Sunday, April 29, 2012

Spring Snow

Photo by Ken W. Hall
It snowed this past week.  Ken just sent me this lovely photo he took on Friday.  Of course, it is spring and the temperatures are too warm for the snow to stick around.  The weather man is predicting more rain this week and highs in the fifties and sixties.

Our little town is waking up as everyone prepares for the return of our summer visitors.  Part-time residents are arriving.  Businesses closed for the winter are preparing to open as well as new business eager to see what the summer holds. 

Spring is a wonderful time of year here in Ennis.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Warm Spring

Photo by Penny Hall
Saturday we had dinner with friends.  It was a clear and beautifully calm day.  The high was in the seventies.  Many of the guests were talking about the snow and blizzard conditions they experienced last year on the same day.  What a difference.

It rained a little last night and looks as if we may get more this evening.  The wind is blowing strong and as you can tell from the photo I took of the Madison River it looks like we might get more this evening.

Ken has been working with the soil in our little garden space.  We are almost ready to put some seeds in the ground.  There have been lots of years we might have waited until later in May due to the snow and cold.  But, not this year.  I am loving this warm weather.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Spring Weather

Photo by Penny Hall

Photo by Penny Hall
Friday morning we took a walk along the Madison River.  It was a spectacular spring morning.  Geese and osprey were among the many birds out gathering items to build their nests.  It was thirty degrees when we left the house but quickly warmed to to high fifties.

This morning it is twenty degrees.  It snowed most of the afternoon and evening yesterday.  It is sure to melt before the end of the day.  I am loving this awesome spring weather.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Busy Beaver

Photo by Penny Hall

Photo by Penny Hall
I took time out today to go to the river.  The slight gentle breeze and warm temperatures were calling me to go outside and enjoy this rare opportunity to soak up some rays.

I visited the beaver home built along the Madison river at my favorite campground in Ennis.  Since the river did not gorge this winter the beaver home is quite impressive.  I keep wondering how long it will take for the cottonwood tree to give in to the persistence of the beaver.

Fishermen are out.  Ken just left to join them.  It is in the high sixties.  I can hear the neighborhood children at play outside while our cat sleeps on the windowsill outside the kitchen window.  What a lovely day.

Thursday, April 5, 2012


Photo by Ken W. Hall        Title: Brotherhood of Black and White

"Brotherhood exists in all of nature…even with humankind. Is this human brotherhood becoming endangered?

With these changing times everything good that is in alignment with the natural laws is being challenged…not to destroy it but to hone it for the now existent "new world" which we are all co-creating."

                                                                          -- Ken W. Hall © 2012

Ken captured this rare moment recently.  The magpie is perched on the ear of the deer gracefully allowing its presence.

This morning we woke to twenty-eight degrees and a light dusting of snow.  It is still snowing tiny gentle flakes. The woodpecker stopped by for his breakfast along with the usual mixture of finches and doves.

It is a wonderful day to create in my studio. 

Monday, April 2, 2012

Spring Flowers

Photo by Ken W. Hall

"No matter my anxious thought about Spring, she shows up when we are to be blessed with 'new life' for the year.  One sprig even has twins in her belly! Ever wonder if plant off spring are male or female? Probably doesn't even matter to them. I wonder why I make such a fuss about it?"                                                                  -- Ken W. Hall

It was eighteen degrees this morning with a blanket of snow about an inch thick.  Now it is almost fifty degrees.  The sun is shining and it is spectacular out side.  Ken just sent me this photo he took this morning of the new flowers springing forth after a long winters sleep. Spring is here and I am loving it.