About bigskybuckeye

Born in the Big Sky Country of Montana and now living in the Buckeye State of Ohio, Richard is the creative mind behind Big Sky Buckeye. Retired after 40 years of teaching, I enjoy writing, photography, traveling, and following a healthy lifestyle.

To An Athlete

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There are little eyes upon you

And they’re watching night and day

There are little ears that quickly

Take in every word you say

There are little hands all eager

To do anything you do

And a little boy who’s dreaming

Of the day he’ll be like you


You’re the little fellow’s idol

You’re the wisest of the wise

In his little mind about you

No suspicions ever rise

He believes in you devoutly

Holds that all you say and do

He will say and do in your way

When he’s grown up like you


There’s a wide-eyed little fellow

Who believes you’re always right

And his ears are always open

And he watches day and night

You are setting an example

Every day in all you do

For the little boy who’s waiting

To grow up and be like you

Author Unknown


When I was coaching years ago at a high school in Montana, the football coach gave all of the coaches a framed copy of this poem.  I have carried it with me for all of these years, and it has special meaning to me as one who worked with young athletes for about 30 years.

This poem is easy to find on other Internet sites.  Some of the posts use a different title, but the words remain the same.  The author has remained unknown.  Many young athletes aspire to follow an older athlete . . .

Waiting to grow up and be like you!



Welcome to the Gallery

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Montana’s Holter Lake offers many types of recreation for anyone with a boat.  A small marina is shown (from the summer of 2018), and the lake is located near the small community of Wolf Creek. 


The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is well-known for its outstanding array of wildlife from around the world as well as its animal conservation efforts.  The “Heart of Africa” exhibit displays the African savanna as one might find it . . . filled with village life, giraffes, zebras, and so much more.

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A final look back at winter as shown near Lone Mountain in the Madison Range near Big Sky, Montana.  As one looks at the far peaks in the background, think of the snowmelt that will soon fill the raging whitewater in the Gallatin River.

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Summer shadows greet any walker at central Ohio’s Chestnut Ridge Metro Park.  This photo was taken from a trail through the trees into a grassy meadow.

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This summer garden comes from Billings, Montana at the Moss Mansion, which is an historic house now maintained as a museum.

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With winter fading away in favor of the spring season, thoughts will soon be thinking of beautiful wild flowers and rich green fields.  This photo was taken last summer at Chestnut Ridge Metro Park in central Ohio.

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My youngest daughter and her husband completed a winter hike into Hyalite Canyon south of Bozeman, Montana.  The popular recreation area is located between the Gallatin Canyon and the Paradise Valley.


The Polar vortex and repeated snowstorms in central Ohio have made the winter of January-February, 2019 one to remember.

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The beauty of western Montana is captured at Holter Lake, near the small town of Wolf Creek.  The lake is a popular summer recreation destination as seen in this photo from late July of 2018.

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These Canadian geese seem immune to the polar vortex and snowfall in central Ohio.

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A February snowstorm moves over the summit of Lone Mountain in southwestern Montana.  The Big Sky Resort occupies the mountain, which is well known for its first-class skiing in the wintertime.  

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Ohio’s winter blankets the ground with a fresh coating of snow.  The Canadian geese on the pond don’t seem to mind winter’s arrival.

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Pioneer Falls in the Spanish Peaks of Montana’s Madison Range is expertly captured by my daughter and her husband on one of their wilderness hikes.

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An early autumn sunset dazzles and amazes as night arrives in central Ohio.

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Central Ohio’s Chestnut Ridge Metro Park in full summer foliage.


My youngest daughter and her husband are avid skiers.   They took this picture of Blaze Mountain in the Spanish Peaks of the Madison Range of southwestern Montana.  They have skied the backcountry ski line a few times during the summer.  The beautiful and long snowfield fills a small gully that runs down the northwestern face of the mountain.  Skiers have to hike to the snowfield, but for an avid skier, it is well worth the effort.

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A view of downtown Billings, Montana from this past summer.  Notice the smoked-filled sky in the background; the smoke came from fires far from Billings.


From Walnut Woods Metro Park, the landscape has changed from the bright colors of autumn to the gray and barrenness of the coming winter.

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Summer’s clouds create shadows that cover part of the vast countryside near the Little Bighorn Battlefield in southeastern Montana.


A nesting pair of Canadian geese prepare to make a new home this past spring.

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Autumn’s leaves have fallen, and winter is on the way at central Ohio’s Chestnut Ridge Metro Park.

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Soon the mountains of the Big Sky Country will be filled with snow just as seen in this scene from last winter near Lone Mountain at Big Sky, Montana.

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An autumn sunrise illuminates the beauty of Ohio’s Walnut Woods Metro Park.

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Ohio’s Chestnut Ridge Metro Park during mid-summer.

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A late July view of the Gallatin Valley, just outside of Bozeman, Montana. 

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The images and traditions prior to the start of an Ohio State University football game.  This photo was taken by my daughter who attended the game with her husband.  

Spring’s Masterpiece

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Witnessing God’s creation in the early dawn light

Illuminating from the sun’s rays, always so bright

Walking again on the trails at Chestnut Ridge this morn

Experiencing nature’s miracle, almost like being reborn

Hearing a chorus of birds, heralding the arrival

Welcoming all back from this winter’s survival

Flowing beneath a small bridge, a tiny creek runs by

Catching the run-off from nature’s tears which cry

Crying with happiness at God’s awesome wonder

Waking up the land from a long winter’s slumber

Sprouting skyward along the fringes of a narrow path

Adding a fresh, green carpet with color ready to splash

Rustling through the still leafless trees

Blowing wind brings a coolness for free

Appreciating these moments with God alone

Checking never to see who texts to my phone

Dashing down a steep hill, moves a solitary deer

Escaping my camera, she has nothing to fear

Spying the final remnants of an eroding tree stump

Framing its presence with moss growing in clumps

Flying in, a robin red-breast assesses the ground

Thinking to myself, haven’t seen you much around

Holding a brief meeting, a pair of squirrels scatters

Scurrying away to a safe, rotting log, now in tatters

Noticing few walking these trails, not very fast

Allowing me to enjoy a conversation that lasts

Winking through thickets of trees, towering and ancient

Shining sun brings out God’s true and loving patience

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Experience a Sweet Treat

Do you enjoy a small, sweet taste of chocolate from time to time? 

Diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes a few years ago, my dietary habits have changed significantly.  With additional help from taking meds and putting in lots of  exercise, my current health condition has improved dramatically.  I am no longer considered pre-diabetic (Hooray!).

While Big Sky Buckeye maintains a healthy lifestyle, sometimes even a writer needs to enjoy something sweet (in a good way) with chocolate.  Truthfully, I am more addicted to coffee than sweets.

Here’s a recipe for Chocolate Peanut Butter Carb Bombs.  My version of these “carb bombs” is unique to my tastes.   I have modified the original ingredients to the ones shown below, but you can search the Internet for other versions of this simple recipe.

  • Quick to prepare
  • Easy to make
  • Low-carbohydrate
  • Low-sugar

Chocolate Peanut Butter Carb Bombs

Melt together (slowly):

  • ½ Cup creamy peanut butter
  • ¼ Cup cooking oil (vegetable, canola, coconut, etc.)
  • 1 Oz. unsweetened baking chocolate
  • 1 Tablespoon cocoa

Heat the mixture slowly on low temperature until all of the ingredients have melted.  Then remove from the heat.


Add and stir in:

  • ½ Teaspoon vanilla

Pour the mixture into molds (I use small muffin liners in a regular size muffin pan.  The recipe will make 12 servings.


Freeze the molds until totally frozen.  Then remove them from the muffin pan to store in an air-tight container or a zip-lock bag in the freezer.  The “carb bombs” melt quickly when they are out of the freezer.

This version uses more peanut butter without adding any type of sweetener. This adjustment brings out more peanut butter flavor without taking away from the chocolate.

Additional Notes:

  • Each serving has about 3.6 grams of carbohydrates
  • Sugar-free peanut butter can be substituted for regular peanut butter
  • In my most current batch, one almond was placed at the bottom of each mold  before filling each (just depends on your tastes)

This recipe has been thoroughly tested by Big Sky Buckeye and two of his grandchildren, who all give it an impressive “Thumbs-Up”.

If you appreciate additional sweetness, you will find more of it in these previously published poems.  Enjoy!



Heavenly Message


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When I stumble

My body tumbles

Weakness fills me

Not worthy to see

Trying to rise to move

Just not in my groove

People walk right by

None saying even “hi”

Ignoring me there

Silence is never fair

Feeling so much alone

Picking up my phone

Find a short text to read

Responding to my needs

Standing up now

Kneeling to bow

The message remains

No, I’m not to blame

“My brother, rise up thee

Now, always follow me”




Elfchen Series #3

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John Wayne

Westerns and more

The Searchers, True Grit



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Lovely woman

Amazingly stunning dress

She’s a hot ticket!


Here is a link to “Elfchen Series #2” in case you missed it.


Haiku Series #9

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Buckeye Tree

Found in Ohio

Worthless nut, falling to earth

Send to Michigan


scenic view of the forest during winter

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First Snow

Snowflakes flutter down

Gently covering the grass

God paints a landscape


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Wet Paint

Puppy in front yard

Painting the front porch’s floor

Little, gray paw prints

Here is a link to “Haiku Series #8” in case you missed it.