9.12.2018

American Mink


(you might enjoy this in 'full screen', click on the square in the bottom right corner to see this video larger)

a mink visit
new sounds in the ponds
the muskrats were running and leaping off the island
onto the water
like a belly flop splash
also
a quiet slinky mink
swimming as well!

I have only seen a mink 3 times now
they are nocturnal
but there it was, hunting in the day

the pipe (in the video) 
is how the water flows from one pond to the next
it is also how the muskrats and mink travel from one pond to the next

I hope you enjoyed the little video
it was joy inspiring to be so close
as long as I stood still the mink seemed to think me a tree


a few days later
at a friends home
we saw a mink fishing in the lake

two minks in one week!
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8.06.2018

Spots and Dots


a week ago
I found this mushroom rising through the earth
a splash of dirty color:


I visited it and photographed it every day
It took 7 days from beginning to end


it was the only mushroom around


it was a fun and interesting thing to do


out in the back meadow 
the grasses are now taller than I
and 
they are speckled with ladybugs


this is the first summer that I have seen so many of these 
little gem-like bugs


this seasons fawns are quite dapper in their spots


sharing a scattering of spots and dots 
from my forest
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7.26.2018

Season of Flowers


some views
change one's breathing


meadows of flowers
can right one's spirit


 at my elevation 
most flowers have gone to seed
but the mountains
still offer flowers galore

colors divine


mixed with mountains and sky
and 
one's heartbeat comes true


Wandering paths and mountain roads are such a nice way to enjoy summer wildflowers!

I am sharing this with Whims & Fancies
last Thursday of each months:
Wandering Camera
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Season of Flowers!
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7.05.2018

Into the Enchanted Forest


into the enchanted forest
where bears call home

(old and new claw marks):
 

deer do roam
 

 clear waters flow
 and 
flowers grow


hummingbirds build nests of spider webs and lichen


and 
moths nap on leaves


summer in Montana
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5.30.2018

Interesting, artful and near otherworldly Details


interesting spring details
of our common juniper bushes


these are the male flowers
(above)


 intimate glimpse of horsetail
(above)


umbrella liverwort
before the umbrellas grow
(above)


the umbrellas
(above)
liverworts are among the oldest terrestrial plants on earth

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5.23.2018

First Hike of the Season

5.5 miles
up up up
rewarded with this view

(I am still sore, two days later)


the path varied
though mostly walking under the heat of the sun
there was some bits of forest


treasures along the way
(the colors of this little butterfly are so beautiful)
( I believe it is a puddling butterfly, little, do you know what it is called?)
 
the meeting of a river and creek
rest
breath
bath in gentle light


a glimpse
up close
of catkins


spring's beauty
blue sky
white clouds
and 
new life abounds


promise of summer berries 
(huckleberries)


a beautiful day in the mountains
~
Apgar lookout trail
Glacier National Park
Spring

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5.09.2018

Sunbathers ~



I rarely find white shooting stars
seeing them is like finding this treasure


I think the above photo shows so well 
their name
Stars flying in different directions


even from behind they look like a celebration of life


truly petite little beings


when the sun comes out
sunbathers rise from the water 
to soak up warmth


the little fairyslipper from my last post
has opened all the way
I visit it once in a while
(with bear spray on my belt, as we have evidence of a grizzly)


this lovely winged creature
landed on my finger 3 times
I felt honored
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Spring is picking up momentum!

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5.05.2018

Calypso bulbosa


an early arrival


they usually don't bloom for a couple or few more weeks
in my little snow belt area

but there it was


a little Fairyslipper
Calypso Bulbosa
wild orchid
nearly open
bathing in forest light

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4.26.2018

In Search of the First Wildflowers


we found our first wildflowers of the year 
(by driving over an hour north)
as well as
an emerald colored native bee! 


 the earth had but tiny blades of grass appearing amongst 
the pine needle strewn forest floor

yet the lovely pasqueflowers hold their heads high
celebrating life


here and there a 
scattering of lovely yellow bells


after a long winter
these first flowers
fill ones heart with joy
 

a new season is ours to embrace


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