On Butterfly Hill.

BFHill_1

Butterfly hill is a place not so far away where an old mine seepage trickles water from the side of the hill, and perhaps minerals, which seems to attract butterflies from near and far.

BFHill_2

BFHill_3

We have seen many varieties of butterflies there and we present a smattering, or perhaps better said, a sampling, of a few of these beautiful insects.

BFHill_4

BFHill_5

BFHill_6

A nice spot to just sit and watch things happen for both butterfly and humans.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Yellow

Yellow_1
Mostly yellow and just a touch of green on a cloudy spring afternoon.

Yellow_2

Yellow bells ringing and although short and sometimes hidden in the grass they make a statement that is always bold.

Yellow_3

Arrow-leaf Balsamroot is just now riding into town and when in full abundance paints the fields with that sunny shade of yellow.

Yellow_4

Now on the wane yet still holding on the Biscuit root is one of those flowers inside a flower inside a flower. Fascinating to look at from macro to micro and back again.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Early Risers

WEarly_riser_3

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.

Early_riser_1

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.

Early_riser_4Early_riser_2

A late winter bouquet

WFMC_200
A midwinter monochrome bouquet picked from a selection of last summers wildflowers. Distant  yet still fresh in our minds.

WFMC_201

This years crop will be poking up in the blink of an eye as the sun rises higher in the sky with each passing day and will appear, not in monochrome but full color, and after a long cold winter  a little color is a fine thing.

WFMC_202
WFMC_203
WFMC_204
WFMC_205

Enjoy the silence as spring will be hear soon.

Inching Along

inching_along_1

Bringing a warm welcome to the start of another wintery month a Caterpillar inches along. We are inching are way though winter, and enjoying every moment of it, yet just like this caterpillar will emerge as a wonderful butterfly (or perhaps a moth) spring will be here in the blink of an eye. So get out and enjoy that snow before it’s melted and gone away.

inching_along_2
inching_along_3

Happy Friday, welcome to February and have a wonderful weekend.
inching_along_4

More Mantids

We recently came across numerous mantids in a field of golden fall grasses near us. These Mantids dressed in gold were so well camouflaged they were hard to see at all. It was only when they took flight we were able to follow them to their landing spots and get a good glimpse of these wonderful insects. A fun way to spend a bit of time on an Autumn afternoon.

Have a wonderful weekend.