Sunday, April 29, 2012

Barkin' Mad

Great texture, this.
Tree Bark
Found on a walk around my neighborhood. 

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Saturday, April 28, 2012

The Eagle

While in Nelson, British Columbia, Canada 
celebrating our 21st wedding anniversary,
Dale and I spent an afternoon at Lakeside Park.
Eagle Totem
It's a beautiful place on on the shore 
of the West Arm of Kootenay Lake.
Among other sites, a towering totem pole.
I took this picture of the eagle by
 holding my phone's camera tipped over my shoulder.
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Friday, April 27, 2012

With a Single Stroke

It seems like the sun came out
and with a single stroke
painted the town in whites, pinks, yellows, oranges
Color Me Blue
and baby blues
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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Deeper in the Wood

Further down the path at Kiwanis Park
the trees are budding
White Bud
Pops of pink and white
amid the pine
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Wednesday, April 25, 2012


I took a walk on a back trail
through Kiwanis Park this afternoon.

Mossy Stump

There are wonders in the underbrush.
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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Must Be Raindrops

A big wind and rain storm blew through the valley
in the middle of the night.
Jewels from the Storm
Raindrops clung to the rim of the 
table on our backyard's deck
glimmering in morning light.

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Monday, April 23, 2012

Idaho Green

I took this photo last summer ...
Pastorale Portrait

It's finally starting to look this green again. Hooray!
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Sunday, April 22, 2012

Idaho Wildlife Area

This has been the most glorious weekend in north Idaho! Dale and I had a great balance of working and loving and organizing and playing in the dirt and eating yummy food and watching a period-piece BBC series and riding the backroads in the convertible. We also did a little geocaching while on the road.

We decided to find the cache hidden in the woods near the shore of the Pend Orielle river, just east of the small town of Priest River. G.Twigs went with us. That crazy giraffe decided to check out the gunshot holes on the sign.

It was a gorgeous sunshiny day in the upper 70s -- the warmest day of 2012 so far. The sky was so clear we could see the mountains on the Idaho/Montana border. Here we are on the north shore of the Pend Orielle River, looking west toward Priest River.

Here, we're looking east upriver. If you keep going this direction and you'll find Lake Pend Orielle.

We didn't see a lot of wildlife on the refuge today. It was mid-afternoon, so not prime feeding time. But we did see evidence of waterfowl. In a shallow depression on the rocky shore, we spotted this goose egg.

 This is as close to a goose-egg that we had this weekend. On a scale of 0 to 10, this weekend rates a 9.98!

Friday, April 20, 2012

Thursday, April 19, 2012

A Violet Wash

I went for a walk in the woods this afternoon.
The Violet Wood 
The forest floor is strewn with purple.
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Monday, April 16, 2012

Spring Sky

It's a lovely time of year in North Idaho!
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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Visit My Family's Blogs

I cordially invite you to visit a couple blogs written by my daughters!

The first is Impact Northwest. This blog was started as part of Jodie's Reporting class at Oregon State University. In it, she'll report on green news and trends. She wants to help you make small changes that lead to a more sustainable lifestyle.

The second, AuralArtists, is a blog that I'm writing in collaboration with all three of my daughters. Because a common love of creating beautiful work holds us together, we decided to give each other creative challenges. One of us comes up with an idea, then we each create a project using that idea and a theme of our choosing. So our challenges will be full of hearts, spectrums, growing things and polka dots.

I have great pride in watching my daughters grow into beautiful, intelligent, active young women. I hope you'll enjoy peeking into their world by "Following" these blogs.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Reaching for Light

The calender says Spring
but the snow returned.
This lone crocus isn't giving up,
Reaching for Light

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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Bouncy Balls

Another sure sign of Spring?
Playground balls for kids are on sale at the grocery store!
Bouncy Balls

This year the balls are full of sparkles!
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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Crocus at Twilight

Look what popped up in our Corner of Hope this week!
Crocus at Twilight

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