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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7.13.2017

Summer of Flowers



we hiked up up UP
into the mountains


shoulder high
beargrass bloomed


even the old timers are saying they have never seen such a grand show
of
beargrass


at the pass we headed down to a lake


due to being high in the mountains
we found spring flowers in summer!


the earth was 
golden in flowers
Glacier lilies


it was a 12 hour adventure
and 
12 miles (19km) of hiking
we were whooped

yet the flowers enlivened our spirits

Flower Power

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7.02.2017

Spotted Saxifrage


thrilled to see these cliff dwellers


high in the mountains they thrive


their details can only be seen
if one pauses
gets down on their knees

lemon, tangerine and crimson

Spotted Saxifrage

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6.25.2017

Endless Beauty


walking at the feet of stone cathedrals
through fields of flowers
and
proud trees

 
inspires sighs
adjusting ones breath
to open ones heart
to meet your beauty


flowers galore
(beargrass)


not to forget
the magical details


natures perfect art


and
glorious water falling

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6.21.2017

Summer Begins


I headed to the mountains for
Summer Solstice 


enjoyed 
patches of tiny twinflowers


frothed-up plant sap
made by the froghopper bug
quit magical looking up close


the clouds
appeared and disappeared 
throughout the day
moody or bright


larkspur often look as though they are dancing
to me


these flowers, dogbane,
seem to be celebrating life


spring did not offer many mushroom sightings
yet
there were a family of these
on an old dead log
love how they came up through bug holes


heading home....


one poppy bud this year
it bloomed on Summer Solstice!
Exquisite!

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Lovely Summer to you All!
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6.15.2017

Dear Deer


oh my
the dear deer!


just a few days ago
I spotted these two heading across my yard


this little one must have been 
just born
that morning
or during the night

it was so tiny
yet so alive
alert
full of instincts and inborn knowledge

such a joy to see!

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6.05.2017

Baby Ground Squirrels


Walking across my yard
which is meadow land at the edge of forest 


hoping to photograph dragon and damselflies with my macro lens

when I noticed movement


though they were very aware
they didn't seem to notice me
maybe they thought me a tree


they wandered into the sunlight
near my feet


foraging 
for greens


a couple of them came quite close 


this photo is to show you how small they look


I don't think mamma would be to happy with how close they came to me

soon she will have them trained to be more careful

~
I hope you enjoyed these wee critters
they are much better in photos than digging holes in one's yard!
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5.28.2017

Meadow Life


a neighbor called
said: come on down
I have a grizzly and her cubs in the meadow




we sat in chairs from a great distance 
and watched

then they stepped into the forest
~
we also saw a robin pulling a huge worm from the earth


It is so beautiful these days


winter seems far behind us

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5.20.2017

Calypso bulbosa


it is fairy slipper season 


they rise from a tangle on the forest floor


one here, two there
like magic 

wild orchids


cloaked in raindrop gems


the lovely 
Calypso bulbosa

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