I think Yellowstone National Park is my favorite place in the world, and since it is only a 5 hour drive from our home, we visit several times each year. When we arrived in the third weekend of April, most of the roads through Yellowstone had just opened for the year, but lodges and most other services were closed. One road, to Tower Falls, was open to foot traffic only, so my husband (=photographer who took all the photos!!) and I walked to Tower Falls from Roosevelt Lodge (5 mile round trip). This road takes you along the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, and the vistas were magnificent! 

View up Yellowstone river near Tower

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I'm just back from the Trailing of the Sheep Festival held in Sun Valley, ID this past weekend. It was as glorious as it was last year, so I took lots of pics. This first picture shows the sheep after they participated in the parade down Main St., Ketchum.

sheep grazing

 

larchbudstogetherI posted my first image of larch leaves starting to bud on April 1 (take a quick peek).  Since then, my husband has been taking photos of the same larch branch as the leaves expand (larches are deciduous coniferous trees). These two images were taken at roughly 2 week intervals.

 

larchbuds-close edited-2I spent one day last week dyeing a bunch of yarns and fiber in Mountain Bluebird Colorway (see the slideshow on my home page).  It was satisfying and productive, and by 4PM I was done. I headed out with our dogs for a walk in the Forest Service land behind our house. The sun was shining, the weather was a comfy 50F, and the clouds were gorgeous. 

I was looking for signs of spring. It took some looking, but I found a few.  The larches still aren’t in leaf, but their buds are swelling - if you look very closely, you can see the green of the needles at the tips of the buds.

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