5.23.2018

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
rest
breath
bath in gentle light


a glimpse
up close
of catkins


spring's beauty
blue sky
white clouds
and 
new life abounds


promise of summer berries 
(huckleberries)


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

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5.09.2018

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!

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5.05.2018

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

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4.26.2018

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


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4.21.2018

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

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lovely days and nights to you
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