Celebrating our Earth

we call them Yellow Bells
they grow in prairie land

I live in the forest and mountains
so it is always a journey to see them

some have red rings around them
some do not

on my way to look for flowers
I stopped in a forest
and found this beautiful rock
I am told that copper makes these color

I have been exploring the tiny world of lichen and moss
often raindrops are involved

I noticed that teeny tiny moss had little egg shaped capsules
a new sighting:

a closer glimpse:

our amazing planet
endless intriguing life to explore
learn from

Happy Earth Day!



Pasque flower

drove an hour north
nearly to Canada
to find 
some of the first spring flowers

in years past I drove over the Rocky Mountains
to be in their presence
(a longer, yet beautiful drive)

imagine the delight to see the Pasque flower
lightly scattered over the prairie like land

bathing in sunlight

 being pollinated by fury bees

rising from the earth
after a long winters sleep

the joy of flowers 
has touched the land





here in the NW corner of Montana
flowers are not blooming

but some lichen are looking magical!

these sticks are about 1/4 inch think
my eyes can not see these amazing details
they look more like yellow and green fuzz to me

the earthy sage greens
golds are thrilling

cup like saucers intriguing

wood with algae, lichen and perhaps the large leaves are liverworts?

 two hours south of here
I did see my first wildflowers of the year!
 jagged chickweed

our meadows 
are lakes at the moment
abundant with water birds

is a magical time in the little details

if you know what any of the lichen or liverwort are
I would love for you to tell me. 
So much to learn!