Spring in NW Montana

last years flowers
look at the tiny little seed holder
a vessel that has endured through sun, wind, rain and snow~
tiny little flowers
looked like a grass flower to me

i thought this was a tiny bee, but it is a fly, just two wings

looks like a healthy tree
but covered in wooly aphids, they look healthy too

sweet smelling
wonderful healing 
arnica returns

 this warm week will deepen springs growth 


Spring begins in shades of gold and brown

the day began like above
perfect for a wander about

I headed to the North Fork River
you can see our world is greening up slowly

 this is the Montana State Butterfly
Mourning Cloak Butterfly

 water flowing over rocks
soothing to watch
beautiful to see

lots of snow on the mountains
these are the trees, Cottonwood that burned long ago

naturally occurring zen garden

this week
for one day
this little yellow finch visited
such a joyous splash of color 


First Flowers this YEAR

wandered down the fairy steps
hoping to see my first flowers this year

their scent strong and sweet
do you know what kind they are? 
i don't

(if you can ID for me, I will send you 5x7 inch photo from my shop, your choice) 
if it helps: another post on them here 
Flowers have been identified in the comments by Arija! 
Thank you so much!

along with flowers were budding maple wings

sprouting on the creek's bank

new spring life
a joy to espy

and then the climb back up the fairy steps

glimpses of spring
a photo of these flowers from a previous year with leaves beginning



Spring has begun

snow is melting
river rising
aquas and green water rushing

Montana Rockies 
wearing Snow cloak

hoping to find a freshly fallen antler
and there it was!

first butterfly sighing of the year!

river rocks
dressed in sunlight and snowmelt

because so many of you love our river rocks
just so that you can see them dry

sandy floor

then i noticed
most the sticks on the beach whittled at each end!
beaver home must have been torn apart by the river.
never knew they chewed each side of their sticks:
wet and dry:

i feel thrilled 
with our new season Spring
that i found a tick walking around on me yesterday


Spring is Evident

spring is tumbling into our world earlier this year
snow is melting 
meadows make their way to holding lakes

I have seen robins three days now
a sure sign of spring

nature is busy creating artful sightings

cattails long gone to seed

 become characters

 that make me smile with wonder

 I love how each year there are new things to chance upon

 I wonder if insects tuck deep within these whacky holes
and called them home sweet home
this past winter



The Unwary Pine Grosbeak

against our gray day
earth cloaked in old snow
starting to tarnish with age
a new joyous song filling the air
i spied RED
unexpected in our usual and sparse wintry mix
of birds

the pine grosbeak

it ate sunflowers seeds that fell to the ground
but not from the feeder

the lovely female nearly disappears
into the colors of the mossy limbs of the tree

a poor photo above
but i wanted you to see the male and female
side by side

a small yellow spot at the corner of it's eye
also their song is lovely
to me i hear: pretty bird over and over
but not on the recordings on websites
they have stayed around for a month and a half
a bit of color means so much in deep winter grays

they inspired a painting:

the bird feeder hat

i share my art at my other blog:



Winter Rocks and Ice

 tiny islands

catching my eyes
my heart

 ice cloaking

 formations exquisite

tiny islands


Yea, Sunshine

the sun drenched life in winter warmth today

entirely unusual for February

we all take note at the lack of snowfall and cold days

wondering what nature is up to

 and look at this unusually shaped conk!

nature wants us to have a double dose:

ending with magical light