4.20.2015

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~
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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 
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4.13.2015

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 
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4.04.2015

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

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3.23.2015

Spring has begun



snow is melting
river rising
aquas and green water rushing


Montana Rockies 
wearing Snow cloak


wandering
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
except
that i found a tick walking around on me yesterday
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3.12.2015

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

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3.07.2015

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
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also their song is lovely
to me i hear: pretty bird over and over
but not on the recordings on websites
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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:

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2.26.2015

Winter Rocks and Ice


 tiny islands
floating


catching my eyes
my heart


 ice cloaking
dripping
bubbling


 formations exquisite


tiny islands
floating
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2.15.2015

Yea, Sunshine


the sun drenched life in winter warmth today


entirely unusual for February
48F


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


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