Arboretum last weekend yielded more than a few pictures of trees in park setting.

Zoo Montana / Yellowstone Arboretum, Billings, Montana. October 15, 2022.

Two of my favorite people happen to be standing on the bridge.

Fall Colors @ Riverfront Park

A few autumn leaves and other fall color. These photos were all taken at Riverfront Park, Billings, Montana on Saturday, October 8, 2022.

Yellow becomes brown in a hurry!

Blue and white aren’t typically thought of as “fall” colors. But ripening berries and the seeds of milkweed are part of the landscape!

Posted as part of Cee’s Flower of the Day Challenge. Although I certainly could have used it for her Midweek Madness Challenge yesterday!

CMMC: October Autum Colors

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).

Riverfront Park, Billings, Montana. October 8, 2022.

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, Billings, Montana. October 10, 2022.

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.

Pioneer Park, Billings, Montana. October 11, 2022.

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.

CMMC: Milkweed Flowers

Just a few weeks ago these milkweed plants at Riverfront Park in Billings, Montana were inundated by the Yellowstone River.

Today the milkweed flowers are opening and I’m hoping some monarch butterflies will soon come through. Did you know milkweed leaves are the sole source of food for monarch butterfly larvae?

In the meantime, I’m enjoying the shapes and textures of the flowers.

Posted in response to Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge July Close-up or Macro.

CMMC February Close Up or Macro: Water Droplets

With the first Wednesday of February comes Cee’s Midweek Madness monthly challenge of Close Up or Macro. I took these photos along the Merkle Trail in Usery Mountain Regional Park, Mesa, Arizona, at the end of December 2021. It had just rained and I could not resist trying to capture drops of water digitally (I was going to say “on film” but I haven’t used film in years).

The only photo editing software I have what came with the laptop so it’s nothing fancy. I almost always crop a picture and will occasionally fiddle with the exposure. That’s what you see in these first pictures.

I do play with the ‘filter’ option just to see what happens, rarely keeping the result. But the color that popped in this last picture was so unexpected, I decided to share.

CMMC November Close Up: End of Summer

With the first hard freeze of the season earlier this week, we have definitely said good-bye to summer here in central Iowa. The forecast calls for a few more warmish days but the nip in the air says it is definitely autumn.

The pictures are posted in response to Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge – November Close Up or Macro. The first photo in each row was taken in late September. The others were all taken in toward the end of October.

I think you should be able to click on one photo to see the full image and then scroll through all of them.

ADDED: So interesting that the images are square when post is read through the WordPress Reader. When read on the Another LQQK page, the photos are cropped round and can be pulled up one by one in their original rectangular shape. – Teressa