Glimpses of Early Spring, NW Montana

I have gotten to see the great gray owls a few times
one day there were two together!
(one hunting and one in a nearby tree)

the tiny world of lichen
looks big with my macro lens

Spring Beauties.....
an early spring flower

a tiny pool where fairies bathe:

found a few yellowbells on a cloudy day:

extra petals on this buttercup:

Last summer into autumn, someone made lacy pattern on all the alder tree's leaves.
The other day I found these tiny iridescent blue beetles on the wheelbarrow handles. 
Looking them up, I found their larvae eat alder leaves. 
Alder flea beetles:

spring is a fun time to explore
the tiny beginnings of new and continued life



Pasque Flowers

listening to the spirit
that lies beneath the surface

allowing it's languid and lively presence
to permeate awareness
as well as stance

grace rises 
within each breath

abiding a heart
of tender knowing


Pasqueflowers are a lovely sign of spring, 
rising through the earth before the grasses
have barely begun to grow.
Sprinkled in meadows and grasslands.
A joyous celebration of new life. 

Lovely Sunday and Easter to you!


Spring's Snow Stars

it was a snow star morning

as though fairies sprinkled them here and there

scattering magic throughout the land 

tiny snowflakes.... on spring's land

an ephemeral delight

graced with frosty edges

Lovely Spring to You


Spring Flowers, Montana Style

along the lake shore
what do I see

(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?

our world
our precious world
full of endless treasures to bring joy to our hearts
and inspire our minds
nature, truly a spirit helper

sharing with Soma
Wandering Camera
( I do feel a bit like a wandering camera ;-))


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!