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
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!


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
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


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
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

Season of Flowers!


Into the Enchanted Forest

into the enchanted forest
where bears call home

(old and new claw marks):

deer do roam

 clear waters flow
flowers grow

hummingbirds build nests of spider webs and lichen

moths nap on leaves

summer in Montana


Interesting, artful and near otherworldly Details

interesting spring details
of our common juniper bushes

these are the male flowers

 intimate glimpse of horsetail

umbrella liverwort
before the umbrellas grow

the umbrellas
liverworts are among the oldest terrestrial plants on earth



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
bath in gentle light

a glimpse
up close
of catkins

spring's beauty
blue sky
white clouds
new life abounds

promise of summer berries 

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



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
Spring is picking up momentum!



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



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