Western Tanager

Western Tanager male regains its grip, after an unfortunate collision with our Cottage window, while having a go with another male. The good news is he recovered and flew off into a nearby tree a few minutes later. ¬†This colorful bird migrates from Central America, to the conifer forests of the Pacific Northwest each spring, … More Western Tanager

Fairy Slipper Orchid

On a recent meander out the front door, my wife, to her delight (mine too), discovered the uncommon Fairy Slipper Orchid. In central Idaho they are tiny, delicate, and a real treat. We found over 10 in one area, and a couple Morel mushrooms in the same magical little spot.

Take A Hike With Me: Hells Canyon National Historic Trail ~ Idaho, U.S.A.

  This spring, my wife and I embarked on a long planned 24 mile hike along the gorgeous, rugged, and remote wilderness¬†Hells Canyon National Historic Trail, along the Snake River. The hike began not on foot, but aboard the Kirby Ranch triple jet, jetboat. We hitched a ride from Pittsburgh Landing, with the annual Hells … More Take A Hike With Me: Hells Canyon National Historic Trail ~ Idaho, U.S.A.

Eye Of The Lake

The crystal clear, calm waters on Payette lake with the subtlest hints of shades of green on the shore line, caught my eye on a recent hike. The last remnants of ice barely holding on. Then I saw an eye in the lake looking at me! (=