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I have some pictures from the past months that I haven't posted - maybe I'll get to those after a bit. So, today, I'll just post some current snow pictures. I decided the sun melting things along the roof lines makes for some significant icicle danger!

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loving the bright sunny, snowy Montana days
loving the bright sunny, snowy Montana days
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broken icicle from falling onto the porch
broken icicle from falling onto the porch
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HUGE icicle where there used to be a downspout - more, if you can see them along the front of the office/garage
HUGE icicle where there used to be a downspout - more, if you can see them along the front of the office/garage
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more icicles across the face of the Fisher Price house at base camp
more icicles across the face of the Fisher Price house at base camp
 
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Oh my. I posted one of these icicle pics to Facebook and a friend said she worked with a gal who about lost her eye to an icicle. Wow.

Be safe out there, people!
 
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Just a little hat tip to spring and Easter!
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truffles and sweet-smelling jasmine for Easter
truffles and sweet-smelling jasmine for Easter
 
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I got a bit verklempt about this today.

Sean let us know there were bees in the hive at the lab and took pics for us. We hadn't seen any sign of life in the hive this spring until now.

Soooo happy!!
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BEES
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more bee joy!
more bee joy!
 
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Huzzah for bees! I collected a swarm in March, it's fun to watch the colony grow through the little window in our top bar hive.
 
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The last of last year's garlic harvest from base camp hugels. We're still building soil with cover cropping (so no fertilizer or compost was used), and only irrigated once (if I recall) in an attempt to save seeds planted in what was supposed to be a rainy season that turned into an unseasonably hot and dry spell.

So close to no irrigation and no fertilizer but the first/second year hugels and other growies.

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Last of the 2015 base camp garlic harvest
Last of the 2015 base camp garlic harvest
 
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First pic, some sky drama at base camp last week. My phone camera did not do justice to the colors.

Second, a crosscut of the "soil" (ahem, rocks!) here at base camp. This is along the volcano road built last year. Note the tree roots poking through the rocks below the thin topsoil layer.

Third, how do trees of that size (one that I think was felled for road construction) grow on bedrock like this? Amazement happens.

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base camp dramatic sky
base camp dramatic sky
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base camp volcano road soil / rocks
base camp volcano road soil / rocks
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trees that grow on bedrock at base camp
trees that grow on bedrock at base camp
 
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Check out this gift from Evan (and Kai and others?)! Duck eggs and morels - WOW! And YUM.

Thank you!!

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duck eggs and morels
duck eggs and morels
 
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I'm liking the jewel tones of the hound's tongue flowers.

Paul might prefer I pick them for bouquets instead of letting them become annoying burrs.
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hound's tongue just starting to bloom
hound's tongue just starting to bloom
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