there has been much fun and play around here lately (well, i s'pose there always is), and i've been more and more needing to bury myself deeply and thoroughly in Mama Nature's gifts.
i began my day with working on a house blessing.
gathering, reading, touching, inhaling... consuming!.
ivy, mullein, catnip, peppermint, yarrow,
lavender, chamomile, lemon balm, hyssop
sigh. how lovely.
the other grown-up began his day with settling in his desk to play with his new (father's day) neck-hackle...
ie - tying flies.
then it was time to pack up the books and other tools that might be needed for the day.
off to the wilds, then.
skulls, bat guano, blue bellies (fence lizards), hiking, a picnic lunch, desert wildflowers, swallow mud-and-spit nests...
just the thing!
up the canyon, then, for a bit of fishing and n_____-baby splashing
and inhaling and absorbing the willows. the willows are the mama's favorite.
further up a little way to hunt for snakes and to investigate the hot springs.
let's go all the way up, now, shall we?
to the top.
tag at mountain-top
... and heading back down
there are mountains made of conglomerate rock
and unbelievable views
and grandly-sized, glorious patches of red clover
and stones just waiting for skimmin'
and caddis larvae investigations -
admiring their ingenuity and ability to make stone and wood cases for themselves
and other critters, too.
and say "thank you"...
for that will certainly do.