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



when the sun nears the horizon
 mountains reflect on an icy lake 
ones breath gentles 
light becomes a healing balm


icy angel wings 

they were invisible to the ordinary eye
but the lake knew they were there
the wind also

the wind stirred the lake waters
sprayed it on the wings
 so that we can see them in the form of ice 
tuck their beauty into our heart for ever more

we went to lake McDonald
on the eve of my birthday
lovely to say goodbye to my year with the setting of the sun



Considering Love

natures lovely hearts
this one dressed in 

through time
a peachy rock
is shaped as a heart

forest fungi
forms as a heart

ice crystals
live in my heart

we all love our little birds
that stay all winter
singing through our milky gray days
(mountain chickadee)

I don't collect heart rocks
(except as photos)
but when I find heart shapes in nature
they do inspire a smile

 last week the sun came out
inspiring pine grosbeak to bath in the creek

you might want to click to see the wee film in full screen
sorry i could not hold the camera still with the lens zoomed out

the males are red and females gold
such a dear sight

lovely day of love to you