Spring Flowers offer Grace

 deep in the forest
in the shade of the trees
rising from the earthen floor

trilliums sunbathing

sunlight peaks through the trees
to light up individual views
revealing how precious a leaf can be

in the form of a clematis

spring presents more life each day

the warm day inspired a day trip to Flathead Lake, a lake so big that i feel as though i am at the ocean

cherries are beginning to bloom
offering their grace 

below a wildflower
Service berry:


Great Gray Owl

the light of the setting sun

then presented 
the glorious great gray

who was hunting

and silently swooped to the earth 

capturing dinner
flew to another area

to hunt some more

how wonderful
the owl let me photograph it
take to heart it's artful ways
an owl
in the setting suns light


Spring in NW Montana

last years flowers
look at the tiny little seed holder
a vessel that has endured through sun, wind, rain and snow~
tiny little flowers
looked like a grass flower to me

i thought this was a tiny bee, but it is a fly, just two wings

looks like a healthy tree
but covered in wooly aphids, they look healthy too

sweet smelling
wonderful healing 
arnica returns

 this warm week will deepen springs growth 


Spring begins in shades of gold and brown

the day began like above
perfect for a wander about

I headed to the North Fork River
you can see our world is greening up slowly

 this is the Montana State Butterfly
Mourning Cloak Butterfly

 water flowing over rocks
soothing to watch
beautiful to see

lots of snow on the mountains
these are the trees, Cottonwood that burned long ago

naturally occurring zen garden

this week
for one day
this little yellow finch visited
such a joyous splash of color 


First Flowers this YEAR

wandered down the fairy steps
hoping to see my first flowers this year

their scent strong and sweet
do you know what kind they are? 
i don't

(if you can ID for me, I will send you 5x7 inch photo from my shop, your choice) 
if it helps: another post on them here 
Flowers have been identified in the comments by Arija! 
Thank you so much!

along with flowers were budding maple wings

sprouting on the creek's bank

new spring life
a joy to espy

and then the climb back up the fairy steps

glimpses of spring
a photo of these flowers from a previous year with leaves beginning