Autumn in Yellowstone Park

Autumn in Yellowstone Park
triple rainbow

Welcome to my house of sky

The sky is my roof in my favorite house--out and about in Nature--sun, snow, rain, warm days and cold. Everything about what is going on around me in fields and mountains and beside creeks is fascinating.

Here in my blog I will be sharing tidbits of what I am seeing - in my yard and on trips up trails and over into nearby Yellowstone National Park.

I hope you enjoy exploring with me.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

There's nothing quite like a little escape from spring snowscapes to enjoy a few warm days!
A short trip to Savannah, Ga -- and I was favored with azaleas, camellias, glossy leaves of southern magnolias, spanish moss, double crested cormorants, brown pelicans, great blue herons, green herons, black skimmers, least terns, and Forster's terns, cardinals, ospreys and even a few porpoises. What a feast for the eyes!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

valley of the wolves

Awesome day in the Lamar Valley of Yellowstone National Park--Red-tailed Hawk, pronhorns,
bison, a herd of cow elk and a small group of bulls, and 5 wolves! I feel so honored to experience
this sacred place

Monday, March 15, 2010

flying with eagles and butterflies

hiking along the Madison River - ribbon of sky reflected, bald eagles soaring
butterflies emerging-spots of orange and brown . No spring flowers yet, not even
the smallest trace of yellow

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Wild and Free

Bald eagles - inspiration. icons. beauty and majesty. We are so lucky here to be able to see
them. Be beneath their wings. Every day I am grateful when they show themselves to me.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Ocean worlds

It was a privilege last night to hear a talk by Dr. Sylvia A. Earle, a deep-ocean explorer. She came to Bozeman to give a Montana State University Friends of Stegner Lecture. Through her words and some film clips she showed us what is in our oceans, what we are doing to our oceans and how there is still hope to save all the living beings that depend on oceans for their lives, including humans. She is currently Explorer in Residence at the National Geographic Society. She has been
chief scientist for National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and was Time magazine's first
"Hero for the Planet." She has been inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Welcome Visitors

A covey of gray partridge greeted me this morning. They love dining on the ground around
our feeder. Northern Flicker, Downy and Hairy woodpeckers knock suet to the ground.
Eager finches and chickadees toss sunflower seeds all around as well. The covey has been
spending the winter around the common area in our neighborhood. There is plenty of cover in the spruces and clumps of shrubs

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Waiting for Spring

The mounds of snow are slowly retreating before days that are getting warmer bit by bit.
I can see frayed edges of grass that look like a bad hair day on an old man. It is
covered in mats of gray fungus like funky hair nets. The daffodils are still wrapped
tight in fists . No tip of green protrudes the ice cold garden earth. I long for yellow trumpets
that herald spring!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Dancing dragons

The fragment of a sinuous tango undulates through me. Only the press of dozens of children on holiday prevents the possibility of a duet.

A swiveling yellow eye stares at me through the wall separating water from air, fish from woman.
As I stare back, a strand of energy like spider's silk connects us. He has borrowed a crown from an elfin princess. His gown is adorned with leaf-like appendages. They drift downwards. They are held aloft. He moves by fluttering tiny fins at the top of his head, beside his gills and near the end of his body. I am held in his spell.

This leafy sea dragon and his companions in the tank at the Monterey Bay Aquarium blend almost perfectly into the kelp and sea grasses of their refuge. Miniature horse's heads nod in unison.
I long to dance with them.

And now I wish to learn to SCUBA dive and then travel half way around the world to Australia to see them in their element. One day I will.