A formation in the Denio Junction (hwy 140, 292), Nevada area.  A natural stone fence.  In the upper North West part of NV.

Quack, quack.

Rib it, rib it.  I can't remember the last time I saw an honest to goodness frog with edible legs.  As a kid, my step father went out one night and collected frogs at a nearby neighbors farm in the Elk Grove area of California.  The ones he collected were twice or three times larger then this one.  Only the hind legs are edible.  The skin is stripped off with a pair of pliers and then the legs were fried in a fairly hot pan.  The curious thing is, that the legs would pop and jump around the pan when first put in, causing us kids to howl with laughter as a lid had to be clamped over them to keep them in the pan.  They don't taste like chicken.  Rather stringy and a little bland. This one is probably a Bullfrog (Rana catesbeiana).  I heard several frogs croaking and it is definetly the typical Bull Frog sound.

I like green but when Mother Nature produces an other, I like the contrast and color.  On an outlet from one of the ponds I visited on Hwy 140.

This Raven was playing.  He would jump up as shown and come back down, several times in a row, like he was jump roping or dodging a bullet.  Maybe a Raven version of gymnastics training, lol.

Oregon's version of Easter Island, albeit, a miniature natural volcanic feature, version.

Same area, more volcanic features with a Lilipution Guard, over seeing and protecting all of the features.

 A close up of the guard and his attendants.

A stream cascading over volcanic pillars.  This kind of features is present in Yellow Stone and in the Mammoth area, California.  At Mammoth, they are marketed as the "Devil's Postpile."  In Mammoth as well as Yellowstone, the pillars are crystalline in shape and not irregular at all, as they are here and as shown in the next photo.

Same falls, just from a distance.  

A photo I took of the "Devil's Postpile" Mammoth, CA (September of 2013).

All of these features, except the one above, are at a single place besides Hwy 140 between Denio, NV and Lakeview, OR.  

I have to mention, this Hwy 140 is a must do for anybody wanting to see a truly scenic and versatile "High Dessert."  Wild horses! Prong Horn Antelope, Volcanic features, Wild Life Refuge, Hwy 140 has a lot of all of these.  The scenery is breath taking.  At one point, the Hwy follows a cliff edge overlooking a vast valley two or more thousand feet below while dropping steeply into it.  Scary, but breath taking.  There is an actual sign warning vehicles over 65' not to proceed.  

One of my side trips on Hwy 140 (those darn Alligator Farm, ahead signs) where I stumbled across a huge corral of Mustangs.  I don't have any history on when they were captured but was told by a local, that the Feds ship them to Oklahoma to be auctioned off.  There are Colts involved as well.  Click on the above photo for the high res 20K pixels across photo, where you can actually view individual Wild Horses and Colts.

Captured in Cougar Creek Camp Ground near Couger Lake.

Nature's version of abstract art.

"This feels like it is my better side to photograph, my other profile makes my nose look larger then it really is."  A Red Tree Squirrel also at Cougar Creek Camp Ground.

This is a pretty place to camp, an interesting place to camp and then I realized it was Friday.  I lost a day when I crossed back to PST and came to the realization, I'm late, I'm late, for a very important date.  Instead of staying two nights, I took one last foray, hiking 100 yards down to Cougar Lake for one last look and hoping that the Eagle I hear, will make an appearance.  Instead I watch an Angler hook and retrieve a six inch Trout and then release it.  The day before, I watched him pull in a 15" Trout so it all works out for a fisherman.

An ultra-light, land or water adapted aircraft.  As you can observe, a foldable landing gear with a boat like construction and pontoons on the wings.  Notice the placement of the engine, out of harms way far from water landings.  Photographed over Boca Reservoir off of Hwy 80 and 10 miles West of NV border.  Does anybody remember how John Denver died?

A Merganzer, with a freshly caught Crawfish.  Now you see it, cont.

now you don't.  You have to realize, this is live food with a crusty outside shell and with pincher claws.  How long will it survive?  I wonder if Merganzers have stomach aches?

Trophy Trout, laying in wait for the tourist with fifty cents of fish food.  Photographed in Tahoe City at the outlet from Lake Tahoe called, the Truckee river.  (Fishing not allowed here.)

So, on Sunday, September 7, I headed off from my campsite to Spooner Lake in NV.  Spooner Lake is the trail head for a five mile hike (one way) to Marlette Lake.  This photo is the first glimpse of Marlette Lake, cont.

Then as I got closer.

and closer!  

This is not that tough a hike until you consider, it starts at 7,000' and peaks at 8,192' and it is over five miles one way.  Yeh, I know, no whining, please.

At Lake Marlette

Nature's abstract art at Marlette Lake.

All photos were taken with a Canon EOS 5D MKii camera body and a 100 to 400mm 1:4.5-5.6 L IS telephoto zoom lens as well as a wide angle zoom: 24-105mm L IS 1:4 USM lens.


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