Friday, May 29, 2009

Live Your Art

Art is the means we have of undoing the damage of haste.
It's what everything else isn't.
Theodore Roethke
art is whatever you do with all your heart!
do it now!
go look in the mirror and say, "I am an artist!"

Thursday, May 28, 2009


Sharing my dishwashing view
through the kitchen window
Out into the green
Little bottles that I can't resist
Filled with little blue forget-me-nots
swizzle sticks and pretty stones

Friday, May 22, 2009

Kootenai Falls ii

Looking down the log.
Violets in the rock cliffs.

Arrowleaf balsam root.

A sun bathing snake.
I wish my camera could have captured the beautiful red striping this snake had.
She was a healthy and well fed creature!

Kootenai Falls

The top of the Falls.
This log has been here for years, it is all white and weathered.

The arrowleaf balsam root is blooming.
So are violets and syringa.
The water is very high.
The nights have finally warmed up so the snow is melting in the high country.
We spent a long time just hiking around and looking at things,
soaking in the sun and the mist.
It was a gorgeous interlude on a fine spring day!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Winter Above, Spring Below

I walk often; I try for everyday.
This day was nice off and on but there had been rain.
Here is how my walk was.....
birdsong, the smells of budding and blooming things,
rushing water...
Then I look up at the mountains and see,
Fresh Snow!
In late May!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

communication ii

remember, communication is not always speaking, making noise, it is gesture, attitude, touch....
be aware of how you communicate.


when i walk i think about a lot of things.
lately i was thinking how fragile communication is.
how our own narrow focus can eliminate the opportunity of understanding others.
or ourselves.
or anything for that matter.
are we listening to ourselves enough to hear our own true voice?

Monday, May 11, 2009

Front Porch

The light and the mood were just so nice today from this angle that I snapped a foto.
I love having the outdoors as additions to our living space now!
One of the joys of spring (summer and fall)!
We eat outside most the time now and that is nice.
Dinner by the koi pond!

Friday, May 8, 2009

What smells like a skunk?

Yep! Skunk Cabbage! Isn't it pretty?! ...and the unfurling ferns on the stream bank? Wow!
What a gorgeous day!
However, while taking these fotos I sunk my right foot deep into the mire and it came out covered with muck up to my knees. I had to wash it off in the creek and walk home with one wet foot!
This is a foto of pretty moss, but if you really look closely, you might be able to detect a trillium in the foreground. That moss covered cottonwood trunk was just so pretty today! (did you look close at the fotos and see the stream hiding behind the subjects?)

And as you can see, it was snowing up high on the mountain, but nice down where I was wandering. This kind of weather always makes for dramatic light....I wish I was a good enough fotograffer to capture the magic of said light!

Monday, May 4, 2009


.....has come into town
in her yellow petticoat
and her green gown!"

Friday, May 1, 2009

What is Beltane?

Beltane marks the passage into the growing season, the immediate rousing of the earth from her gently awakening slumber, a time when the pleasures of the earth and self are fully awakened. It signals a time when the bounty of the earth will once again be had. May is a time when flowers bloom, trees are green and life has again returned from the barren landscape of winter, to the hope of bountiful harvests, not too far away, and the lighthearted bliss that only summer can bring.

Beltane A.K.A May Day

Mike and I took a picnic dinner and headed off to this spot in the woods that I had discovered and wanted to show him. It was a gorgeous day, perfect for a picnic and we haven't had a picnic
in ages! We had to hike in to this spot, but it was a short hike and well worth it. There is not a trail, but there is a primitive road that you can follow part of the way.
I saw my first Glacier Lily (the yellow one) and my first Trillium (white one) of the season today!
I LOVE May Day!
The Lake in the distance is Bull Lake. Grogeous isn't it!?