CRW_0042Red on the mountains. The melting snow causing streaks.

Every season’s has it’s own colours. Ones that only show up once a year. Ones that can’t be photographed no matter how hard you try. They happen near the edge of mountains at sun up. Or the way the ice turns deep blue before it turns over and sinks to the bottom in spring.

CRW_00092.jpgKingfishers on dried Mullein. The female, left, is more colourful than the male.

It seemed the winter was a long one. We had an early fall snow and then nothing much until February. Still we had it all. Just not spread out. Some cold temperatures dipping to -30°c and staying there. Snow, mostly in February, but not much overall.

CRW_0002Storms depending on where you stand.

The frost is coming out of the ground. There’s still patches of snow in perpetual shade. That comes with mountains.

CRW_0046March full moon on the rise clearing the ridge.

The garlic should be popping up soon, along with self seeded lettuce and spinach. They arrive at the same time as thousands of weeds. It takes a discerning gardener to pick them apart.

CRW_0031Hunting on ice edge.

The days run longer. Summer with heat, smoke and fire is on it’s way. But for now the mountains are ever present, jagged and comforting, the sky deep cobalt, waiting on stars, in the east.

CRW_0037Mallards on ice edge being hunted. A Raven (middle), dips his beak, unnoticed, waiting for leftovers.

8 thoughts on “colours

  1. Jim R

    A nice group of photos, Bob. We’re in Tacoma WA now visiting our son. They are expecting a new baby any day. We are staying at a beach front house. Kingfishers fly by now and then. They are fun to watch. Here is the view yesterday late morning as the fog moved in.


    1. underswansea

      Hi Jim, lovely photo. That is so exciting to be with your kids while they are having a baby. Lisa and I have been with ours during the birth of our grandchildren. It is such a special time. The Kingfisher’s scientific name is Ceryle Alcyon. Alcyon was the daughter of the wind god in Greek mythology; she and her husband were transformed into a Kingfishers. I hope you and Melanie have a wonderful visit. All of our best to everyone.

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  2. mountaincoward

    All those photos are stunning but I particularly like the huge moon over the lovely, snowy mountain and the streaks and red sunlight on the first photo…

    I’m going to have to look up our kingfishers now to see whether our females are the colourful ones or not – I’ve a feeling we might be the other way around…


    1. underswansea

      Hi Carol, female Kingfishers, like phalaropes, are larger and more colourful than the males. Birds are almost always the other way around. We always called the snowy mountain Baldy. It is a hefty walk to get to the top but well worth it. The last time we were on it was a couple years ago and it got foggy half way up and we turned back. We were ‘cowardly’ but, I know from reading your blog, you would have kept going. Take care.


    1. underswansea

      Hi Julie, good to hear you are planting some garlic! We are down to our last three bulbs, dammit! Lisa said I shouldn’t have given so much away. Yes, I’d say it’s about time for a new post. The correspondent from Frog Pond has been awol for awhile now. 🙂 Bob

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