3.24.2019

Spring Flowers, Montana Style


along the lake shore
kneeling
and 
what do I see

flowers!
(we are still under a foot or two of snow, 
so nothing is blooming yet)


under a layer of ice 
reflections of shadow and light
of snowflake like flowers

this little video reveals a bit of the beautiful story:
 (have your sound on
maybe click on the square under the video to see it large)

I was, still am thrilled by this sweet beauty
something I had never seen before


at home, while going through photos
I zoomed in to find small ice flowers on and in the 
surface layer of ice


they were too small or invisible for my eyes 
to see in person



these ice flowers are how the shadows came to be ...

maybe they are formed much like a snowflake?

have you ever seen this before?
seems like the art of fairy folk, to me.

I have so many gorgeous photos
too much for one post.....


do you have a favorite from the above photos?
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our world
our precious world
full of endless treasures to bring joy to our hearts
and inspire our minds
nature, truly a spirit helper
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3.22.2019

Evidence of Spring


on the first day of spring
I donned snowshoes and went looking for signs of new life


 it was a warm day at 57F 
snow melts daily and the music of the creek grows louder each day with the thaw

buds of cottonwoods, birch and aspen swell noticeably each day


the furry aspen (male) buds are just beginning to push their way through winters protective shielding



 spring begins slowly in NW Montana, no green, no flowers... still it is happening and is a bit thrilling

it was a joy to see this lovely and healthy orange lichen colony

this cute little pine sisken appears to be posing......

 Each season is a treasure.

Lovely spring or perhaps autumn to you!
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3.10.2019

Ice Ice Baby


along the water's edge


find mystery and majesty


crystalline caverns that make one sing


miracles and frozen things


it's winter’s lovely paradise


along the water’s edge
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3.02.2019

Winter Outing


the winds blew
 creating waves on the lake
surface ice shattered into snow clad islands


in a similar way
artful ice formations came to life


it was a beautiful day at Lake McDonald


I was missing our colorful rocks
so beautiful when under ice and water


this day we were under storm warning
for clouds, snow and big winds

instead we were given a blue sky day
a perfect way to share my birthday with friends

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2.12.2019

Bald Eagle


she flew in front of me
wings spread wide
gliding


landed on a tree quite close
 a feathered being of the sky


an obvious queen
there is no denying


we are in the midst of a 3 day snow storm

this sweet little creek photo was taken before the storm began
I think we have 8" so far, two more days to go

I think winter is showing off at this point ;-)

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