Flathead Lake by Keith Hammer.
Swan Rangers in the northern Swan Range largely avoided the smoke from fires further south during their outings this past week!
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In our lead photo, Keith Hammer gives us a view of Flathead and Echo Lakes through clean air, then . . .
. . . shows us an inviting alpine lake!
Norma Linsky shows us an insteresting rock formation while . . .
. . . Ruth Quist shows us a Bison taking a dust bath!
Pat Jaquith shows us a Spotted tussock moth in its fourth stage of development (fourth instar or molt) before one more molt brings it to being an adult moth!
After years of listening to Warbling vireo songs, Pat Jaquith finally caught one in the act!
Keith Hammer shows us non-Photoshopped proof that thumbnail-size huckleberries are not just a myth . . .
. . . but thinks July is awful early for hucklberry bushes to be turning fall colors!
Keith also saw a Moose calf trying to catch up to its . . .
. . . mother!
Keith also saw an Eastern kingbird with a halo of bugs it may have been feeding on . . .
. . . a Savannah sparrow . . .
. . . some red Baneberry . . .
. . . and a Honey bee feasting on fragrant White sweet clover!
Keith also came across an immature Bald eagle that, while pretending to straddle the fence, gave away its right-wing leanings!
In our parting shot, Ruth Quist treats us to another of her wonderful sunset photos!