4.15.2018

Magical realm of Lichen


these colors!


striking designs
and colors


like an island
of wonder


many kinds
look like
living art


I still have a foot of snow at my place
yet daily the rings of earth around trees grow larger
winter is thawing into spring
 the creek sings 
day and night

wandering around boulders
a delightful miniature world
of lichen thriving

macro lens and the details spring to sight

lichen will hold me over until the world turns green
and 
mushrooms and flowers abound

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3.23.2018

Thaw and Freeze



another trip to the park,
Glacier National Park


winter ice is starting to melt
offering views of the rocks below


(above photo)
water so clear..... 
presenting all the beautiful colors


each visit
each hour
offers unique sights


treasures 
that change with the wind and sun

thaw and freeze of winter snow and ice is
an early Spring theme

offering amazement to those that wander 
and 
gander at the details

~
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3.16.2018

When the Sun shines on Us


ah-mazing!
when the sun comes out


I haven't seen an icy shore like this for a while


which creates wonderfully artful details


reflections 
offer a double dose of beauty


ice, sunlight and colorful rocks under water
are eye candy that touches the soul


~
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3.09.2018

Ice Crystal Realm


a few nights ago
it was clear and cold (5F)
mist rose from meadows


meandered through the branches of trees
inspiring ice crystals to grow



the trees fingers touched the earth buried in crystalline mounds of snow


sunlight arrived
showing off the night fairies work


every little branch was kissed with magic and delight 
until the sun arrived 
and kissed them with the warmth of light


yesterday
daytime temperatures are 40F+
gentle rainfall begins the winter thaw 
that will eventually welcome spring 


my roof of winter's snow has come crashing down
it will be a while 
before i see the first flower bloom

~
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2.27.2018

Winter Glimpses



we love our little winter chickadees
this one
black-capped chickadee


sometimes are winter sky is like above
daydream inspiring

sometimes peace inspiring:


we are still bundled under a deep blanket of snow


which makes tracking so much fun
who walked over the bridge during the night:

the little nuthatch has its down fluffed up:


winter glimpses
~
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2.23.2018

Sunset


when the sun nears the horizon
and
 mountains reflect on an icy lake 
ones breath gentles 
and 
light becomes a healing balm


~
 

icy angel wings 

they were invisible to the ordinary eye
but the lake knew they were there
the wind also

the wind stirred the lake waters
and
sprayed it on the wings
 so that we can see them in the form of ice 
and
tuck their beauty into our heart for ever more


we went to lake McDonald
on the eve of my birthday
lovely to say goodbye to my year with the setting of the sun


~
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2.14.2018

Considering Love



natures lovely hearts
this one dressed in 
raindrops


through time
a peachy rock
is shaped as a heart


forest fungi
forms as a heart

ice crystals
live in my heart


we all love our little birds
that stay all winter
singing through our milky gray days
(mountain chickadee)


I don't collect heart rocks
(except as photos)
but when I find heart shapes in nature
they do inspire a smile


 last week the sun came out
inspiring pine grosbeak to bath in the creek

you might want to click to see the wee film in full screen
sorry i could not hold the camera still with the lens zoomed out

the males are red and females gold
such a dear sight
~

lovely day of love to you
~
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1.27.2018

Montana Winter in the Sunshine


the sun beckoned:
come outside 


wander and explore


see the lake 
in silky smooth waters


find icicles dripping
at the shore


if you look closely
snow grew frosty crystals over night


and
mountains dressed in their winter coats

treasures under the sun's light

~~
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1.14.2018

Snowflakes and Winter Glimpses

 
this snowfall: slivers of crystals and star flakes





Until we look close, could we ever imagine the varied crystals of snow that grace our world? 



 above is from a different snowfall


 whitetail deer
in 
winter woodlands


for two weeks
one Arctic Redpoll visited the feeder

makes me wonder how one bird
is here
they are usually a flock type of bird

~
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