This weed? had little round fruit at the bottom.  I seem to recall that we have these in California, also.

A gaggle of Geese, Canadian Geese.  At  a Wild Life Refuge in Bonner Ferry, ID.  Funny (to me) story, I was sitting in a restaurant on the North end of Bonner Ferry, overlooking a huge river which geese were landing on in the late evening.  A lady behind me (Somebody's wife I suppose) remarked, "I wonder where they came from?"  I turned around to face her and said "Canada, I suppose."  A little flippant, but hey, that's what I do. :=)  At this juncture, I am only 40 miles from the border.  She was a little indignant though.  lol

I love showing the flight feathers of birds, any birds.

Beavers don't always build huts behind dams, you know.  At the exact center is a Beaver hole including a mud slid down to the water.  Who said Beavers are only about work, here's one with a slide built into it's home.  Actually, I never saw a beaver.  Could just as well be for a Muskrat, Otter, etc.  What I said about Beavers is true though, they don't always build huts.

Difficult to tell if the photo is upside down or right side up, huh?

Right click "view image"  on this photo for a 2x shot.  These are "Painted Turtles" according to a search on Idaho Pond Turtles.

Another Alligator picture, I just can't resist.  Especially since so many people were fooled by my Alligator photo in January.

A 15" Rainbow Trout, caught on Smith Lake ID. 8/11/14. (not by me).  They bottom fish allowing the fish to swallow the bait, then reel them in.  In this photo you see no sign of the hook because the hook is deep inside.  Not exactly a catch and release technique but these are fisherman who eat what they catch.  They don't intend to release, ever.

Just pretty berries..........

"Darn, I hope the old lady knows I can't find a fish every time I go out."

I'll just tell her that the fish weren't biting.

An emerging Juvenile Bald Eagle.  About as awkward and confident as a 13 year old boy who's voice is changing. I have read that they stay in this state for about two to three years before accessorizing with the full white colors as shown below.

I didn't know whether I should salute this one or photograph him so I shot him instead. ;=).  All of these Eagle photos were at Smith Lake, Idaho.

A little shaky as these twins were on the opposite shore of Smith Lake, from where I was.  Not the best of photos but content trumps quality in this instance.  f/5.6 1/1250 sec, 400mm iso1250.  Give me a break, over 150 yards away.  I think it would make a pretty post card though.  What do you think?

This one is for "James," a fellow camper at Smith Lake who was wishing the fishing was better but enjoyed comparing cameras and techniques as much as the fishing.  This plane made a low altitude pass over the lake and I promised James I would post it along with the Eagle photos I took.

Not a butterfly, these are called "Skippers."  They are about 1/3 the size of a butterfly with a build like an LA Rams Linebacker.

A home for many.  The rent is highest at the very top.

Canon EOS 5D MKii and a 100 to 400mm 1:4.5-5.6 L IS telephoto zoom lens and a wide angle zoom: 24-105mm L IS 1:4 USM.


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