Saturday, August 25, 2012

The Kolden Report: Camp and Canoe- The Long Road Home, August 25, 2012

Hi, kids!
Soon, it would be time to head for the barn. 

Regal toad.

Toads blend in so well, it's hard to see them if they don't move or blink.

Stone deposits.

Stopping by the old swimming hole to cook breakfast, we noticed all of the growth in the water.

And there was LOTS of it!

Is this the dreaded Eurasian Watermilfoil?

If it is, Fort Peck Lake is in deep, deep trouble.  The stuff is thick in the shallow bays on Macguire Creek.  I did see some tiny minnows swimming about near the choking infestation of whatever it is though.  Perhaps it's not the bad plant but the good plant? 

Goose greens.

Posy pose.

One last "dragon fly parking place".

Anyone know what these small berries are?  I am totally unfamiliar with this plant.

Identified (thanks Ruth!):  Rocky Mountain Bee Balm and yes, it's edible.  I'm going to stir fry some of the pods next time....talk about free lunch!

I see why mattresses and pillows were filled with feathers when I look at the soft down of this one.

SUPER speedy snake!

Hay...herd...hills.

OVER the fence.

Wheat field in the hills.

Golden beards.

Like money in the bank.

Back drop for a Charlie Russell painting.
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We think too small. Like the frog at the bottom of the well. He thinks the sky is only as big as the top of the well. If he surfaced, he would have an entirely different view.
Mao Tse-Tung
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