Bone Dry

Starting out on foot on a trail we would usually be cross country skiing at this time of year. Needless to say that while the mountain tops are indeed covered in snow things below are still bone dry. Nonetheless it was a nice hike as that harsh and contrasty solstice light provided just enough warmth to keep us marching along.

Big views of distant peaks and a canyon where the Yellowstone river flows.

Dry grass and a rock lined ridge pointed the way as a late morning start quickly dissolved into afternoon.

Long shadows on a short day as we wound are way back home.

Bone dry but we hope that all changes soon.

what’s lost

Reflecting on a summer that seemed to come and go and somehow felt like it did not exist. There were photos taken that prove it real but even these feel like a dream.

Walks were walked and thoroughly enjoyed yet a nagging voice walked the trail with us. Silent at times and other times loud. A whisper at time and other a shout…..What’s lost may never be found.

Yes, much can be lost in a very short time and now nowhere to run.

Summer Days

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While spending time ogling the wildflower patches in front of us we almost forgot to turn around and breathe in the pure cloudless sky and wonderful mountain ridge behind us.

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An evening storm passes by bringing thunder but no rain on the mountain peak just across the way.

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A classic summer cumulus just seemed to hang over this rock formation from early afternoon until evening.

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The setting sun still shining out the mountains ever so close but still far away.

Summer days seem so few.

Empty the bucket

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We all need just a wee bit of time to empty the bucket before it overflows and makes a mess on the floor.

A bit of time to let your brain drain of that endless stream of information you have taken. Information we cannot process or act on to slip away.

Just a few minutes to shut off the flow and open the drain.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend.

 

 

As Spring Begins

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As spring begins snow still blankets the landscape. Yet it is not mid-winter snow. Transformed by wind and sun and then the cold of night this was a day to wander along and enjoy the season before it’s gone.

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Wind and sun and even more wind have given this snow covered hill a dune like quality.

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On this day the wind blew strong yet the sun was warm as we made our way along the trail and softening the thin veil of clouds along the distant horizon line.

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Streams began to flow some exposed and running free while others were still hidden beneath a blanket of snow.

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A seasons long drift formed what we called the ear.

BW_snowscapes_g To end the day the wind bid us adieu while crossing a final open valley as spring begins yet winter remain.

Have a wonderful weekend.