Photos from the Southern Rockies, Day 2
WC is in the Salmon River Mountains, technically in the Payette River drainage, but only a couple of miles from the headwaters of the Little Salmon River. It wasn’t a great day for photos; the fires spread across the West have filled the air with smokey haze, giving the light an orangish tinge. But here are a few shots.
This pretty lady was under a raspberry patch; the photo was taken at ground level but unhappily the whitish dead tree in the background distracts from the bird.
Next we have a protobird, which WC – who is no herpetologist – tentatively identifies as a Western Common Garter Snake.
The snake was in the grass above Lily Pad Marsh in Ponderosa State Park. WC had absolutely the wrong lens on the camera, the snake was downhill and moving quickly, so it isn’t much of a photo.
Finally, among WC’s favorite birds of the northern woods is the Red-breasted Nuthatch. Its distinctive call is delightful. and the bird’s feeding behavior is fun to watch.
It’s great to enjoy a second autumn, with the temperature in the mid-70s and leaves just starting to turn. WC proposes to continue that enjoyment tomorrow.