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



Happy Equinox to You

as we cross the threshold of a new season
we have glimpses of summer and autumn both

 change and mysteries tend to be tangible at this time

the spots on fawns
are fading

I found a moth's cocoon
will it survive being buried under snow all winter

a mix of leaves cuddle on the pond

after rain
offer their own special drama

here and there 
a mushroom can be found

Happy New Season to you!

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Tiny Puffballs

few flowers grace our world
as we enter the fungi season
(so glad there is always something to enjoy)

these are tiny fruiting puffballs

found at the base of my mountain ash tree

photographed on a smoky day
giving them an even richer color

I find each one to be a work of art
a small treasure to behold

Then one morning 
I woke to find a squirrel had eaten them all!

That is the task to enjoy the mushrooms before someone eats them. 

Most puffballs are edible for us and the deer and the squirrels
who knows who else. 



Owl Visit

The sound of squirrels warning the forest of danger. 

I looked up to see a Great Gray Owl glide over the pond to land on a stump. 

Sitting, looking around then hopped to the ground. 

Ripples danced through the ponds surface as the owl took a morning bath in shallow water. 

Then hopped back up on the stump, shaking this way and that. 

Lifting into the air, silently landing on a limb. 

Watch the video as it shakes and dries from it's bath. Then breaks a branch that is in it's way. In the smoky morning air (see golden smoky light on it's back).


  I got to sit and watch for 45 min. As this owl was in no rush to leave. 

it knew I was there
did not seem to care

flying further away
down to the earth near a creek
for a drink
It is super smoky these days
so many wildfires
the owl was a wonderful experience 
among our hard to breath days

 a glimpse:


I am hearing that the fires will not be out
the snow falls


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



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

clear waters
sooth the heat of the days

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

daydream beautiful



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 
off they walked into the woods

a lovely day long outing