Thursday, July 19, 2012

EWAM Garden of 1000 Buddhas - post #111

A visit on my way home, to the beautiful garden of one thousand Buddhas in Arlee, Montana

Stupas are consecrated with sacred objects to offset negative energies in the world.

The mother of all buddhas

Lamas and volunteers observe a sun dog.
A full rainbow around the sun this day.

Buddhas awaiting placement in the sacred circle.

Buddhas at work.

One of a thousand Buddhas

Circle of sacred stupas

Horses are ready to go.  Akheil is dressed for the occasion.

This Lama didn't hesitate, even though I came uninvited during his lunch.

A ride around a thousand Buddhas...

Joyful Tibetan people in Montana

Wife and child of the Lama that dreamed of a thousand Buddhas in Montana

The Garden nears completion

Maggie and Moonlight (Om El Akheil) enjoy the view.

Om El Akheil proudly wears his talisman gift from his favorite Lama.

Rebecca Farm Horse Trials

After the long drive to Montana with Maggie and Moonlight in tow, I attended the "Event" at Rebecca Farms in Kalispell.  It was a great and inspiring experience.  Here are just a few of the 500 photos I took.  Let me know if you want me to post more...

This awesome horse and rider team was the grand winner of the upper level division.

This team was the first to clear the challenging new "keyhole",
a water to water feature that challenged every rider.

Rebecca Farm has resident artisans who are employed full time to create interesting and diverse jump features.

These riders found a high spot to stand to observe the upper level division riders on course.

Coming in at a full gallop to attempt the 6 foot drop into water.

One of the many excellent horses competing at Rebecca Farm 2012

An excellent rider receiving one of the many awards given by the Brousard family.

Stadium jumping at a world class level.

Eventually, the grand champion, here seen competing in the stadium jumping

Rebecca's daughter and her father presenting one of the many awards.
Here, the grand winner of the highest division receives several awards of distinction.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

BFF reunion in Somers, MT

Moonlight (Om El Akheil) grazes Tammy's yard after a bath.

Akheil watching for summer storms brewing

Butterfly enjoys one of Tammy's many beautiful flower baskets

Fields of gold at the north end of Flathead Lake, Somers, MT

Girls on the Porcupine Creek Kayak float

A much deserved beer after paddling across Swan Lake in a stiff wind.

The Kayak shuttle with a packed back seat

Sleeping in the Love Shack baby, a homesteaders cabin on Tammy's place.

Mock Orange smells sweet.  This is the setting of a pub with live music near Bigfork, MT

A trail ride up Jewel Basin to Strawberry Lake.

Kayaking the Porcupine River on a warm summer day.

Tammy my host and BFF

A stop for sandwiches and ice cream

Nothing beats a long time friendship