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Saturday, June 2, 2012

Bike ride sights

BW was given a day off on the beautiful last day of May, and we took advantage of it. After a morning spent mowing the lawn, walking the dogs, making a batch of chocolate sorbetto, and ordering most of our light fixtures for the new house, we headed out on our bikes to run a few errands. Our first errand was to the Post Office, and while BW was inside I photographed another of Sheridan's sculptures, Coming Home, which is on permanent display near the entrance...

"Coming Home: Sacajawea at the Headwaters of the Missouri"
Sculpture by Mary Michel 

The young Shoshone woman Sacajawea or Sacagawea ("Bird Woman") was an invaluable guide on Lewis & Clark's Expedition to the Pacific. Kidnapped from her tribe and home in today's Idaho Rockies by the Hidatsa people of western North Dakota when she was about 12 and sold as a slave to French trader Toussaint Charbonneau who claimed her as his "wife," she was only about 17 and a new mother when she joined the expedition with Charbonneau and her infant son Jean Baptiste in 1805. She was the only woman to accompany the permanent party from Fort Mandan, ND to the Pacific and back. She died of illness at the young age 25. (You can read more of her fascinating story here).

Sacajawea's infant son, Jean Baptiste "Pompy" Charbonneau

Moccasin details

After a ride past Dragonfly Cottage (still no one living there, though it sold in early May) and another errand, we rode to the job site to check on our house. It was a flurry of exciting activity and progress that will get its own post soon, but we paused to get a drink and this photo a few blocks before we got there...

BW, his bike, and the beautiful Big Horn Mountains

OK, here's one teaser photo from the job site! :-)

Windows, doors, sheet rock and Solatubes were being installed!

And when we got within a couple blocks of home, I took these last photos of yet more irises...

Among a patch of mostly violet irises in a front yard
were these beauties. I'd never seen irises this color before, 
and think they look very Victorian!

Enjoy your weekend and happy June, everyone! 


  1. The sculptures in your town amaze me...always chuffed when you post pics of them.
    Jane x

  2. Awesome sculpture, view of the mountains and irises! I've never seen irises like that before. They're gorgeous!

  3. Jane ~ I'll have to remember that! There's at least one other one I've never photographed, and if I can catch it just right with the sun and without people getting in the way...

    Molly ~ I've never seen any that color before either, not even in seed catalogues. I love how different they are! And isn't that some kind of talent that made that sculpture?

  4. What a beautiful sculpture... and those iris are stunning, they do look very 'vintage'.

  5. Barbara~ Isn't she a beauty? I truly think sculpting must be one of the most difficult art forms there is, and Mary Michel did a superb job.

    "Vintage" is a perfect description for those irises!

  6. Larry McMurtry has written a quadilogy (probabably made that word up) also known as the Berrybender narratives that featurs Charbonneau and Pompy that is quite interesting. He is very kind with his characterization of Pompy. If you haven't read them, I highly recommend them although the family is so odd, it was a bit of a struggle at first. Of course McMurtry is a favorite so I'm biased.

    That's a beautiful statue - thanks for all the great detail shots. Her dress looks "soft" it's so realistic.

    So happy you had a chance to enjoy the beautiful May day. Here's hoping for more of those for you!

  7. Jo ~ McMurtry is the Lonesome Dove author, right? I'll look into his Berrybender (love that name) series, though since Charbonneau was a fur trapper, I'm not sure if I'd enjoy a book about him!

    By the way, I wasn't sure "quadilogy" was a pre-existing word or not, but felt it should be - or if it weren't, that you should get credit for coining it! :-) So I looked it up, and this is a snippet of what I found on Wikipedia...

    A tetralogy is a compound work that is made up of four distinct works. The name comes from the Attic theater, in which a tetralogy was a group of three tragedies followed by a satyr play, all by one author, to be played in one sitting at the Dionysia as part of a competition. As an alternative to "tetralogy", "quartet" is sometimes used, particularly for series of four books. The term "quadrilogy", basing the prefix on Latin prefix quadri- instead of the Greek prefix, and first recorded in 1865, has also been used for marketing series of movies, such as the Alien and Die Hard series.

    So I learned something! Thanks! :-)

    I agree that Sacajawea's dress looks very soft and realistic. I was sure impressed with the amazing details - don't know how I've missed photographing this sculpture before - guess I never had reason to go to the Sheridan post office till I lived in Sheridan!


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