9.12.2018

American Mink


(you might enjoy this in 'full screen', click on the square in the bottom right corner to see this video larger)

a mink visit
new sounds in the ponds
the muskrats were running and leaping off the island
onto the water
like a belly flop splash
also
a quiet slinky mink
swimming as well!

I have only seen a mink 3 times now
they are nocturnal
but there it was, hunting in the day

the pipe (in the video) 
is how the water flows from one pond to the next
it is also how the muskrats and mink travel from one pond to the next

I hope you enjoyed the little video
it was joy inspiring to be so close
as long as I stood still the mink seemed to think me a tree


a few days later
at a friends home
we saw a mink fishing in the lake

two minks in one week!
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8.06.2018

Spots and Dots


a week ago
I found this mushroom rising through the earth
a splash of dirty color:


I visited it and photographed it every day
It took 7 days from beginning to end


it was the only mushroom around


it was a fun and interesting thing to do


out in the back meadow 
the grasses are now taller than I
and 
they are speckled with ladybugs


this is the first summer that I have seen so many of these 
little gem-like bugs


this seasons fawns are quite dapper in their spots


sharing a scattering of spots and dots 
from my forest
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7.26.2018

Season of Flowers


some views
change one's breathing


meadows of flowers
can right one's spirit


 at my elevation 
most flowers have gone to seed
but the mountains
still offer flowers galore

colors divine


mixed with mountains and sky
and 
one's heartbeat comes true


Wandering paths and mountain roads are such a nice way to enjoy summer wildflowers!

I am sharing this with Whims & Fancies
last Thursday of each months:
Wandering Camera
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Season of Flowers!
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7.05.2018

Into the Enchanted Forest


into the enchanted forest
where bears call home

(old and new claw marks):
 

deer do roam
 

 clear waters flow
 and 
flowers grow


hummingbirds build nests of spider webs and lichen


and 
moths nap on leaves


summer in Montana
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5.30.2018

Interesting, artful and near otherworldly Details


interesting spring details
of our common juniper bushes


these are the male flowers
(above)


 intimate glimpse of horsetail
(above)


umbrella liverwort
before the umbrellas grow
(above)


the umbrellas
(above)
liverworts are among the oldest terrestrial plants on earth

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