when the sun nears the horizon
 mountains reflect on an icy lake 
ones breath gentles 
light becomes a healing balm


icy angel wings 

they were invisible to the ordinary eye
but the lake knew they were there
the wind also

the wind stirred the lake waters
sprayed it on the wings
 so that we can see them in the form of ice 
tuck their beauty into our heart for ever more

we went to lake McDonald
on the eve of my birthday
lovely to say goodbye to my year with the setting of the sun



Considering Love

natures lovely hearts
this one dressed in 

through time
a peachy rock
is shaped as a heart

forest fungi
forms as a heart

ice crystals
live in my heart

we all love our little birds
that stay all winter
singing through our milky gray days
(mountain chickadee)

I don't collect heart rocks
(except as photos)
but when I find heart shapes in nature
they do inspire a smile

 last week the sun came out
inspiring pine grosbeak to bath in the creek

you might want to click to see the wee film in full screen
sorry i could not hold the camera still with the lens zoomed out

the males are red and females gold
such a dear sight

lovely day of love to you


Montana Winter in the Sunshine

the sun beckoned:
come outside 

wander and explore

see the lake 
in silky smooth waters

find icicles dripping
at the shore

if you look closely
snow grew frosty crystals over night

mountains dressed in their winter coats

treasures under the sun's light



Snowflakes and Winter Glimpses

this snowfall: slivers of crystals and star flakes

Until we look close, could we ever imagine the varied crystals of snow that grace our world? 

 above is from a different snowfall

 whitetail deer
winter woodlands

for two weeks
one Arctic Redpoll visited the feeder

makes me wonder how one bird
is here
they are usually a flock type of bird




Mountain Lions

I stepped outside
to have a mountain lion cub
run in front of me

did I really see that?

as the cub moved into the forest

I heard it calling
another responding

two siblings wanting to be near one another

this is the sibling
making its way to the other

notice that its spots are near invisible
that might make it 6 months of age

here is a short video I captured:

that was the first time I have ever seen a mountain lion
in the wild

I have to say it was quite wonder-full!