In Search of the First Wildflowers

we found our first wildflowers of the year 
(by driving over an hour north)
as well as
an emerald colored native bee! 

 the earth had but tiny blades of grass appearing amongst 
the pine needle strewn forest floor

yet the lovely pasqueflowers hold their heads high
celebrating life

here and there a 
scattering of lovely yellow bells

after a long winter
these first flowers
fill ones heart with joy

a new season is ours to embrace



More from the Tiny World

standing above
it nearly looks like a cream colored rock with dark specks

kneeling to look closely
macro lens helps
an intricate world of detail

I wonder if this is what is meant (in the title of the book) Mycelium Running
it appears to be going from the stick to the leaf
(thank goodness for the decomposers of our world)

 don't you want to touch it ;-)
soft little moss sculpture
like something from manicured garden

a magical threshold 
to a underworld home

snow is melting 
meadows that will later be grasslands
are now shallow lakes

I saw my first butterfly 
of the year

it really is heartwarming to note the small details
of a new season

indeed, nature is a spirit helper

lovely days and nights to you


Magical realm of Lichen

these colors!

striking designs
and colors

like an island
of wonder

many kinds
look like
living art

I still have a foot of snow at my place
yet daily the rings of earth around trees grow larger
winter is thawing into spring
 the creek sings 
day and night

wandering around boulders
a delightful miniature world
of lichen thriving

macro lens and the details spring to sight

lichen will hold me over until the world turns green
mushrooms and flowers abound