B is for Beautiful ~

Leslie McNeilBlogs, My Life's Stories, Photography 4 Comments

Hi y’all ~ that’s the Montana drawl in case you’re wondering.  {*smiles*} Today’s post is reflection of the many wonders and beauties of My Montana summer.  When  Labor Day rolls around, I kind of go into a grieving mode of sort when summer starts to fade.  I just love those long sunlight days~I hate to see them go.  While I lament summer …

Camping in the Big Sky & Annual Etsy shop July Sale!

Leslie McNeilBlogs, Photography Leave a Comment

Hello and July greetings from Big Sky Country!  Brian and I headed out to the country to celebrate the Fourth of July in our camper… with our dogs.  This year was peaceful… no fireworks!  While I love fireworks, the endless nights of big bangs and whistles in our neighborhood means no sleep, for either man nor beast in our house! …

a walk under the montana sky ~

Leslie McNeilMy Life's Stories, Photography 2 Comments

howdy friends ~ we’re pretty spoiled, really.  a few miles in any direction is an easy walk in the country ~ one that is wildly beautiful, and far superior to any walk in a city park anywhere. {in my humble opinion!} it requires a great cap or hoodie to protect one’s ears from the piercing brisk breeze, but other than that… it’s truly “a walk …

the two medicine and beyond ~ glacier park 2015

MarveLes Art StudiosBlogs, Photography 4 Comments

hi there ~ahh… autumn.  and even better… autumm in glacier park!  what a nice trip we had for several days.  a mix of big clouds, high mountains, soft meadows, wild lakes, pretty rivers, trees, rain and sunshine!i’ve always wanted to “get down on the river” every time we travel, and i was delighted that we had the opportunity to do …

#mymontana ~ #fieldsofgold in those big big skies ~ prairies and mountains

MarveLes Art StudiosBlogs, Photography 8 Comments

hello ~ welcome {once again} to my favorite landscape venue… montana!i do love {attempting} to capture just a tiny bit of God’s awesome glory in wheat fields… wildflowers, mountains n’ prairies… and those ever-so-glorious, wide-open, big skies.there is almost always a surprise of landscape glory waiting, if you are looking for it!  and with the wheat fields starting to turn, …

montana high prairie spring ~

MarveLes Art StudiosBlogs, Photography 4 Comments

hello ~we’re all ready for spring in the great northern plains, and we have had some lovely bright days in between lots of wind, and lately a bit of snow.  but oh the spring green of new crops, and bright blue skies!this one day was spectacular, and i enjoyed getting out on a mini-roadtrip to take some photos.i’m also amused …

montana’s niagara falls ~ lost lake in the shonkin sag

MarveLes Art StudiosBlogs, Photography 5 Comments

greetings ~today’s feature is a continuation of our wintery day adventure with the clydesdale horses.   we ended it with a small hike in a chilly blustery late day under amazing skies, and crazy laccolith stone architecture.  it’s an amazing geological tour to a very cool, and very unusual place, known as montana’s very own niagara falls ~ lost lake. …

a winter’s day adventure with the lacey creek ranch clydesdales ~

MarveLes Art StudiosBlogs, Photography 6 Comments

hi!last week began with a day’s adventure, and a {tiny} break from collage quilts!  i went along as the “official” photographer {tongue-in~cheek}.  it was a spectacular wintery day spent on a ranch up in the highwood mountains… with two big beautiful clydesdale boys:  jerry, and ritchie, their owner and also with their handler friends.  we were treated to a little …

montana ghost ponies in the sky ~

MarveLes Art StudiosBlogs, Photography 4 Comments

hi there ~ does anyone out there remember the country song, “ghost riders in the sky?”it was a song written in 1948 by noted american songwriter, stash jones. recorded by over fifty artists, including johnny cash, gene autry and frankie lang as some of my favorites. how’s that for a little trivia… and that song kinda sparked a bit of imagery …

christmas memories ~ wild and sweet montana

MarveLes Art StudiosBlogs, Photography 7 Comments

hello!  our christmas ~ full of all things bright and beautiful, with the love of God and family making it always extra magical and sweet… we headed out to the swan ranch once again, and enjoyed a treasured day among friends and family. although the snow storm made things “interesting” {always!} it was breathtaking, per usual amazing creation by God’s hand…i’ve …

st. peter’s mission ~ cascade montana

MarveLes Art StudiosBlogs, Photography 2 Comments

monday… full of grace!hope you’re weekend was full of amazing grace!  ours was, as we had another awesome road trip to glacier national park.  {more on that later!}and we had a show-off day last weekend, in the early autumn beautiful, perfect day out in the country.  i invite you to sit a spell… and take in a few moments of the …

montana wheat fields in all their glory ~

MarveLes Art StudiosBlogs, Photography 10 Comments

hi there ~ happy friday!our montana indian summer days are here. here are some of my favorite photos from the last bit of our summer montana… before it is long, long… gone. you know if you’ve been reading this blog for very long  that i am a montana born and bred girl   i love the prairie…  the wheat fields.   and …