6.25.2017

Endless Beauty


walking at the feet of stone cathedrals
through fields of flowers
and
proud trees

 
inspires sighs
adjusting ones breath
to open ones heart
to meet your beauty


flowers galore
(beargrass)


not to forget
the magical details


natures perfect art


and
glorious water falling

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6.21.2017

Summer Begins


I headed to the mountains for
Summer Solstice 


enjoyed 
patches of tiny twinflowers


frothed-up plant sap
made by the froghopper bug
quit magical looking up close


the clouds
appeared and disappeared 
throughout the day
moody or bright


larkspur often look as though they are dancing
to me


these flowers, dogbane,
seem to be celebrating life


spring did not offer many mushroom sightings
yet
there were a family of these
on an old dead log
love how they came up through bug holes


heading home....


one poppy bud this year
it bloomed on Summer Solstice!
Exquisite!

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Lovely Summer to you All!
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6.15.2017

Dear Deer


oh my
the dear deer!


just a few days ago
I spotted these two heading across my yard


this little one must have been 
just born
that morning
or during the night

it was so tiny
yet so alive
alert
full of instincts and inborn knowledge

such a joy to see!

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6.05.2017

Baby Ground Squirrels


Walking across my yard
which is meadow land at the edge of forest 


hoping to photograph dragon and damselflies with my macro lens

when I noticed movement


though they were very aware
they didn't seem to notice me
maybe they thought me a tree


they wandered into the sunlight
near my feet


foraging 
for greens


a couple of them came quite close 


this photo is to show you how small they look


I don't think mamma would be to happy with how close they came to me

soon she will have them trained to be more careful

~
I hope you enjoyed these wee critters
they are much better in photos than digging holes in one's yard!
~
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5.28.2017

Meadow Life


a neighbor called
said: come on down
I have a grizzly and her cubs in the meadow




we sat in chairs from a great distance 
and watched

then they stepped into the forest
~
we also saw a robin pulling a huge worm from the earth


It is so beautiful these days


winter seems far behind us

~
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5.20.2017

Calypso bulbosa


it is fairy slipper season 


they rise from a tangle on the forest floor


one here, two there
like magic 

wild orchids


cloaked in raindrop gems


the lovely 
Calypso bulbosa

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5.12.2017

The presence of Spring


I have found a morel mushroom
one here
one there
not many
still a joy to see


:details of a cedar leaf, enchanting


: forest trillium
thriving under the mighty forest
bathing in gentle sunlight


a polypore begins to grow
most likely a Red Belted conk:


upstream
snow melt filling the creek 
singing to the forest:


water dancing over stones
racing down the mountain:
 

 


listen quietly
and
one can hear the world growing
creating
a fantastic song of a new season 
 
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5.06.2017

Spring


drove and hiked hoping to see
Spring Beauties
at first I thought I was too early in the season
once one was spied
I noticed they were sprinkled throughout the meadow


our first forest flower
 the lovely yellow violet


I love watching things turn green
sprout leaves
the sun warming our world

this last winter my walking bridge died
last week I made a new one
felt like a nice accomplishment


I have a huge plum colored bolder in my yard
after the rain
the lichen turns this wonderful color


here and there 
are mushrooms
full of fun character
another sign of a new season


the setting sun inspires pause

soaring as the sun sets
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