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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5.12.2017

The presence of Spring


I have found a morel mushroom
one here
one there
not many
still a joy to see


:details of a cedar leaf, enchanting


: forest trillium
thriving under the mighty forest
bathing in gentle sunlight


a polypore begins to grow
most likely a Red Belted conk:


upstream
snow melt filling the creek 
singing to the forest:


water dancing over stones
racing down the mountain:
 

 


listen quietly
and
one can hear the world growing
creating
a fantastic song of a new season 
 
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5.06.2017

Spring


drove and hiked hoping to see
Spring Beauties
at first I thought I was too early in the season
once one was spied
I noticed they were sprinkled throughout the meadow


our first forest flower
 the lovely yellow violet


I love watching things turn green
sprout leaves
the sun warming our world

this last winter my walking bridge died
last week I made a new one
felt like a nice accomplishment


I have a huge plum colored bolder in my yard
after the rain
the lichen turns this wonderful color


here and there 
are mushrooms
full of fun character
another sign of a new season


the setting sun inspires pause

soaring as the sun sets
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4.21.2017

Celebrating our Earth


we call them Yellow Bells
they grow in prairie land

I live in the forest and mountains
so it is always a journey to see them


some have red rings around them
some do not


on my way to look for flowers
I stopped in a forest
and found this beautiful rock
I am told that copper makes these color


I have been exploring the tiny world of lichen and moss
often raindrops are involved


I noticed that teeny tiny moss had little egg shaped capsules
a new sighting:


a closer glimpse:


our amazing planet
endless intriguing life to explore
enjoy
respect
and 
learn from
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Happy Earth Day!
(everyday)

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4.17.2017

Pasque flower


drove an hour north
nearly to Canada
to find 
some of the first spring flowers


in years past I drove over the Rocky Mountains
to be in their presence
(a longer, yet beautiful drive)



imagine the delight to see the Pasque flower
lightly scattered over the prairie like land


bathing in sunlight


 being pollinated by fury bees


rising from the earth
after a long winters sleep

the joy of flowers 
has touched the land

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