Intimate and Vast Montana

an intimate view
teeny tiny little kinnikinnick flowers
like fairy lanterns scattered amongst the forest floor

a vast Montana view

wild apple blossoms grace our trees

at their crowns
trees grow

some nights still freeze
bird bath water




Perfect Life

i found this budding beauty
rising from a mound of moss
at the base of an abundant waterfall

i see tender attention
loving protection
reminiscent  of two lovers, caring friends
or mother and child

i have no idea what plant it is
i see new life

Happy Mother's Day


Feathers Flowers & Fur

I sat near this nest for a while
watching the female await his (Osprey) return

landing had to be just right

just a fly by

busy little squirrel
has been digging up last autumns stores of small pine cones 
and eating non-stop

I had the great pleasure of Canada Geese and goslings
visit my ponds! 

lovely and tiny spring beauty
also known as fairy spuds, but it would be a shame to dig them up for the tiny fairy sized spud

Spring is truly coming to life!


Spring Flowers offer Grace

 deep in the forest
in the shade of the trees
rising from the earthen floor

trilliums sunbathing

sunlight peaks through the trees
to light up individual views
revealing how precious a leaf can be

in the form of a clematis

spring presents more life each day

the warm day inspired a day trip to Flathead Lake, a lake so big that i feel as though i am at the ocean

cherries are beginning to bloom
offering their grace 

below a wildflower
Service berry:


Great Gray Owl

the light of the setting sun

then presented 
the glorious great gray

who was hunting

and silently swooped to the earth 

capturing dinner
flew to another area

to hunt some more

how wonderful
the owl let me photograph it
take to heart it's artful ways
an owl
in the setting suns light


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