When the distance is obscured by smoke, focus on things close-up, like this beautiful salsify seedhead! (Keith Hammer photos)
Five Swan Rangers hiked in Krause Basin on a smokey Saturday, September 9, 2017!
They brushed back some of the main and north fork trail in anticipation of winter skiing, while hoping for rain and/or snow to end the long fire season!
The Rangers discuss the unfounded rumor there is a bandito among them!
A clover putting on its fall colors!
Sandhill cranes and ducks north of Echo Lake Cafe!
The Swan Rangers meet every Saturday at the Echo Lake Cafe for breakfast at 7:30, leaving at 8:30 for a partial day outing in the northern Swan Mountains and foothills.
They carpool from the Swan River School parking lot next to the Cafe.
When hiking in bear country, remember to carry bear spray and avoid the 3-D's: dawn, dusk, and darkness.
Everyone is welcome!