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My neighbor had a very nice flower patch this year.
(And, yes, I had to restrain myself from deadheading the spent blooms.)
The top of my fridge. My plea: if you have tall houseguests (such as me), please make sure the top of your fridge is clean and organized.
The white basket holds various Thai ingredients. The stinkiest substance in my kitchen (and maybe the whole house) is a jar of Thai fish sauce. How can something that smells so bad taste so good?
You can also see some of my collection of refrigerator magnets. Let me assure you that they are in (approximate) "geographic order" ;-)
A nice little urban park (it's nicer than the photo shows). Every summer the park hosts a fishing derby for the kids. In the winter there's a "polar bear" jump through the ice.
A black bear or two wanders by about every other year (maybe they come to shop at the Macy's in the background)
This funny looking tree is the only River Birch I've noticed in Bozeman.
River birches are common in Northwest Arkansas, where I lived before moving to Montana. I got pretty good at identifying trees in the "hickory-oak" forest ecology of the Ozarks. However, that knowledge doesn't help a whole lot in the forests of western Montana!
I planted this shrub rose about 6 weeks ago. I already have two mature rose bushes and will plant a few more next spring.
Shrub roses are much hardier than tea roses. I've never done anything special for my other roses (like covering them in the harsh Montana winter) and they have done fine.
A view south from the corner of 7th and Peach. I took this photo on Sunday afternoon, hence the small amount of traffic.
I really like the fact that Bozeman does not allow tall signs which uglify the streetscape.
This building was constructed in 2005 in the parking lot of the Hastings/Osco shopping center on west Main Street.
The building has both bad and good effects on the streetscape. Bad: it presents its back to Main Street. Good: the back is not ugly, and the building hides an ugly parking area.
I visit the shopping area quite frequently (my gym and PO box are there). I like that the new addition increases retail density within town, thus potentially reducing commercial sprawl.
This new playground looks a bit lonely, but it will pick up once families move into the neighborhood.
New housing developments in Bozeman are required to set aside a percentage of land as open space and play space. Luckily for developers, they can usually site this open space alongside an existing irrigation ditch.
You might think an irrigation ditch would be a lousy amenity to a park, but they are usually clean and well-maintained. They are certainly nicer than the bayous I played in as a kid in Houston.
The Bozeman Community Food Co-op constructed this building in 2002.
I think it's a great addition to the streetscape of west Main Street. The building is visually appealing and it hides its parking lot from Main Street.
Across the street is a Safeway which does not hide its ugly parking area.
This roundabout intersection is located in a new subdivision just west of my neighborhood. The condos in the background will sell for $200K +.
Maybe this new neighborhood will lack stop signs, just like my neighborhood.
A new luxury condo development located diagonal to the northeast corner of downtown Bozeman. I'm surprised that the development is not denser.
All the cars are from folks visiting the Sweet Pea Festival across the street at Lindley Park.
Located on the western edge of Bozeman. The Absaroka-Beartooth mountains provide a nice backdrop.
For another old shed/barn (and other nice Montana photos), see the July 18, 2005 posting at
Bitterroot and Bergamot
West Bozeman has many irrigation ditches. Typically, grass and trees are allowed to grow uncut along the ditches as long as they don't interfere with the flow of water. An irrigation ditch is much more pleasant than a stormwater-runoff ditch.
When the sluice gates are open, the water flows pretty fast. This seems to scour the bottom, so I don't know if any fish or invertebrates live in these ditches.