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!


Ice Ice Baby

along the water's edge

find mystery and majesty

crystalline caverns that make one sing

miracles and frozen things

it's winter’s lovely paradise

along the water’s edge


Winter Outing

the winds blew
 creating waves on the lake
surface ice shattered into snow clad islands

in a similar way
artful ice formations came to life

it was a beautiful day at Lake McDonald

I was missing our colorful rocks
so beautiful when under ice and water

this day we were under storm warning
for clouds, snow and big winds

instead we were given a blue sky day
a perfect way to share my birthday with friends