8.21.2017

Solar Eclipse


Today was the full solar eclipse. 
Where I live, NW Montana, the eclipse was only partial. 
I did not have special glasses to watch the moon cloak the suns light, 
still I wanted to be outside under the veiling light. 

The light did change, 
a bit like the world looks with sunglasses on, less bright, a bit darker, a softness to life’s edges. 

I walked around the forest and meadow coming to our dirt road where the shadows of the alder trees danced on the ground.  


I noticed the shapes of the shadows!


it was the eclipse painted on the earth over and over again


so that is where I stopped to watch the veiling and unveiling of the sun


 as the minutes passed
the light crescent shapes grew larger
as the moon passed between the sun and us


the shadows were expressed a bit different
through the giant spruce tree


I was delighted and kissed with awe


endlessly nature offers magic for us to discover


the moon had nearly passed the sun above


last I looked
full circles of light danced on the road

the fullness of the sun's light 
has returned to our day

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8.10.2017

August in the Park


at the top of the mountains
flowers are still blooming


colors seem to be softening under the heat of summer's sun


greens
blues
and 
clear waters
sooth the heat of the days


clouds dance along the peaks
as though they are the mountain's breath


daydream beautiful

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7.19.2017

Rainbow Lake


Rainbow lake was the destination
 (no rainbow, but look at those blues!)


we traveled through endless flowers


flowers feel like a  glorious celebration  
of life


every once in a while
I looked up
to see a beautiful blue sky
with dancing clouds passing by


met a new flower:
mountain sandwort
it is tiny


on the drive
I found a baby grouse on one side of the road


mamma on the other

so I waited and watched the youngster cross 
and 
off they walked into the woods

a lovely day long outing

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7.13.2017

Summer of Flowers



we hiked up up UP
into the mountains


shoulder high
beargrass bloomed


even the old timers are saying they have never seen such a grand show
of
beargrass


at the pass we headed down to a lake


due to being high in the mountains
we found spring flowers in summer!


the earth was 
golden in flowers
Glacier lilies


it was a 12 hour adventure
and 
12 miles (19km) of hiking
we were whooped

yet the flowers enlivened our spirits

Flower Power

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7.02.2017

Spotted Saxifrage


thrilled to see these cliff dwellers


high in the mountains they thrive


their details can only be seen
if one pauses
gets down on their knees

lemon, tangerine and crimson

Spotted Saxifrage

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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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