Last weekend I went to Bozeman, I was delivering a much anticipated microwave to my Baby boy/freshman college student. I had a lovely weekend, he showed me his room that he supposedly cleaned up for me (lets just say that I am grateful…).  We went out to dinner, fell asleep at the movies, errr, I mean I fell asleep at the movies, we went shopping, antiquing and generally catching up.

I also met Janice from Everyday Healthy! Everyday Delicious! A fellow Montana food blogger, Janice has a lot more cooking chops than me…think Cordon Bleu in London and has published 5 cookbooks. Janice has been blogger for almost one year now so we had much to talk about.  I think I did most the babbling, sorry Janice, you’re a good listener. I’m looking forward to seeing her again…there are so few of us here in Montana, food bloggers that is.

After a quick good-bye….boohoo…to my baby I headed out for my three hour drive to Missoula. I never leave as early as I plan, in this case that landed me right at Anaconda, MT during a smoke filled sunset.  I’m not a landscape shooter and I generally don’t shoot sunsets….


But the smoke and the smoke stack lured me, I drove for a bit trying to ignore it.  I wanted to hurry back home and get myself ready for school the next day. But it kept calling to me, this looming smoke stack of Anaconda.  My left brain argued that I needed to go home, my right brain argued that it only takes a moment and then you’ll be back on the road.

What’s a few moments for capturing a moment?


I gave in, as I slid out of the car and pulled my camera out, it felt good.  It felt good to just pull over and take a photo for no one, not for anything special, just the exercise of taking a photo because I saw something and wanted make a pretty picture.


I paused my life for a moment and enjoyed the time, no more than five and I was back in the car and racing down the highway.  The smoke stack following me down the road, staying the same but looking at me from different vantage points.


Soon I was upon another exit and found myself whizzing last minute off the highway, back onto another over pass.  Back into my camera bag and a few more shots.  My left brained reasoned that I would easily make up the time with my lead foot and my right brain said “who cares?”.


This looming man made stack somehow looked ethereal as it was ironically enveloped in smoke.


Would you believe that I stopped at a third overpass?


Oh yes I did, only this time, the overpass did not have a re-entrance to the highway…well not for seven more miles down the opposite way.  My right brain had fully taken over; so much so that my left brain didn’t have a chance to look for a sign that warned that there was no quick return to the road that would lead me back to Missoula.

I had no choice but to take two steps back to go forward, unless a broke the law…


You know the little cut off that says its for law enforcement vehicles only…”Ha!” My right brain says to my left brain, “see it always works out in the end”.

I arrived in Missoula exactly on time….

As a criminal….

But my right brain doesn’t care and my left brain is happy to be on time.

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8 Responses to Anaconda

  1. Karen October 10, 2012 at 3:29 pm #

    Love this post! When we’re out hunting, I’ll see something I want to take a picture of. My gardener is really patient, so when I say ‘pull over’ he does and never rushes me. Gorgeous pictures, Rhonda and I’m glad to have found Janice’s blog!

    • Giggles October 10, 2012 at 5:05 pm #

      Karen, it’s nice to know others are just the same. McGyver is so patient with me also, we’ll on a short hike and it’ll take hours because I am snap happy. Janice is great…she inspires me to eat healthier.

  2. Janice October 10, 2012 at 5:39 pm #

    Loved your post, Rhonda, and your great sense of humor and adventure and your beautiful photographs. And, I so enjoyed meeting you on Sunday–if you talked a lot it was cause I was asking you so many questions. Out of kindness for a relative newbie, you most generously answered them. And thank you for the kind words, Rhonda. I look forward to your next Bozeman visit and to your next post.

    • Giggles October 10, 2012 at 8:29 pm #

      Okay Janice, I’ll buy off on you asking the questions and I did all the blabbering. I’ll let you know next time I’m in Bozeman.

  3. Lea Ann October 10, 2012 at 7:04 pm #

    You’ve captured the “big sky” in jaw dropping smoky photos. You’ve told us a story.

    • Giggles October 10, 2012 at 8:36 pm #

      Lea Ann, sometimes I think our “big sky” just tells its own story.

  4. Debra October 10, 2012 at 7:58 pm #

    Dittos on the great post. I love these photos. Good thing you pulled over. I had a friend from the West Coast that was amazed at our Okie sunsets. Apparently out there they are pretty humdrum and boring. I think you Big Sky sunsets can rival our Okie ones.

    • Giggles October 10, 2012 at 8:36 pm #

      Unfortunately the forest fires contribute to our beautiful sunsets. I lived on the west coast and never thought the sunsets were spectacular…maybe there were too many clouds in Washington State! Go further west…well Hawaii, that’s a whole different thing. But then again, so is Hawaii.