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



Thaw and Freeze

another trip to the park,
Glacier National Park

winter ice is starting to melt
offering views of the rocks below

(above photo)
water so clear..... 
presenting all the beautiful colors

each visit
each hour
offers unique sights

that change with the wind and sun

thaw and freeze of winter snow and ice is
an early Spring theme

offering amazement to those that wander 
gander at the details



When the Sun shines on Us

when the sun comes out

I haven't seen an icy shore like this for a while

which creates wonderfully artful details

offer a double dose of beauty

ice, sunlight and colorful rocks under water
are eye candy that touches the soul



Ice Crystal Realm

a few nights ago
it was clear and cold (5F)
mist rose from meadows

meandered through the branches of trees
inspiring ice crystals to grow

the trees fingers touched the earth buried in crystalline mounds of snow

sunlight arrived
showing off the night fairies work

every little branch was kissed with magic and delight 
until the sun arrived 
and kissed them with the warmth of light

daytime temperatures are 40F+
gentle rainfall begins the winter thaw 
that will eventually welcome spring 

my roof of winter's snow has come crashing down
it will be a while 
before i see the first flower bloom



Winter Glimpses

we love our little winter chickadees
this one
black-capped chickadee

sometimes are winter sky is like above
daydream inspiring

sometimes peace inspiring:

we are still bundled under a deep blanket of snow

which makes tracking so much fun
who walked over the bridge during the night:

the little nuthatch has its down fluffed up:

winter glimpses