7.21.2014

Red Meadow Lake


the rain was falling when we arrived
clearing a patch of blue sky
after many smoke filled days


a treasure found
tiny flowers at the base of an old stump


bee-ware


love the rare finds


something about mountain mist
that inspires awe


Indian paintbrush comes in many hues


clouds part
revealing light and shadows
to our delight
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7.10.2014

Evening Walk


such an inviting road
still closed to cars due to avalanches
perfect for wandering
(Eureka Mountains)


exquisite flowers cloak the earth
like stars dance in the skies


wonderful flowers for us to find


so much bear grass that it inspires joy


the precious and tiny spotted saxifrage


look at what i found on my cabin!
a muddy bear print
at shoulder height
about the size of my hand:


summer is full on here
with days around 90F
pretty hot, but nice with a breeze and shade
~
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6.29.2014

A Week in Montana


Rocky Mountains Magesty
sunshine beauty summery day


turns to clouds and rainy days


flowers thrive


mushrooms push through the earths crust


eye candy at every turn


jelly fungi nestled in moss


forest friends
wander in our days and nights

summer in Montana

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6.24.2014

Happy Summer to You!


journeyed to the NW corner of 
Glacier National Park 
for Solstice


 took to heart wildflowers as they opened to the longest day of the year


walked in a forest where flowers mingled with sun
 

and shade
 

the tiny creatures busy as can be
 

vistas
that inspire pause and  we have water!


 large swallowtails dinning on nectar


greens and blues
summer hues
are abundant
 

wild strawberries  bring us to our knees
to dine


 Summer has arrived
and
I wish you a lovely summer!
~
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6.14.2014

Threshold of Summer


June is our rainy month
time of storms
and beautiful skies


a time when life is giving birth
fawns
flowers
wild roses:

Indian paintbrush:


 owlets:


great gray owlet


a lovely time
on the threshold of summer


i paused to consider sharing a story with you
i use this blog as a spirit helper
to remind us that nature has the ability to uplift our spirits

as i paused i thought that intense things in nature are good for us too
they remind us of what is real
teaching us respect and awareness:

three black bears hunted in my yard recently
a mamma and her two large cubs
 i heard the bleating of a fawn....
 
it was entirely dramatic in 
motion and sound
as i could hear them growling, grunting and chomping their feast
one bear climbed up and down a cottonwood tree 
with ease

they might have caught the fawn's scent as they wandered
or the protective mothers scent

the mother deer was entirely distraught
my heart went out to her

I have been looking at humanized bears in art in a different way 
this week

but
we all eat
and something must die for this to happen
so it is simply real

bears are seriously strong and wild creatures
i most certainly witnessed this
and living in the wilds of Montana
is indeed wild 
 
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6.06.2014

Abundant Spring

(as the storm moves on)
~

Tuesday afternoon
into evening
we had a storm

lightning hit a nearby tree
sending bark and shards flying


struck my modem out
no internet for me


it was such a dramatic storm
thunder lightning rain and hail
for hours


now we enjoy the most lovely spring days
lush and green from rain
a few mushrooms fruit through the earth


sky is full of dreamy clouds

and 
little robins learn to fly


butterflies
 like fairies grace our days


sunsets kiss our nights


wishing you safe storms
if you have any

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5.28.2014

Spring's Abundance

forget me not

raindrops adorn tiny flowers


forest strawberry flower
promises of fruit


more forest food
morels
they have already been nibbled on


tiny forest orchids
striped coral


forest lace
as tender ferns


another portrait of fairy slippers for Noushka


sweet little violets


i am smitten!
~
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