4.21.2017

Celebrating our Earth


we call them Yellow Bells
they grow in prairie land

I live in the forest and mountains
so it is always a journey to see them


some have red rings around them
some do not


on my way to look for flowers
I stopped in a forest
and found this beautiful rock
I am told that copper makes these color


I have been exploring the tiny world of lichen and moss
often raindrops are involved


I noticed that teeny tiny moss had little egg shaped capsules
a new sighting:


a closer glimpse:


our amazing planet
endless intriguing life to explore
enjoy
respect
and 
learn from
~



Happy Earth Day!
(everyday)

~
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4.17.2017

Pasque flower


drove an hour north
nearly to Canada
to find 
some of the first spring flowers


in years past I drove over the Rocky Mountains
to be in their presence
(a longer, yet beautiful drive)



imagine the delight to see the Pasque flower
lightly scattered over the prairie like land


bathing in sunlight


 being pollinated by fury bees


rising from the earth
after a long winters sleep

the joy of flowers 
has touched the land

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4.02.2017

Lichens


here in the NW corner of Montana
flowers are not blooming

but some lichen are looking magical!


these sticks are about 1/4 inch think
my eyes can not see these amazing details
they look more like yellow and green fuzz to me


the earthy sage greens
and
golds are thrilling


cup like saucers intriguing


wood with algae, lichen and perhaps the large leaves are liverworts?





 two hours south of here
I did see my first wildflowers of the year!
 jagged chickweed


all
our meadows 
are lakes at the moment
abundant with water birds

Spring 
is a magical time in the little details

~
if you know what any of the lichen or liverwort are
I would love for you to tell me. 
So much to learn!
~
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3.20.2017

Spring Equinox 2017


it seems the sun slid under the creek ice
mingled with autumn's golden grass and turned the the water shades of apricot gold


yesterday the creek was running water
deep freeze last night
created sacred geometry on the surface


water flowing at the top (of this photo)
 mingling with fingers of ice 


a smaller creek
the expression of ice is so different


bubbles rise from the muddy depths
are frozen in time
for a few hours


it really is lovely to wander the waters edge
a magical realm of
ice and water offering unique formations

~
Happy Spring to you
and
Happy Autumn to the rest of you

~
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3.17.2017

Winter becomes Spring


though most our days are cloudy
around sunset
the sun often lights up our world



rain instead of snow
these days


snow is thawing
my creek and ponds (still frozen)
rise and overflow their banks


I stepped outside
 a skunk wandering by
happy and cautious was I


last night it got down to 19F
creek and ponds
froze over
creating their temporary 
sacred geometry
~
I believe that  winter has bowed out to spring

~
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3.10.2017

March, Winter


March:
snow has fallen most days
or nights
often only an inch


last night we got 6 inches
at this time of year
I always wonder if it is our last sincere snowfall


I see dark eyed Juncos daily

true to their name
it is hard to see their eyes


often around sunset
the sun touches our world
with passion


the world is hushed under the blanket of snow
but for the birds
and 
this pileated woodpecker
drums on the trees
and fills the sky
with 
rhythm

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2.26.2017

Awake!



it seems early for the bears to be out of hibernation


but these certainly woke up and took a walk
~

I am thinking two different bears


They might have gone back to the den....


what do you think
black bear or grizzly?
~
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2.16.2017

Winter Morning


within the breath of winters frigid air
ice crystals grew among the lichens hairs


spruce needles adorned 
in icy charm


as the morning sun lit up the clouds
they circled like a crown at the tips of forest trees


bits of snow
sat like tiny icebergs
casting long shadows 


domes of snow
showing the beauty
 the grace of lines
 

looking up from the tiny world
a
grand view

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2.05.2017

So Much Snow!


in the past two days
snow fell from the sky
19 inches


much more snow is predicted
in the next day and a half: 20 to 34 inches
time will tell


in my woods 
I sink to my knees!


the little birds all fluffed up
seem fine


my pond has been frozen and snow cloaked since December 5th
usually 
it thaws and freezes 
on and off all winter
 
wahoo winter!
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