9.13.2017

Tiny Puffballs


few flowers grace our world
as we enter the fungi season
(so glad there is always something to enjoy)


these are tiny fruiting puffballs


found at the base of my mountain ash tree


photographed on a smoky day
giving them an even richer color


I find each one to be a work of art
a small treasure to behold


Then one morning 
I woke to find a squirrel had eaten them all!

That is the task to enjoy the mushrooms before someone eats them. 

Most puffballs are edible for us and the deer and the squirrels
and
who knows who else. 

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9.05.2017

Owl Visit


The sound of squirrels warning the forest of danger. 

I looked up to see a Great Gray Owl glide over the pond to land on a stump. 

Sitting, looking around then hopped to the ground. 

Ripples danced through the ponds surface as the owl took a morning bath in shallow water. 

Then hopped back up on the stump, shaking this way and that. 

Lifting into the air, silently landing on a limb. 

Watch the video as it shakes and dries from it's bath. Then breaks a branch that is in it's way. In the smoky morning air (see golden smoky light on it's back).


video



  I got to sit and watch for 45 min. As this owl was in no rush to leave. 




it knew I was there
but 
did not seem to care


flying further away
down to the earth near a creek
for a drink
~
It is super smoky these days
so many wildfires
the owl was a wonderful experience 
among our hard to breath days

 a glimpse:

and


I am hearing that the fires will not be out
until
the snow falls
~
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8.21.2017

Solar Eclipse


Today was the full solar eclipse. 
Where I live, NW Montana, the eclipse was only partial. 
I did not have special glasses to watch the moon cloak the suns light, 
still I wanted to be outside under the veiling light. 

The light did change, 
a bit like the world looks with sunglasses on, less bright, a bit darker, a softness to life’s edges. 

I walked around the forest and meadow coming to our dirt road where the shadows of the alder trees danced on the ground.  


I noticed the shapes of the shadows!


it was the eclipse painted on the earth over and over again


so that is where I stopped to watch the veiling and unveiling of the sun


 as the minutes passed
the light crescent shapes grew larger
as the moon passed between the sun and us


the shadows were expressed a bit different
through the giant spruce tree


I was delighted and kissed with awe


endlessly nature offers magic for us to discover


the moon had nearly passed the sun above


last I looked
full circles of light danced on the road

the fullness of the sun's light 
has returned to our day

~
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8.10.2017

August in the Park


at the top of the mountains
flowers are still blooming


colors seem to be softening under the heat of summer's sun


greens
blues
and 
clear waters
sooth the heat of the days


clouds dance along the peaks
as though they are the mountain's breath


daydream beautiful

~
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7.19.2017

Rainbow Lake


Rainbow lake was the destination
 (no rainbow, but look at those blues!)


we traveled through endless flowers


flowers feel like a  glorious celebration  
of life


every once in a while
I looked up
to see a beautiful blue sky
with dancing clouds passing by


met a new flower:
mountain sandwort
it is tiny


on the drive
I found a baby grouse on one side of the road


mamma on the other

so I waited and watched the youngster cross 
and 
off they walked into the woods

a lovely day long outing

~
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