Football MSU-Style ~ It’s “Cat”-tagious!

It’s almost that time.

Bobcat Football Time.

Season opener is Thursday, under the lights, at Bobcat Stadium. Kick-off at 7pm (and guess who got an invitation to attend this SOLD-OUT event?? Oh, yeah!!)

The photos below are from seasons past, but the perfect motivation to prepare for a new season of Bobcat Football!

Who says football is a beastly sport with no heart?

It begins with the “Cat clasp.”

And then a sweet prayer to the football Gods.

Then add some spirit, we’ve got some, how ’bout you?

Get your “up-do” spiked and ready…


Finally, get your “swagger” on…

Good Luck Bobcats in the 2012 Football Season. You got this.


Wait – That’s MY Spot!

The spot.

Our spot.

Our comfy spot.

We all have them. Certain spots that we claim as our own. Even Sheldon from “The Big Bang Theory” refuses to sit anywhere other than “his spot.”

While visiting Yellowstone National Park some weeks back, I was fortunate enough to get a close up of a beast claiming “his spot” – his comfy spot. Of course, I have a video on my camera – so I’m not sure why I didn’t think to use it, so these “stills” will have to suffice.

It was fun watching this guy find his comfy spot – and he didn’t seem to mind the “looky-loo’s” who were snapping photos all the while…


After some searching – at last – the comfy spot-  “his spot” – is rightfully claimed.

Favored Sunday Shots

I’m about to state the obvious.

I’m a shameless shutterbug.

One of the most challenging issues of being labeled as such is I deal with a plethora of images in an attempt to review, categorize, edit and enhance each and every shot with unbridled creative passion. The biggest surprise of all is when I discover a true masterpiece hidden inside the pile. Gleefully, I sit back, stare and smile – amazed at what my eye beholds when I least expect it.

We had a patriotic week chock-full of family gatherings, belly-busting sessions, parades, wild-life viewing and crazy-riding rodeo cowboys. Of such, I have included my favorites – the ones that tell a story in a split-second shutter-stealing glance.

Happy Sunday Gentle Readers…

The above shot may seem ordinary, until you discover the dancing cowboy is standing ON HIS HORSE!

Sunday Snapshots

I love summer Sunday’s in southwest Montana. Mother Nature is playing nice (except for some wind that is unnecessary) and we are in the throes of lovely sunny, warm and fresh live-your-life today, days.

Today’s photo was taken at the Chapel of the Transfiguration outside Jackson, Wyoming, Grand Teton National Park. Built in 1925, the church serves the local Episcopal  community from May to September.

Not only is this quaint, little church an epic snapshot opportunity for park visitors from every corner of the globe, we have a personal connection to this 87-year-old dwelling. My mother in law’s ashes are here. Whenever we visit, and walk outside to the front of the church, facing the most incredible mountain range in the western hemisphere, my chest gets tight, and my eyes spring tears.

I loved my mother in law. I was lucky to have her.

I miss her.

And I especially miss her home-made bread pudding, which she created from memory. The recipe was never written down, thus it went gently into the good night when she did.

Happy Sunday!

Sunday Snapshots

We live one hour from the north gate of Yellowstone National Park.

Close enough to make day trips, yet we rarely do. This weekend however, since Sexy Hubby needed to be in Jackson, Wyoming for work, we thought what a great opportunity to drive through not only Yellowstone Park, but also Grand Teton National Park, in route to our desired destination.

For those who’ve read a blog or two here at An Authentic Life, you understand I am not a winter person, yet I happen to be living in a longer than usual winter-place rather than my preferred summer-place. And by June I’m climbing the walls when the weather is less than stellar – which is was today.

Imagine my delight with the less-than-stellar, low-lying fog when I realized the fabulous drama it created to the dimension of these wildlife stills. Also, I have been craving a close-up view of Yogi and her little Boo-Boos forever and ever – and even though these babies are yearlings, they made for lovely viewing today in the Park.

And later, the sun did make an appearance, for which I was most grateful.

We also made a stop at a favored spot – Colter Bay on Jackson Lake. Seeing this place brought back many happy memories of family reunions and some of the best camping trips ever taken while our children were growing up.

…how about the self-timer shot??

Sunday Shadows

While in the desert Southwest recently, it goes without saying, I was shooting scenery (yet, hold onto your hats, the following photos were taken without the watchful eye of the Rebel, but instead through the view-finder of the iPhone!)

I love shadows.

I love chandeliers (or lanterns as is the case).

Seems I captured the best of both.


Sopping Sunday Snapshot

During my recent week in the Golden State, I was hoping for pristine spring-like California weather.

Only, I didn’t get what I ordered.

Instead, I happened upon the two-weeks of winter – and rain – buckets and buckets of rain…

While wine tasting with some high school girl-friends, even in the rain, I decided to stop and smell the tulips.

They were lovely, even while covered with raindrops…

Sparkling Sunday Snapshot


It comes in all forms, and all colors. And all flavors.

This shot was captured at Ram’s Gate Winery in Sonoma, California, from the tasting room overlooking the wetlands.

It was a quick shot, as in order to take it, I had to put down the object previously occupying my hand.

A fragile fluted glass of delicious, sparkling, glorious wine.

Sunday Snapshot

Every time I say I’m going to do something on a regular basis, I fail to follow through. Yes, I am undisciplined, which is not something to be proud of, yet I’m comfortable enough within my own skin to admit it to you – my blog friend.

Yet, it seems a reasonable and “easy like Sunday morning” thing to do – to promise to deliver a Sunday Snapshot.

Each. And. Every. Sunday.

Wish me luck, for you will know if I succeed.

Or otherwise…

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