Winter in NW Montana

(large tracks in snow made by elk)
I found myself thinking:
I live in the land of Christmas trees

our road lined with giant snow cloaked trees 
felt entirely enchanting

sunshine presented the world with light and shadows

ice on my steps 
formed into filigree flowers

before the sun arrived another kind of beauty:

from my home to yours
I wish you holidays that feel good to you



Nearing Winter Solstice

as we near the Solstice
days have been mostly gray

the sun came out
the mountains breath turned into clouds

 to set sight on these views was to change our 
breath and spirit

though the large views captured attention

I also noted that the snow had piled up
of entirely miniature

I wish you all a lovely Solstice



Montana Glimpses

some folks put stars on the tops of their Christmas tree
do you think it is inspired by the natural star on top of a fir?

awe inspiring

when the air is warmer than the earth 
the mist does rise and wander through the land

a mystical morning

when the air is super cold
lovely crystals greet us

new snow graced the world

lovely days
nights to you


Ice Crystals

this tiny frosty leaf caught my eye
it wasn't until I got it on the computer that I saw the frost in shapes like flowers!
I had never seen this before

I love the endless wonders of our world!

when the sun appears
tiny spheres of snow melt become gems 
adorning the golden Western larch needles

it's been 
a lot
like this lately

wishing you a lovely week



Snow Stars

scattered here and there

snow stars

from the sky

they barely stood out against the icy snow

another of winter's treasures



Tiny House

Who lives down this tiny hole? 
See the ice crystals? 
They are a sign of breath, something warmer than the air. 
Tiny little tracks from the critter coming and going also there. 

when the snow begins to melt, a stepping stone path is darker than the grass in between, so it melts first:

a bit like a ginger bread house
with icing sliding off:

I love it when the snow crashes off the roof
always wishing there were children there to hoot in glee with me

There are so many enchanting wonders in winter.




Snow snow snow

snow falling
little chickadee
all fluffed up

 snow falling
forest cloaked in white
in the tip top of a tree a hawk sits
viewing the world from high
(a Rough legged hawk)

 (chickadee was at home, hawk down the road, so little bird is safe)

it has been a snowy week
which often happens this time of year
but more snow than usual

I plowed for the first time this season
that seems early

it is so pretty

Any thoughts on how this circle 
on my frozen pond came to be?
I have never seen that happen before.
Maybe wind swirling around the tiny island?




autumn leaves
under ice
seasons shift


pond mandalas

endless expression

snow stars began
our snowy storm
ethereal spirit

I woke to the low of 30F/-1C
Temps are dropping
not the usually rising during the day
28F at the moment

and so it goes
seasons changing



First Snow

such a lovely surprise to wake
the first snow

to slip on boots
head out to be part of the snow clad morning

it is all melted now
I am left with a reminder to get autumn chores completed
before winter arrives



Autumn Forest

autumn colors beckon
wander and see

though the edges are divine
they call:
step into me

step over logs and bush
duck under arms of trees

the cool crisp refined air

eventually returning
to the edges

it has been a gorgeous autumn
the colors
the mix of weather
the big fat moon in a starry sky

colors are changing fast
some beyond their height of bright color

leaves dance through the air
blanketing the earth 
floating on water
a time that inspires ones senses to come to life

lovely days and nights to you