Montana Road Trip 2010, Chapter Twenty-Three

I don’t know whether or not to laugh or cry or go hide in the bushes! No can believe it’s been so long since I did an update for our 2010 Montana road trip! Yikes!

Well, it’s out of time out, so here we go again. Last time, Nolemana and I were traveling south along Highway 89, and had just passed through the tiny town of Clyde Park. Little did we know that we were about to see something absolutely fantastic!

I told you last time that Nolemana and I were about to witness something unexpected and wonderful.  So true!  Along the highway, we pulled over so that I could take a photo of some railroad tracks. Which I did. Obviously, no trains come by here anymore and the trees and brush are taking over.  (That’s Highway 89 on the left.)

I don’t know how long ago trains came through this way, but it’s obviously been a very long time.

I decided to walk along the highway for a bit, thinking I could take photos of the Shields River. I thought I’d get some neat water/river shots, but when I looked down, OMG!  Try look what I saw!!!

White pelicans!! I’d never seen one before, and now there was a whole flock!! It was so hard to keep the camera still because I was so dang excited! I tried to stay very calm and quiet so that they wouldn’t fly away.

Aren’t they just gorgeous?  Yeah, I’m still excited about this, and so thrilled that my photos aren’t blurry!

I knew my brother Kaniela would love these shots; he adores pelicans!  The birds were very calm; some were just resting, others were doing some grooming of their feathers.

I moved slowly along the bridge, getting more photos. I was absolutely entranced with seeing them.

While I was taking a video, all too soon, the leader of the pack decided it was time to leave, and off they flew.

I watched them go, still feeling so much gratitude that we’d stopped,  and that what I thought would be a pretty simple photo op had turned into this glorious blessing.

Pelicans in Montana. Who woulda guessed?

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2 Responses to Montana Road Trip 2010, Chapter Twenty-Three

  1. AFK says:

    Moki-chan, what a gift! I always thought pelicans were ocean birds and would never have expected to see them inland. How wonderful that you got to see them and take such great photos! And thank you for sharing.

    • Mokihana says:

      Yeah, the pelicans. I never would have guessed we’d see them so far from the ocean. And yes, what a gift! After they flew away I just stood there, wondering if I’d dreamt it all. Mahalo plenny for stopping by!

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