11.14.2018

Late Autumn


autumn rains were most welcome 
after a dry summer

(I wish I could send it to California, along with the snow we got)


peppermint drop lichen
on an old log in the woods


seeing aqua logs in the woods is always a joy
they can be found, but not that many


autumn colors are past now
it was a lovely season


then the snow arrived....
so darn pretty


I thought winter arrived
but in most places it has melted away
( I live in a snow belt, the snow is still here )


the gentle lovely light of sunset


autumn leaning towards winter

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lovely days and nights to you
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9.30.2018

Autumn Glory


Glacier National Park is an hour drive for me.
Enter the park and it's spirit is tangibly. 
Certainly crossing a threshold into the sublime and earthy. 


'Going to the Sun'
is the name of the road that travels through the park, 
west to east. 
It travels high into the Rocky mountains to Logan Pass and back down the east side. 


do you see the road over on the right side of the mountains? (above)

They closed the road in the summer due to wildfires. 
Thankfully they opened it up a bit ago. 
Soon the road will close due to snow until next summer. 
There is a small bit of days that one can journey the road to see these views and colors.


it was a gorgeous blue skied day
but the clouds were there too 
adding to the drama, light and shadows


water is still flowing
even after a long hot summer


the high peaks are kissed with light snow


even though the grand views got our attention
the little ones captured my heart as well
raindrops


 I nearly covered the tiny island 
by the branch of the tree
but there it is
a glimpse of treasure.

Lovely days and nights to you!
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9.23.2018

Blessed Equinox to You!


as the sun nearly kissed the evening horizon
i saw it perched
listening into the shoulder high grass meadow
waiting on dinner


(30 seconds) 

the seasons changed quite fast
one day 
after months of hot days
the air was more refined, the heat gone, night's even colder
the colors have begun


we are off to a colorful beginning to a new season!

 Kokanee salmon spawn up the creeks now
so many fish this year: 

swimming/spawning:

(13 seconds)

sometimes it rains
and 
cottonwood seed wool captures the drops beautifully:


such an amazing season
these skies
these colors


Lovely Equinox to you
be it Autumn or Spring
Blessed Mabon
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Though today is officially autumn
it has been feeling like and looking like autumn  
for weeks now.
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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
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Apgar lookout trail
Glacier National Park
Spring

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