North Shore Flathead Lake by Keith Hammer
Swan Rangers found a rare mud puddle amid NW Montana drought, and other hopeful signs of Fall during their outings this past week!
Click here or scroll down for the Rangers' photos and details!
In our lead photo, Keith Hammer shows Flathead Lake at well over 2' below full pool for this time of year, due to drought, but . . .
. . . he was encouraged to find his first significant mud puddle since late May after several inches of rain fell early in the week!
Pam Willison shows low but clear water in the Swan River and . . .
. . . Debra Schweitzer shows us a pretty tall beach in Glacier National Park!
Mary Via shows us a Praying mantis preying upon a Grasshopper!
Pat Jaquith shows us a cooperative Cassin's vireo and . . .
. . . a more flighty Western tanager!
Keith Hammer shows us some more signs of Fall, like this late-blooming Sweet autumn clamatis . . .
. . . Chokecherries he wishes were as sweet as Huckleberries . . .
. . . a Winter's supply of Vitamin C on a single Wild rose hip bush . . .
. . . Cattails going to seed . . .
. . . and Russian olives ready for birds and other critters!
In our parting shot, Chris Gotschalk shows us a part of the Swan Range he says is "ready for snow!"