Photography And Half-Thoughts By Mitchell Hegman

...because some of it is pretty and some of it is not.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Another Goal

In the end, I hope to be more clever than destructive.  This is a much more difficult goal than I expected.
-- Mitchell Hegman 

Monday, February 19, 2018

Weather is a Real Thing

The town of Fort Belknap, Montana, sits atop the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation on U. S. Highway 2 in northcentral Montana.  Locally, we call the portion of Montana though which Highway 2 runs the Hi-Line.  The area—extending east and west just below the Canadian border—represents the westernmost fringes of The Great Plains.  Soon the plains will falter at the feet of the Rocky Mountains. 
Weather is a real thing there.  
Last Tuesday, Fort Belknap had what you might call a “weather event.”  Early that morning, a low temperature of 37 below was recorded.  A bit later in the day, a warming Chinook wind swept across the plains and along the Rocky Mountain Front to the west.  The temperature at Fort Belknap rose to a high of 45 degrees above Tuesday afternoon.  A temperature swing of over 80 degrees in one day.
-- Mitchell Hegman 

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Keyword for Today

Last evening, I spent the waning minutes of daylight soaking in my hot tub.  The light of day failed quickly as a snowstorm lowered shawls of snow all around me.  Soon, the green pine trees turned a deep blue.   Giant, gently sinking snowflakes dropped straight down from the clouds immediately above.  The snow closed in, obscuring all sense of distance.
I thought: Wow, this is so cool!
I outstretched my arms and turned my face up so the snowflakes could melt directly against me.  Each one delivered a kind of exhilarating sting of chill upon touching my skin.  Not a single sound penetrated the storm.
The snow accumulated quickly.  By the time I scampered back inside, a new layer of pure white covered everything.
The snow continued into full darkness.
Late last night, I came awake to strong winds shouldering against my house.
This morning, after feeding my 20 pounds of housecat and brewing my coffee, I stepped outside as I always do to get a feel for the day.
Keyword for today: “snowdrift.” 
-- Mitchell Hegman 

Saturday, February 17, 2018

The Montana Club

I have been in the Montana Club dining room a total of three times in my life.  The first time, I was a sophomore in high school.  I applied for a job in the kitchen.
They didn’t hire me.
I managed entrance again some forty years later as a guest at a Rotary Club luncheon. 
Last night, that girl and I went to dinner at the Montana Club. 
The club is located on the corner of 6th Avenue and Fuller in downtown Helena.  Until only a few months ago, the Montana Club was private and a strict dress code was in place.  At the end of last year, due to a dwindling membership, the Montana Club opened its private spaces to the public.
The Montana Club was the oldest continuously-operating private club west of the Mississippi.  The club originated in 1885 and was highly exclusive for next 132 years.
The dining room is beautiful and offers an expansive view of downtown Helena.
We both enjoyed our dinner and plan on return visits.
After dinner, we stepped downstairs and had a drink in the Rathskeller, a small lounge in the basement of the club.  A pair of guitarist were playing live music in one corner.
The name “Rathskeller” is of German origins and is a combination of “rat council” and “cellar.” A rathskeller is typically a bar or restaurant located below street level.
All in all, that girl and I had a great time.  I am posting some photographs I captured with my smarter-than-me-phone.

-- Mitchell Hegman 

Friday, February 16, 2018

My Valentine

Let’s begin again.  This time, you can be the vast sky of stars leisurely swirling above.  I will be the ocean gently undulating below.  We can meet at the horizon.  And that’s where you can hand me the moon.

-- Mitchell Hegman 

Thursday, February 15, 2018

A Key to Success

One of the keys to success is setting realistic goals for yourself.  My goal for today is to take a nap before 3:00 in the afternoon.  Today, I will be a sure winner. 
-- Mitchell Hegman 

Wednesday, February 14, 2018


You can’t be a superhero every day.  There will be days in which your only notable contribution might be that you managed to get to the bathroom before peeing your pants.
Celebrate those too. 
-- Mitchell Hegman