8.24.2015

Recent Glimpses


Murphy Lake
before the wildfires began

it is too smoky these days from many fires in our area to be out wandering
so many of us have sore throats, headaches, asthma etc.

so i will share some glimpses from my woods

above
evidence of a sapsucker
beautiful design
not good for trees


beautiful visitor 
came to eat service berries


it has been a very dry and hot summer
so not many mosquitos
usually there are zillions of the bloodsuckers

for the first time i could put the hammock up and laze in the shade on hot summer days
(that is peppermint drying)


if one is lucky
there are a couple late wild straberries
SO very tiny
 

first time that i have seen a toothbrush Caterpillar
such an interesting fancy critter!


lovely twisted stalk berry
a tiny bit edible

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41 comments:

  1. The whole of the west could use serious rain. Beautiful shots!

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  2. Beautiful images from your place!Love the hammock!What a nice thing to do just lazy sleeping dreaming with that view and the nice settingsLove all of your shoots Spirithelpers!Kiss!

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  3. Beautiful images from your place!Love the hammock!What a nice thing to do just lazy sleeping dreaming with that view and the nice settingsLove all of your shoots Spirithelpers!Kiss!

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    1. thank you for your lovely message Anita
      It was such a gorgeous summer until the fires started
      it is hard to be outside now - so much smoke

      you are right lazy resting in a hammock is dreamy wonderful
      something about the instant one lies down in it.... my entire being relaxes. magic

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  4. Great series capturing summer at its best.
    We've had lots of thick reddish smokey haze. So many fires, so scary. Hard to think of much else.
    We need a miracle, called rain.

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  5. Stunning photos. I wish we could send you some of our torrential rain to put out the fires. Stay safe.x

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    1. your rain would be most welcome.

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  6. Love the pictures, especially the hammock. We get those caterpillars on the Japanese maple, I am told they are the sycamore moth (think they have developed more exotic tastes around here). I hope the forest fires stay under control and that they are natural ones and not the deliberate ones. C xxx

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    1. so you get the caterpillars too. I only saw the one, but it can not be the only one ;-)
      I think our fires are mostly wildfires from lightening, but not all. Some are human started. glad you enjoyed the hammock.

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  7. How wonderfully you always manage to show the great and majestic, and the tiny and sweet and lovely! :-)

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  8. ...I was wondering if the fires were creeping your way. So sorry the smoke is taking a toll. Stay safe...

    The Western Tanager is beautiful...glad he stopped by for a berry treat! Your porch looks so inviting!

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    1. Yes, many fires in Montana, also surrounding states.
      I saw the W. Tanager a number of times this summer, such a beautiful site!

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  9. I love your porch. That must be heaven for you. Great shots all around. I keep saying we need about a foot of snow from the coast into Idaho.

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    1. yes, Mary, the hammock is a delight, a restful delight. A foot of snow would do it. It would be shocking, but it would do it.

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  10. Your porch looks so welcomiong and I love all that mint drying! I had a bumper crop, three harvests, of lemon verbena this year and it's growing tall again, so I think there will be more. Such a lovely fragrant drink for the winter months! I love the soft greens in that last shot and the gorgeous red berry!

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    1. hello Sandra,
      I also have a lemon verbena plant. I have harvested a little of it for winter. But i planted it late, so no bumper crop.
      My goal/hope was to harvest enough mint to get me through winter. I do enjoy it as most my guests do also. The deer seem to leave it alone, so YEA!

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  11. Beautiful photos and I love your porch!!! So inviting♥ The wild fires out west are very frightening. Hopefully you will all get some rain soon to help put them out. I keep you all in my prayers .

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    1. thank you Carol. sounds like i should have a porch party with my blog friends, which would be awesome except for the smoke.

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  12. Hi Tammie, This is the third day I'll stay inside. The particulates from the fires contain formaldehyde which is a major irritant to me. We only have haze here, but if I'm out too long, I begin to get some severe symptoms and don't want to get worse. I'll need to look up drying mint. I have a nice full plant growing by the deck and smaller plants by the stream. That Caterpillar might portend a hard winter! Take Care.

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    1. Hello Barb,

      I am sorry to hear that the smoke bothers you so badly. I have a sore throat from it and sometimes a headache. I am also staying inside, for the most part. I had no idea as to the formaldehyde.

      As for the mint. It is good to not let it flower, though you can still collect it afterwards. All season long you can cut off the stems and hang them to dry, i leave at least 5" of plant. The plants continue to grow. You can get 4 or 5 harvest out of a summer, depending on weather and growth.

      I wonder what our winter will be like. So much weather change going on.

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  13. Wonderful sceneries Tammie, but really sorry to read about the fire.....

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  14. Last week there was smoke all around Bozeman and much of western Montana. It is the first time I see the smoke does not quickly go. Already I am in Madrid.

    Tomás.

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    1. hello Tomás,
      yes, the smoke is not going away. I am thinking it might not until nature takes care of the fires with rain and snow.
      I hope it is not smoky back in Madrid for you. I also hope you enjoyed your time in Bozeman.

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  15. I love seeing your world! Your sharp macro shots bring out such amazing details and textures! Wonderful porch area, too!

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  16. Love your glimpses very much!! Take care, dear friend,


    sincerely greetings, isabella

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  17. Tammie Lee my dear, are YOU OK? How are you feeling? I can't imagine what you have to go through daily with these fires.....if I even detect an odd odor outside from a truck or something else, I can't tolerate it for too long, but to have to live with the smoke and its affects, that is unbearable. I hope you get the relief you need.

    THAT TOOTHBRUSH CATERPILLAR IS WILD and your photos are wonderful. Love that little bird.

    Thank you so much for coming to visit my blog. Anita

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  18. what fabulous photos to reflect your beautiful summer! And what a peaceful spot to rest and relax and simply observe! A little haven! What a sweet bird. It reminds me of "Yellow bird, up high in banana tree..."

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  19. Wow. Beautiful photographs of a beautiful world.

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  20. Es un lugar de ensueño!
    Estoy contenta, tu porche es una delicia, envidiable...
    Estás rodeada de maravillas!


    Mil besos amiga!

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  21. How is the smoke level these days? Hope you can relax yourself sooner on that lovely hammock in the fresh air tinted with the drying peppermint. I got gooseflesh all over when I saw the words “Zillions of bloodsuckers”. I wonder how you cope with that. I’m not a fan of any caterpillars but that Toothbrush caterpillar looks charming.

    Yoko

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    1. hi Yoko,
      yes mosquitoes can be so bad! But not this year, it was so nice to be able to be outside. I had never experienced that here. I agree a charming and fanciful caterpillar. Thank you for your wishes. The smoke is still bad. I don't think that will change until it rains or snows.

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  22. Gorgeous scenery and nature. And your porch looks delightful!

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  23. Wonderful photos of beautiful Montana. Thanks....;)


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  24. Hello Tammie, waste of natural beauty, and dangerous to humans and animals !!
    I wish you a lot of rain, and fresh air !!
    Your photo, s are beautiful works of art .........
    What a nice spot for your hammock, wish you enjoy moments
    for the next week .......
    Lovingly greetings Christiene.

    Hallo Tammie,zonde van de mooie natuur,en gevaarlijk voor mens en dier.
    Wens je veel regen en reine lucht.Je foto,s zijn mooie kunst werkjes.
    Wat een mooi plekje voor de hangmat, wens je veel geniet momenten,
    i n de nieuwe week..
    liefs groetjes Christiene.

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  25. Hello, Tammie.I am back blogging.
    It is surprising to hear that our weather on the same planet is quite different. I have heard the news that fires happened in many places in the US.It is September now. Hope the smoke has already gone away.
    I like to see your lovely Montana photos! Have a good new week!

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  26. I bet you can't wait for the Autumn rains and freshness, they will be here soon now, your parts must need that! Always great to come for a visit here!

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  27. Sorry to hear it is smokey there, but your photos are lovely nonetheless. I love seeing the beautiful porch where you relax!

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  28. As always, such beautiful images. I'm glad that you were able to laze a bit in that fantastic hammock (dry here, too, this summer). And that sapsucker art... fabulous!

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  29. Wow, that little caterpillar has quite the fancy costume! I always love little glimpses into your magical world!

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Warm greetings to you~

Thank you for visiting and also for sharing your thoughts and feelings. Seeing through your eyes and heart mean so much to me!

Tammie