Goodnight and Farewell 2016

the last sunset of the year

a beautiful farewell


I wish you all
a new year full of inspiration,
 days and nights
that feel so good to you!


Winter Solstice

on the threshold of winter 
(even though it has seemed like winter for a few weeks)
when the light does come out
it is incredibly magical

I have seen this male a few times
one of his antlers is half missing, broken
I wonder what his story is

soon they will be dropping their antlers 
and begin to grow a new set

forest paths
beckon snow clad

most days are cloudy

when the sun comes out
it is time to celebrate
step out into the day
let the light pour into our eyes
kiss our skin

the shores of lakes
grow treasures of ice

as it has been a super cold month!

here we are on the threshold
between Autumn and Winter

the shortest day
longest night of the year

from my wee cabin
to yours
I wish you a lovely Solstice!


I Deem it Winter

Winter's Magic Wand

snow has fallen a few times
painting our world winter white

an early morning walk 
through my woods is good for one's spirit

sunlight begins to paint the day 
with light

as I drive down our road
6 inches deep in snow

a thought floats through:
this year it will not again
feel like autumn

on the threshold of a
new season


Pond Writing

last night was starry
which means that it got cold
20F when I awoke

the morning was frosty
sparkling and full of rainbow lights

the ponds froze over

as i admired the surface of the pond
i thought it appeared like a foreign language

script carved into the ice

a temporary story

perhaps written for the fish below

or a tale
for the world above


Autumn and Winter begin to Mingle

appreciating the mushrooms 
 as i studied them 

clear night skies
inspire frost to grace life

sunlight is revealed as tiny sparkling orbs
when mixed with frost

colors dance before our eyes
good medicine

some trees 
the sunlight chooses them to present, show off and reflect

finding new treasures
Basidioradulum radula, Toothed Crust fungus
like an artful mandala

Plicaturopsis crispa, a Crimped gilled Polyporales
this is the underside, the top looks like
it was growing on dead wood:



Our Spell of Rain has Broken

near sunset
sunlight poured through a parting of clouds
alpine glow happened on this handful of trees

in the cloak of the forest
witch's butter oozes from old wood
( Dacrymyces chrysospermus)

I found my first teeny tiny
sphere thrower fungi
(see that clear jelly ball? it gets thrown from it's cup)

above is another view of this tiny scene
(Sphaerobolus stellatus, sphere thrower)

the fungi continue to pop up 
(Suillus Grevillei, tamarack Jack)

a friend, spur of the moment, took us up in his plane
autumn looked beautiful from the sky!
Thank you Bill!


So much Rain lately

3 times the average rainfall this month!

when the wet earth is warmer than the air
mist rises

in the rainy seasons
mushrooms push up through pine needle soil

rain a perfect environment for lichens and moss to thrive

in the high mountains
rain becomes snow


Enjoying Autumn

as the sun began to set last night
a parting in the clouds
and sunlight kissed the top of the mountain

I have been studying our forest mushrooms
and tossed some old ones into my bushes
this young deer found them delightful

the other day I walked among golden giants

spied treasures on the forest floor

hiked along a creek
seemed we were in a fairytale
full of lichen, moss and fungi

through an opening in the trees
we saw winter kissing autumn

perhaps one of the tiniest mushrooms i have ever seen
strong enough to hold a raindrop

a week or more ago
autumn snow cloaked our world
for a few hours

now we are back to rain
golden forests galore