You Know It’s Spring… [№ 3]


when you look at your collection of shoes (mukluks, Xtra Tuffs,  Tevas, ski boots, winter mountaineering boots) and gloves (fleece, neoprene, GoreTex, wool mittens) and decide to go with the Tevas and no gloves to go on a bike ride to town to pay your taxes.

Hallelujah, it’s tax season. Take my hard earned money and spend it on a beautiful wall.

Happy Easter!

“The art of taxation consists of plucking the goose so as to obtain the most feathers with the least hissing.”

Jean-Baptiste Colbert

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You Know It’s Spring… [№ 2]

when you open your pantry and you realize the selection of delicious jam from last years berry harvest is dwindling. And those jars of dried mushrooms are disappearing, too.

There is still plenty of salmon in the freezer, but the next spawning season is months away. Around goes the cycle of consumption and replenishment .

Appreciating everything nature has to offer.

“Nature’s first green is gold.”

Robert Frost



Yellow skunk cabbage, Lysichiton americanum



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You Know It’s Spring…

when the first mosquito shows up in your home. That day was yesterday. After a pest-free winter I noticed the first large mosquito of the season,

then another,

and another.

Out of the blue I had 20 or so of these buggers in the house. Where did they come from? I had no idea. They are the big, slow kind. Easy to swat, not making the annoying buzzing sound. Wiki says there are mosquito species that hibernate as adults in crevices and come out as soon as the temps go up. Maybe I have those…

Happy Easter!

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2015 was good!

No matter what happened.

There are always ups and downs.

Appreciate what you have.

Looking forward to 2016.

Happy New Year!


Summer Farewell – № 1

Summer’s gone
Gone like yesterday
The nights grow cold
It’s time to go
I’m thinking maybe I’ll just stay

The Beach Boys

Like a horse thief, without announcement, summer has gone, opening the door for the colder and darker fellows of the year. Poppies have dropped their vibrant, fragile petals.

Fireweed, long gone. Their seed pods are exploding.

Cruise ships decided to stay at sea, rather than attempting to dock in high winds.

And at night it is getting dark, really dark.

I know all this is accelerating now. Turkeys beware, time for Christmas gifts and New Years resolutions. Tell me it ain’t so.

Just when I got used to it, my good friend summer goes on vacation.

Well, you have been good to us this year. Don’t be a stranger. See you next year.

On second thought, it’s spring time somewhere in the Southern hemisphere…

Into the Wild

Rainy day images

It was wet and windy for a couple of days, so I had time to work on some images. One evening the storm started to move out. The foothills sparkled in the late sunlight with a shroud of menacing clouds in the mountains. Two rainy days came to an end. The world looked gray with a few rays of hope. Was that in my head or was it real? With that in mind, I came up with three variations of the same image…

You be the judge.

Spring Storm

Spring Storm 2

Spring Storm 3