Montana Outdoors

May 16, 2007

Along a small stream

This afternoon I took a short walk through the thick stand of trees and brush near a small mountain stream near my home. Monday while cutting firewood I rather severely strained a few muscles and as for most of the aches and pains associated with being an old gaffer, the most effective remedy is some good exercise. That’s my excuse.

As with all trips into the natural world, there were beautiful things awaiting anyone with the willingness to see them. Sometimes I simply follow the trails of the wild things and just float along wherever they go. It’s always a fascinating way to spend a few hours, or a few days, or whatever amount of time is available.

Nature loves to adorn Herself with color, and doesn’t always choose blossoms as Her medium. Today it was a fungus. It’s hard to imagine more color in one small area than this. For a size reference, the dead Fir tree that provides sustenance for this fungus is about 2 feet in diameter.

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It was also this little butterfly. It’s slightly larger than a quarter, but has the ability to produce an interesting effect with blue.

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And this little guy, nickel sized, but hard to miss because it chose a rather bright orange jacket to wear.

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And finally, a pattern of spots with a few dashes of color in this dollar-sized soft, delicate little aircraft.

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