Hank & I have been getting to know the Barnes Lake Trails.
Yesterday, we arrived during light showers, and as the sun came and went, I photographed sagebrush galls while Hank did whatever he likes to do.
Near the lake, I came across an excited Say’s phoebe on top of a Douglas-fir.
There were mallards, wigeons, and scaups on the lake. The sun emerged, and a small troupe of violet-green swallows came out to eat, flying right overhead.
Near the lake, the sagebrush buttercups seemed to have reduced petals.
Closer to the trailhead, the sagebrush buttercup appeared to have highly-incised leaves.
Bunchgrasses, Thompson’s paintbrush, and large-fruited desert-parsley are well on their ways.
Wax currants are leafing out and yellowbells have emerged in the upper grasslands.
Saw this nice selaginella in the dry places. The oil from selaginella was used to light oil lamps in the olden times! I pulled this prickly-pear out of Hank’s paw near the lookout and was impressed with it’s root system.
We watched some golden-crowned kinglets in these Douglas-fir, and were surprised by a male yellow-rumped warbler!
The night before, I recorded this video by the lake. Please comment below if you think you know what is making the sounds.
I only ended up at the lake because Hank asked me to turn around – we had been heading toward the timber. He knew there were coyotes up ahead, and told me three times to turn around before I heard the soft bubble of a coyote-bark from the treeline and was finally convinced. He asked me to turn around again today, nearing the same area but from a different access point, and I obliged him immediately. He knows so much more about what is going on than I ever will.