Whispers in green

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Yellow whispers in a big old sea of green.

That is what this Yellow Columbine felt like on a recent hike into the forests nearby. A rainier than typical spring and early summer has the forest looking green as green can be and even a large patch of Columbine growing strong could only mustard a whisper in that sea of green yet sometimes a whispers is all you need.

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Forest Treasures

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Finding wild Orchids growing in the forest always feels like finding a little treasure, a treasure offered by the forest itself. Sometimes the treasure is small and hidden deep in the undergrowth as was the fairy slipper above.

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Other times the treasure sits alone in the forest waiting for you to some along as this spring coral root did on recent day.

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And every once in awhile the treasure sings out to you saying look at me as the Striped Coralroot has a habit to do.Treasures_4Any time I find these orchids growing in the forest it does indeed feel like finding a small treasure that brightens the day.

Good Evening

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Hello Mr Grosbeak what a big bill you have.

The Evening Grosbeaks have made an extended appearance this spring and we are enjoying seeing them in the trees nearby. Such a large finch (about 6.5-7.0″), that imposing beak and so darn colorful they really stand out compared to the other birds in the Finch family that typically hang out in our forests like the demure (5″) Pine Siskin and slightly larger (6″) Cassins Finch.

Early Risers

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Spring has come late this year. With a late April round of snow and subfreezing temperatures to a wetter and colder than typical May. By Memorial Day the Glacier Lillies and Shooting Stars have typically given way to other spring wildflowers but not this year. They are still abundant and fresh.

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While the rest of springs basket is starting to burst forth into bloom I am always thankful for these two early risers that signal spring is indeed here and especially this year.

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Wood Thrush

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For me the Wood Thrush is a bird I may often hear but seldom seem. Hanging out in those forests deep with green and hidden out of sight they have such a wonderful song. After listening to his song for several minutes this Wood Thrush flew out and landed on a post in a clearing for a minute or two before retuning back into the woods. Love the pudgy belly on this one.

 

For the next couple of weeks we will be posting some of our favorite posts from the past as we take a small respite from the digital world.

like tentacles

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There are times when it feels like the limbs of trees are reaching out like tentacles not to capture you but draw you in to the forest. To spend some time and keep those old trees company.

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To do a little dance and move through the forest without noise.

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To summon you up into the tree tops and breathe in the air.

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just like tentacles.

We are responsible for protecting what is left

http://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-07183-6

The article above shows that 70% of the remaining wild lands in the world are contained in just five countries. Those of us who live in any of those five countries need to take action in any way we can to help protect those remaining wild lands.  Life depends on it.

The Center for Large Landscape Conservation, the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative, Wildlands Network, and the Half Earth Project are just a handful of organizations working to preserve what is left of the wonderful planet. Please consider supporting any organizaiton you find in your country that is working to support conservation of wildlands.