Alpine lakes along the Swan Crest by Keith Hammer
Swan Rangers got views of nature and critters both close up and far away during their outings this past week!
Click here or scroll down for the Rangers' photos and details!
In our lead photo, Keith Hammer gives us a distant view of some alpine lakes along the Swan Crest, then . . .
. . . proves the point that it's looking a lot like Fall in the high country!
Norma Linsky got above the clouds in Glacier National Park, even higher than . . .
. . . this Golden-mantled ground squirrel!
Meanwhile, far downstream along the Oregon coast, Skip Via shows us a thumbnail-size Jellyfish!
Ruth Quist found this Great blue heron hanging out with Geese that leave no reflection in the water (Branta mysterioso)!
Pam Willison found a new-to-her roadside plant called Curlycup gumweed, the gummy sap of which has been used as a substitute for chewing gum and to produce jet fuel!
Marilyn Wood found some Western conifer suphur shelf mushroom, which has a really long name!
Pat Jaquith took this photo of the aptly named Golden-crowned kinglet and also found the brown version of . . .
. . . a Praying mantis!
Lynn Smith caught this Steller's jay posing in the wind as a weather vane and . . .
. . . caught this Pine grosbeak with seeds stuck to its beak while eating Mountain ash berries!
Lynn then caught this Pika stashing food for Winter and, in our parting shot and without trying . . .
. . . ended up "way tooooo close for comfort" to this grizzly bear!