Interesting, artful and near otherworldly Details

interesting spring details
of our common juniper bushes

these are the male flowers

 intimate glimpse of horsetail

umbrella liverwort
before the umbrellas grow

the umbrellas
liverworts are among the oldest terrestrial plants on earth



First Hike of the Season

5.5 miles
up up up
rewarded with this view

(I am still sore, two days later)

the path varied
though mostly walking under the heat of the sun
there was some bits of forest

treasures along the way
(the colors of this little butterfly are so beautiful)
( I believe it is a puddling butterfly, little, do you know what it is called?)
the meeting of a river and creek
bath in gentle light

a glimpse
up close
of catkins

spring's beauty
blue sky
white clouds
new life abounds

promise of summer berries 

a beautiful day in the mountains
Apgar lookout trail
Glacier National Park



Sunbathers ~

I rarely find white shooting stars
seeing them is like finding this treasure

I think the above photo shows so well 
their name
Stars flying in different directions

even from behind they look like a celebration of life

truly petite little beings

when the sun comes out
sunbathers rise from the water 
to soak up warmth

the little fairyslipper from my last post
has opened all the way
I visit it once in a while
(with bear spray on my belt, as we have evidence of a grizzly)

this lovely winged creature
landed on my finger 3 times
I felt honored
Spring is picking up momentum!



Calypso bulbosa

an early arrival

they usually don't bloom for a couple or few more weeks
in my little snow belt area

but there it was

a little Fairyslipper
Calypso Bulbosa
wild orchid
nearly open
bathing in forest light