Signs of SPRING!


    We are seeing signs of SPRING in Montana and Yellowstone lately. Come along on my painting and photography journey...

    This is one of my favorite times of the year! If you look closely, you can see something new just about everyday.

    In Yellowstone, the rivers are thawing...

    Shapes and Colors by Shirl Ireland

    Lamar Thaw by Shirl Ireland

    Here in Gardiner, where our winters are milder, we are seeing bluebirds returning...

    Bluebird in watercolor by Shirl Ireland

    Osprey are coming back...

    I took this photo right out our windows of an osprey hovering before diving for a fish in the Yellowstone River.

    Osprey Nest by Shirl Ireland

    Sandhill Crane pairs have arrived...

    I have MANY sandhill crane photos, but this close up photo really shows their beautiful coloring - especially with the sage background!

    Although, I haven't seen my 'first bear of the year', many have. Yes, some of the early risers are out and about...

    Power Of One by Shirl Ireland

    And any day now, we can expect to see our first bison calf of the year. I always look forward to that sighting!

    Living and working beside Yellowstone, the number of bison photos I have taken has got completely out of hand! But still, seeing those new calves is always a thrill...

    Ahhh, Spring is HERE!


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