first I spied this lovely leaf
floating in last years grass
though it was small
ten ladybugs could have used it as a boat

then i spied the tiny lady bug
i rarely see them
when i do i feel joy
a treasure has been found

 can you see the condensation under the wing?

i had driven to the top of a mountain pass, a long dirt road
got out to explore the area
a wild fire had burned through years ago

i enjoyed witnessing how life does eventually return
to a fire zone

I watched the little beetle as it wandered about

then settle in for a nap

the opposite of a ladybug

never know what one will find along a mountain road



Spring's Glory

A beautiful day at the lake
before the storm came in

enchanted with the rocks
the light
flow of water

wandered up the road

to find the raging waters

flowers grace our days

snow melt fills our river banks

a unique offering of Trillium 
with 6 petals instead of 3

the threshold of spring is in our past
we are in her full glory


Montana, the big and the small

finding fairy slippers 

drove into the forest

on a dirt road that was new to me
look at what i found:

tiny forest violets:

it is about the colors and light:

coming in for a landing
Canada geese:

glimpses of the big and the small
forest floor and sky above
earth and water
animals and plants
spring in Montana


Montana Spring Flowers and Macros

sweet little bell
flowers of the kinnikinnick
so happy to see you

darling of the forest

curly bit of bark
upon a mossy carpet

mandala of tiny flowers
called Mountain lover
so tiny the flowers could nearly be missed

the details of cedar
a joy to behold

Red Twinberry
sweet spring flowers
above and below

so lovely to be finding flowers again

baby cone and needles of the Tamarack Tree
aka Western Larch
lovely earth day to one and all
today and forever


Snow Geese and Glimpses of Life

I heard their wings overhead

they flew in circles amongst the clouds of the sky

then flew off 
returned again

beautiful Snow Geese

people are saying: 
this is the first year I have seen them here

a snow capped glimspe
while on a hike

a more intimate glimpse
(arrowroot balsam)

busy bee nesting on my friends log cabin

spring flowers
be still my heart