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I’ve spent much of the first half of January right here. Staring at this screen. Rebuilding my website. It was a painful process – mentally and physically. Now it’s done. More or less. There’s always something more that could be done. And goodness knows, restoring all of those blog posts is on my ‘to do’ list. But for now it will have to wait. Take a look at Reflected Light Images if you are interested to see what I do when I’m not doing this other stuff.

There have been a few brilliantly sunny days but in general it’s been gray. There has been some new snow so skiing conditions are generally good whether for cross country or downhill. Ken and I made a trip to the Loup Loup Ski Bowl last weekend. It was a long ago gift from him to me and I was pleasantly surprised to find out I could still do it. Tomorrow I have a wedding to photograph at the Loup and I am feeling confident about my downhill skills and looking forward to another fun day.

Our dogs were invited to go a on walk to the river with our new little friend Red Molly last weekend. She is now nine weeks old and growing and changing so fast! In can you missed this post, you can see her at seven weeks old here.

Molly is happy, outgoing, inquisitive, smart and friendly. She quickly recognized Sky and Luna as dogs like her and was anxious to get to know them and their games better. Luna is more patient with the puppy. Sky is still learning how to act around her. I am sure that as the months go by, Sky and Molly will be good pals.

I walked my dogs with two friends and their dog, Bailey this morning at Big Valley. It was a rainy, kind of gray morning but not too cold. The dogs didn’t seem to mind and the rest of us were dressed appropriately for the weather. Bailey is a small dog and her thick coat sheds water. She never really got wet. Sky has taken over as star of the show and she is in just about all of the photos. Luna seems to steer away from the camera and lets Sky have her fifteen minutes of fame. We saw a pair of American Dippers in the river. Belted Kingfishers chattered back and forth and we saw a Bald Eagle fly overhead.

The girls and I went to Big Valley this afternoon for a walk in the woods. The snow has melted as fast as it arrived. Remember – we were walking all through January and part of February before the big snows finally fell on us and now the trail is dry and the cottonwoods are beginning to leaf out. No flowers up there yet but there will be soon. Big Valley was a good choice because I strained my lower back last Friday and only feel comfortable walking on level ground. Any hills or rough terrain are really challenging. The dogs and I need some exercise and Big Valley is good for all of us with easy access to the river for them to swim and birds for me to see and hear.

Luna and I walk on our hillside everyday. Sometimes we get away and walk other places. Spring is a season of change. Everyday, everywhere you look, you can see something new. Here are some images from recent walks.

 

This vernal pond above our house has not had water this year. By my reckoning, that makes this a dry year. Maybe today’s rain and snow will change that.

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Waterleaf is in full bloom now.

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It’s a ground-hugging, diminutive plant.

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Up valley, I found the spring beauty to be far more pink than around here.

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This snag is a great wildlife tree. It has lots of cavities for cavity-nesting birds and mammals.

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An interesting fungus

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And another one

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Luna found this last patch of snow and rolled around in it.

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Balsamroot

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At the Suspension Bridge along the Methow Community Trail. Compare it to how it looked the last time I went skiing on March 9.

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Looking up river

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And down river

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There is a series of William Stafford poems in the Methow. This one is at the Suspension Bridge.

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Back at home, the serviceberry is finally blooming. When I drove through Wenatchee on April 1, it was already in full bloom.

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Here is a batch of tiny tent caterpillars in the bitterbrush.

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Bluebells have been blooming for almost a month.

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A currant bush hugging an old lichen-covered fence post.

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