I adore this flower
with it's lemon yellow dots
that turn to marigold as they head to the tips of it's petals
offering cherry red  at the end
lovely little cliff dwellers that grow on a mossy mat on rock outcroppings

the elegant Queen's cup
a single white flower on each plant
and when the flower goes to seed 
it offers the world a single blue colored berry (not edible)

We have indeed entered berry season:

I was on a camping trip last week 
So hungry for breakfast
stopped the van to take a photo....
and little bushes of fat berries offered themselves to me!
Huckleberry season!

mountain roads are where I wander often
they beckon
(half they year they are closed due to snow and ice)

it is such a joy to see fields of flowers

and gems of dew on morning flowers

the season of flowing waters

Lovely day and beyond to you!




The Birth of a Dragonfly

Placing the kayak in the pond, exploring all the snail eggs from the water (see previous post for them). I spied something unique and paddled on over. A dragonfly had recently emerged from it's previous body. 

It was hanging as you see here in the first photo. Milky wings and a near transparent body. I stayed for an hour photographing, watching, breathing with the near invisible pulse of it's closed wings as they prepared to open. 

Then I wandered off to other things. Returning a half hour later, it had opened it's wings and before night fall it had taken it's first flight. 

Note how the color of it's wings and body change from the first photo to the last, all in less than two hours. I felt honored to witness it's birth. 

Wishing you all a lovely day and beyond!





Late Spring into The Beginning of Summer

It has been a long since posting here. 
I post on Instagram regularly, in case you are interested. 

The male cones of the Lodgepole pines were heavy laden with pollen.
We have had many big storms which brought down seemingly endless trees. 
One of my 6 trees that came down was a pine and a perfect opportunity to harvest pollen and explore super-food medicine making with it. 

I gently shook the branch so you could see how much comes off a gentle shake.
It was a time intensive experience. So lovely to be in the woods, collecting the male cones, serenaded by the birds and amazing scent of pine trees. 

wild orchids are blooming, some have come and gone,
the lovely ladyslipper:

summer light igniting a new born leaf:

a new find along the ponds shore,
I have learned they are snail eggs:

A deer ate that one along with the plant
but there are more
I hope to see the snails arrive
tiny treasures abound

This might be a newborn snail from one of the egg sacks?
It was on the end of a blade of grass

I wish you all a lovely summer. 
I hope to post more often, time will tell. 



The season of bears and flowers ~

Wandering the woods, breathing with trees, photographing spring treasures, I heard a unique scrambling sound. 
One is wise to take note of sounds while in the wilds of this NW corner of Montana. 
For we live with the critters of fairy tales. 
Looking in the direction of the sound I saw a black bear scurrying up a tall conifer tree, bark flying as she did. 
Since she was kind of far and up a tree I snapped a few photos. 

But really, she got up that tree so fast, she could have gotten to me before I knew what was happening. 

Later I learned that my camera captured her two little cubs! She had sent her cubs to safety and followed after them. 

A good bear encounter!

Each May, when wandering the woods, my eyes scan the forest floor for fairy slippers, the calypso orchid. 
 Absolutely thrilling! 

shooting stars

a little past its prime
yet still a thrill to find
the highly sought after morel mushroom

moss is growing
and so beautiful up close!



Honoring Glacier Lilies

we hiked up a boulder strewn canyon
boulders larger by far than us

boulders covered in lichen and moss

when we got to the cliffs above
we were greeted in spring flowers!

lovely glacier lilies

our natural world is sublime