The First Rose of Summer!

I saw it today, at the bottom of the lawn blooming inconspicously where the mowed meets the wild. The first rose of summer!

Meanwhile in the forest out back God’s glory is unfolding in the wee things that spring up unattended…

Calypso Orchids, just inches tall, spring up in cheery trailside patches.

On a slope above this mountain stream I had a long sit one morning…

At my side dainty blossoms hung in the protection of bristly spines…

Traipsing off to find a new trail home I found Blue Clematis dancing in the woods–lovely wild things!

And once again the beginnings of domesticated beauties grace my own doorstep…

 

Needless to say, I am delighted to see flowers returning!

–LS

 

Drive-by Snapshots of Spring Coming and Going…

Whew! We took a week’s vacation and did a whirlwind tour-de-kids-and-grandkids…

And with it we got to fast-forward the coming of spring, leaving receding ice and the sprigs of larch just barely sprouting…

to follow the highway to the coast and to spring fully sprung!

It was glorious!

Then we headed a day’s drive North…

to visit two more grands and their parents!

 

   

Here spring was just getting started, and the blush of a new lawn sprouting was cause enough for joy!

But the weather was warm enough to drag out the water toys and to have a pretend picnic too!

Very shortly it was time to hit the road for the daytrip home via Jasper and the fabled Columbia Icefields…

I was not sorry to leave the snow and ice behind and arrive home to find our own grass had greened in our absence and grown enough to mow.  And just maybe, the next pictures I take will be of flowers on my doorstep!

Thanks for stopping by to share our trip ( :  I hope you are enjoying whatever stage of spring you find yourself in.

–LS

O sing unto the LORD a new song: sing unto the LORD, all the earth. Ps. 96:1 KJV

 

All this beauty right under our noses…

Well it’s just a little crazy that summer 2017 is history! But it has been a fabulously warm one here for us with deliciously record-breaking heat just perfect for somebodies that find themselves a little too far north for real comfort.

This morning drizzle turned to snow for a bit, so I think we can safely suppose that any brave flowers still out there won’t last long.  The elk have yet to come for the ones on my porch but this year I’m hoping they’ll come by and turn their fading remains into elk-fuel to spare me having to uproot them myself.

But before I lose the chance I wanted to post some pics from the Cascade Gardens in Banff.  We pedal to and from Banff quite often but have not slowed enough to notice all this beauty right under our noses. These gorgeous gardens are tucked around the Parks Canada Administrative Building, which is itself an impressive sight!  They made for a delightful end-of-day stroll.

And with these I bid summer 2017 farewell!

–LS

The grass withers and the flowers fade, but the word of our God stands forever. Is.40:8