Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Wrapping Up at Priest Lake in Idaho

Although there is a chance we’ll have some stragglers next week, this will be the end of the bulk of photos from our Priest Lake experience.

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                      The Selkirk Mountain Range and Kalispell Island in perspective.

It has been a pleasant four months in a beautiful location.  From a volunteer standpoint, if you can take a solid month of crazy in the middle of three that are so laid back you’d swear you were boondocking alone on a beautiful lake with full hook-ups, this might just be the gig for you.

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As is usual for us though we’ll move on with no intentions of returning.  There are just too many great places to be and to see.

Well, on to the photos.

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Unfortunately, we have not been able to identify this plant nor
did we ever get to see all sixty something buds (on just the top
alone) bloom.  Upon our return we found the usual ‘stubby nub’
indicative of grazing deer.

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                         Not your garden variety, the Wall Lettuce has flowers.

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This English Plantain is not the kind served in Cuban restaurants.

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                   Nor is this Rattlesnake Plantain.

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                     This highly detailed and designed moth appeared the other day.

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                                                      Ready for take-off!

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                  On a hot day, everyone is looking for a little shade.

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             Is this one done or just getting started?

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                             “Done” is sometimes just as pretty,

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                                                          and artistic.

When we arrived at Priest Lake, there was still a little snow on the ground.  Not much was green and there were a lot of ‘last years’ (READ: dried up) plants and flowers.  As the months passed identification of these remnants was made possible by this years plants blooming right along with their past due remains.

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Everything old is new again with this emerging Indian Pipe.

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                                        A Three-Banded Lady Beetle on Lupine

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                          The Smooth Scouringrush

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                   hosts an amazing display of neon.

                                      A pair of Fairy Slippers

The weather is changing.  Although it isn’t exactly cold, it is also not hot.  The leaves are already starting to fall off of the Cottonwood Trees.  As we sit down at our office they float to the ground.  There are also dandelion-like fuzzes blowing in the wind.  It’s no wonder.  Everywhere we look, plants are growing hair.

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                               Looking into the eye of the Salsify.

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          Even a ‘bad hair day’ of this caliber can turn into something uniquely beautiful.

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                                 Albeit a little stiff and rough around the edges.        

                        Some flowers are just naturally soft and frilly.

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                              As is the case with this Cornflower.

While we’re in the purple family... lately we’ve been inundated with Daisies and Asters.

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Let’s see, we wouldn’t be us if we didn’t put in yet another photo of something...

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                                           something close-up,

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                                                and one final mushroom.

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            Just another half-eaten pinecone in the forest.  Or is it?

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           We’ve never seen anything quite like the inside of this one.

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                        Rush in the Rain

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                                     Hanging on By a Thread

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                                                          Did you know??

There is a frog that waves at other frogs and another one that holds the tadpoles in its vocal sac until they are ready and then barfs them up / births them.  TRUE!

                                           On that note...  Goodbye for now.

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