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Red Molly came for a visit. Flickers and Lewis’s Woodpeckers started picking out holes for nesting. A rubber boa stopped in the middle of the road. I moved it so it would not be flattened. White-crowned Sparrows and Yellow-rumped Warblers arrived in big numbers. Wildflowers are in full bloom.

I took my camera for a walk about in Twisp yesterday. Here are a few things that I saw. The flowering trees are lovely right now. The dachshund was across the street and when he saw me, he put on his purposeful look and marched across the pavement, sniffed me once, and turned and walked back. I guess I passed muster.

The girls and I took a drive up Boulder Creek last week, to see how far we could get before hitting snow. It was farther than I expected and we stopped short of having to stop and went for a walk in the burned forest. We will be hiking in those mountains sooner rather than later.

I chose my campsite for its potential to have very dark skies without artificial lighting. I was right. It was terrific for seeing the stars. These were made during two different nights, shot around 2:30 to 4:00 am. They are single shots. I am always amazed at the colors of the night sky.

What do you do when you go camping? Sometimes I get asked that. On this last trip, there was a lot of sitting and watching the world go by. I saw a beaver and an otter, a couple marmots, lots of birds and turtles too and a few fish. The fish were trying to climb a long steep spillway into one of the lakes, just as if they were salmon returning from the sea, conquering waterfalls to return to the place of their birth. This little fish had no chance of conquering the spillway.

Dippers had a nest under a bridge. They went to and fro with nesting material and dipped for bugs.

And turtles. So many turtles. What do turtles do besides lay on logs in the afternoon sun?

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