It has been so long... since i posted

in early summer
a lovely lady slipper orchid

a single lemon mandala of lichen on rock

this green orchid was a lovely surprise
found it as i was harvesting wild huckleberries
always fun to meet a new wildlfower

our summer has been cooler than usual
with many rainstorms
dramatic thunder and lightning
inspiring mushrooms to fruit
you know I love that!

a young moose appeared on a trail
so sweet, mamma was near by

I love these little rock dwellers
the spotted saxifrage
found in the mountains

another new flower to me: Capnoides sempervirens
the rock harlequin

summer is also about waterfalls


a glimpse of a Montana summer

I hope you are enjoying summer wherever you are in the world!


Happy Solstice to You

spring has been beautiful
wild orchids sprinkle the woods
but you must look for them
as they are not plentiful or obvious

a visitor, only stayed a couple of minutes
(a black bear)

many days involved visiting flowers
(yep, that is me)

some days are spent chasing Red-napped sapsuckers off of my mountain ash tree, and letting them peck for sap on the alders that grow like weeds

fields of flowers make my heart swell with energy
appreciation for life

collecting wild roses and herbs for tea
a spiritual elixer

tiny green being, the size of an ant 
metallic and busy is a delight to see

bugs galore
visiting my sketch
while sitting in the grass
Spring was lovely!
Now to embrace summer and all the gifts it offers.

Lovely Solstice to you!
Be it Summer or Winter in your part of the world. 



Spring an expression of Joy

this little beauty landed near me
maybe 3/4" across
I think it is a female moth, maybe a looper
if you know, please tell me!

another tiny and first meeting
a pygmy bitterroot flower
so pretty

a lovely area of rock terraces
maybe an inch of moss covered soil
the home of vast amounts of flowers!

amongst a sea of colbalt purple larkspur
I found a few lovely white beauties

 walking along a forest path
one big puffball
became dinner:

wild orchids hold a special place in my heart
their season like most wildflowers is brief
the lovely fairy slipper:

spring is lush and green
sunny days and rainy days

wildfire smoke for a few days from Alberta is gone now

I do love all our seasons, 
taking to heart each and every day. 

I hope your spring or maybe your autumn is
offering delight to you, as well.



Glimpses of Early Spring, NW Montana

I have gotten to see the great gray owls a few times
one day there were two together!
(one hunting and one in a nearby tree)

the tiny world of lichen
looks big with my macro lens

Spring Beauties.....
an early spring flower

a tiny pool where fairies bathe:

found a few yellowbells on a cloudy day:

extra petals on this buttercup:

Last summer into autumn, someone made lacy pattern on all the alder tree's leaves.
The other day I found these tiny iridescent blue beetles on the wheelbarrow handles. 
Looking them up, I found their larvae eat alder leaves. 
Alder flea beetles:

spring is a fun time to explore
the tiny beginnings of new and continued life



Pasque Flowers

listening to the spirit
that lies beneath the surface

allowing it's languid and lively presence
to permeate awareness
as well as stance

grace rises 
within each breath

abiding a heart
of tender knowing


Pasqueflowers are a lovely sign of spring, 
rising through the earth before the grasses
have barely begun to grow.
Sprinkled in meadows and grasslands.
A joyous celebration of new life. 

Lovely Sunday and Easter to you!