Out of the blue

What a pleasant surprise to find that the male Mountain Bluebirds have started to arrive even with a significant amount of snow covering the ground in most places. This “first of the year” bluebird does indeed signal that spring has sprung and their arrival was indeed out of the blue.

Just look at all that blue it is amazing.

Nothing to see here


A male Ringed Neck Pheasant struts his stuff on a sunny March afternoon. A nice large group sure did add color to the rapidly melting grain field on a late winter day.

For such big birds in open fields these guys always seem tough to photograph. Always moving and understandably a bit skittish.

Listening to shadows


Listening to the light as it peeks into forests that were dark as night only weeks ago.


Hearing shadows say a new season is on the way.


Light and dark meet to melt creeks.



With brighter light comes brighter shadows.


Cold snow and warm shadows bring a treat to end the day.



It was a fifty-fifty day.

We skied in clouds that threatened but never brought snow. Drove through sunny skies when were expecting snow and just when we thought the we would miss out on the storms the clouds rolled in fast yet blue sky remained above.

A beautiful way to end the day with the sagebrush glowing and winds blowing in a fresh layer of snow.