Aqua Waters, Glacial Expression

the journey began
with a two boat
two lake ride
with a hike in between lakes
that took me deeper into the mountains before i began my hike

climbed high above Grinnell Lake
the gorgeous glacial lake above
(actually there are three lakes in the photo)

up up up

past waterfalls:

Upper Grinnell Lake:

a lake with summer icebergs

found this gorgeous critter:

here are the icebergs
(sorry, I was shooting into the sun):

the rocks along the trail 
were colorful
rich in movement and design made by glaciers

a hike that I certainly recommend


Late Summer Wander

your immense magnitude
radiates a
tangible presence - as does the suns rays of light

throughout time you have aged beautifully

the way the wind sings through your trees
blows clouds around and above thee

all these ways and more
bring me to my inner mountain
wind tree and beauty

you are simply who you are
a glorious mountain

cloaked in forest, flower, berry and creatures of your realm

bearing gifts freely

do you know what this alpine succulent type plant below is?
 the flowers are about 1/4" across, lovely in it's silvery green
but i can not figure out what it is.
I found on the Grinnell Lake Trail :

The first person to let me know in the comments
can choose one of my greeting cards from my shop as a thank you gift



Summer is Fruiting

on a gentle breeze
i heard the mountains call to me

in the forest i found berries 
ripe as can be


huckleberries are a treasured food in Montana!

i dinned next to this river
listening to it's song
enjoying the stir of the air that it brought to life

mountain ash offering berries for the birds
splashes of color
for our eyes

savoring each blossom

treasuring the tiny realm

butterflies basked in the sun

enjoying rain after a hot summer
lovely late summer days to you


Breathing in Summer

summer is true

to its spirit this year

hot days

cool nights

thunder storms
most days

flowers and grasses blooming

insects thriving
and occasional rains

my heart sings

sharing with Rose's
August heART
feel free to join in


Hot Summer Days

hot summer days
are beautiful
and true to the season

yet they beg for evening walks
as the day cools off

busy at work

the original stain glass beauty

berry bushes
lush in their greenery

high mountain flowers thrive
where lower elevation flowers have turned to seed

Montana Beauty


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


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


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