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This is my busy season. I’ve had two weddings to photograph within one week so that means LOTS of computer time. It is important that I continue to get out and enjoy the beautiful place where I live for my overall fitness – both physically and mentally.

Last week Jennifer and her horse and two dogs joined Luna and me for a walk on the four mile long Black Lake trail. It follows Lake Creek on a gentle grade making for easy walking without huffing and puffing. This was a test for Luna to see if she could tolerate being around a horse. She has a long-standing fear of large ungulates stemming from an incident when she was less than a year old and managed to anger a large draft horse so much that the normally gentle animal turned and appeared to try to run Luna into the ground. Never mind that the horse was behind a fence and Luna was barking her fool head off. You can imagine how immense this draft horse was from her point of view. And those hooves! Luna turned and ran all the way back to the house where she waited under the porch til Betty and I went back for her. So now, along comes Jennifer and her horses and she suggests that we all go riding together. Luna is friends with Jennifer and her dogs so when they were all fine with the big animal Luna sort of fell into step with the rest of the group although she did not like it when the Whiskey, the horse fluttered her lips and made that funny horse noise and she was mostly sure to keep a good distance between herself and the horse.

 

For the life of me, I cannot find this flower in my field guides. I know I’ve looked it up before and figured out its ID but not this time

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It is a vine with clematis-like flowers

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Riding through the burned forest

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My, what big eyes you have!

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Lovely wildflowers in this burned forest

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Since it is a burned forest, every year, more snags fall across the trail. Here, we were near the lake but were turned back by the deadfall.

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Jennifer manages to keep the dogs’ attention with a good story or maybe the promise of treats

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It burned in 2003

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Paintbrush and lupine and Luna wondering why I have to stop to look at all the flowers!

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The dogs found comfort in this old beaver pond. Unfortunately, Luna chose to get out in a mud hole, and emerged coated in mud up to her belly.

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Jennifer got a good laugh out of that, especially knowing I’d have to take Luna down to the raging creek to wash her off before we could get in the truck.

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Lake Creek

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3 Comments

  1. Re: flower I.D.; the flower itself looks like a Pink Fawn Lily ( Erythronium revolutum), but that’s all that it resembles. Let us know if you I.D. it, please.

  2. Lovely Pictures, we hiked it Saturday….I figured it would be difficult to get a horse over or around those downed logs.

    • ericehansonhi@aol.com
    • Posted June 12, 2013 at 3:38 am
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    Teri,

    Sorry it has taken me so long to get back to you …. Beautiful pictures. In the one of the ‘Lupine and Paintbrush’, are there some Scarlet Gila in the background, too? I used to LOVE wandering 100s of miles (Literally!) of trails in the Twisp District, and the Pasayten Wilderness, and looking at all the wildflowers was a special treat. Thank you for bring back a host of memories.

    Hi to Ken.

    Eric


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