6.19.2016

Summer Solstice


as we step from spring into summer
fields are bursting with canola flowers


my three poppy buds have opened their petals
in celebration of life


the skies offer beauty that beckons one to walk the woods


finding wild orchids, lady's slipper with one raindrop
 

this is the first harebell I have seen this season
lovely rosy dots upon it's style


morels like little gnome caps rising from the forest floor
 

raspberry and purple mushrooms here and there
 

it is a wonderful planet we call home
with marvelous findings 
to meet
and 
enjoy

I wish one and all a lovely summer
or 
be it winter on the other side

~
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6.10.2016

Montana Blues



little forget-me-nots
turning pink lavenders 
ending up 
blue
dressed in raindrops


sometimes the blues of our lakes 
seem magical


last night we had a wonderfully dramatic storm
thunder 
some lightening
wind
this morning blue skies, white clouds and a green earth
(above)


blue seems the perfect color for a sky
I think it compliments our entire world
~
gotta love the tipping bales of hay


mountains deep blue
sky
nearly aqua blue
mist and clouds mingling with both


if one is willing to climb high
into the mountains
in the midst of summer
they will find mineral rich aqua icy waters
against a fabulous blue sky


near sunset
downtown Whitefish Montana
heavenly little clouds drifting in the blue sky
~
I offer you a strand of Montana Blues 

this weekend visit dear Patrice 
who offered: blue 
to inspire us this weekend for Art Challenge
Thank you for being our lovely host!

~
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6.03.2016

Enjoying Baby Ground Squirrels


I was out photographing a budding fir tree
noticed this little fir ball on my lawn
basically the size of a mouse


where is mom?
i was snapping it's portrait
and the click click click of my camera 
must of sounded like the high pitch sound it's mom makes


because it trotted and tumbled through the grass and cuddled up next to my shoe!

I stopped taking photos
wanted the little critter to find mom
as it was evening the time they go underground


next day 
i learned that this mom has 5 babies to keep track of
teach and cuddle with


across the road i noticed more babies
another family
as i approached they all ran underground
seeing some flowers
i began to photograph them
one of the babies appeared from underground
so interesting to see how they respond to the sound of my camera


look at those cute furry ears

~
on another note
Lucy and i have enjoyed foraging morel mushrooms

yea!
~
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5.25.2016

It's been Raining, Everything is Wet


I have been learning about my trees
spruce, fir, pine and larch


making tea from their freshly born tips


the mountains are cloaked in
spring snow


everything is wet


we had 2 1/2 days on non-stop rain


these little American Dippers
are water wizards


i watched them dive into a raging river
nearly made my heart stop
then it reappeared


above is the raging river


along a quiet lakes shore
(below)
i found lovely anemones


spring
a vibrant
and
 beautiful season


~
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5.16.2016

Ladybug


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?
(above)
 

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
chamouflage:


never know what one will find along a mountain road

~
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