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Sunday, July 9, 2017

Oh This Montana Weather

I am having a hard time getting my blogs prepared and published this summer.  I'm working long hours - although most of it doesn't feel like work - and not having adventures in places I haven't already written about. And currently my computer is not working and a adapter I have that allows my iPad to read my photo card isn't,t working so all those beautiful pictures about a fabulous Wildflower Tour are still unedited in my camera. Hopefully I'll have everything fixed in another week. That will include getting my bike fixed and visiting a friend in Bozeman while repairs are underway.

The one super changeable item here in the Centennial Valley is the weather. For almost a month now, one of my favorite jobs is to drive to the dam on lower Red Rock Lake to read thoe level of the lake and sometimes partially close the dam. I do this early in the morning and late in the evenings so I can enjoy wildlife and sometimes even sunsets or sunrises.

One morning about a week ago, I got to watch the storm come rolling in with beautiful light changes and play between the light and the clouds in all directions. I'll share those pictures with you this morning.  And I'll add some pictures I took the following evening as the storm cleared away over Lakeview, Montana.






























And these are pictures as the storm was leaving the following evening.












I'm real excited because I've been asked by the University of Utah to give a talk about native bees. I had a good start on presentation, which included looking up lots of my pictures and posters, when my computer would no longer take a charge. And I had not backed up my file even though I have multiple ways of doing so.  So I had to start over using a borrowed antique computer, which can not fully access my saved materials over the internet or be much used for research. And I've forgotten my government pin so have to rely on others to gain access. Then, since only my boss and I were around, I got to play hostess to several visitors, and kept getting locked out of the computer.  But the program is finished and today I'll process some bees I caught especially for the program.  Hopefully the college will have received the microscope they ordered  to use with the bee program in  time to let the students see some of our bees.  Otherwise we'll just be using magnifying glasses. The program happens Tuesday.  I get free breakfast as an honorarium.

I'll also be helping to finish the cattle fencing and spraying for invasives this week before taking off a few days for rest, recreation, and repairs.  Life is never boring.