Enjoying Autumn Surprises


It’s autumn in the Salmon River Mountains, and the colors are pretty good.

Autumn Colors, Long Valley, Idaho

Autumn Colors, Long Valley, Idaho

WC, Mrs. WC and Mrs. WC’s brother spent a few hours prowling around upper Long Valley and Jug Handle Mountain, admiring the colors and looking for birds in a kind of desultory way. But mostly to enjoy the colors.

Aspens and Jug Handle Mountain, Long Valley, Idaho

Aspens and Jug Handle Mountain, Long Valley, Idaho

Mrs. WC’s brother lives in McCall, at the north end of Lang Valley, near Payette Lake. There are advantages to having a local guide. This lovely little meadow and stand of aspen is photogenic.

Aspens, Lick Creek, Idaho

Aspens, Lick Creek, Idaho

But it also has secret. Before McCall expanded into a resort community, this was sheep pasture. Bored Basque and Peruvian shepherds spent some time carving their initials and names into the aspens.

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Time and tree growth have made the writing a bit hard to read. Here’s another.

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Translation – and decipherment – are left as an exercise to the reader.

But the message of this modest post is that there are secrets to be found in the most innocuous stands of trees. Go and have a look for yourselves.

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