Photo Courtesy of USFWS Mountain-Prairie
A dabbling duck which prefers shallow lakes and marshy sloughs surrounded by dry sedge-lined meadows and contain submerged vegetation.
Photo by Scott Vail
This photo-bombing bluebird flew up just as I was taking the final frame of a panorama shot of the lake in late spring 2016. When I snapped the final frame, it swooped down and hovered in place for a moment as if investigating what was going on with the crazy human standing on top of his pickup truck. We share this symbol of happiness in the header of the home page to reflect our commitment to help others find meaningful happiness in their lives.
Discovered and noted by Lewis & Clark in 1806, native tribes used its tough stems to make rope and other useful items.
A perennial tufted plant, with slender, leafy stems, bearing loose, much-branched clusters of large, delicate, sky blue flowers which bloom all summer. Funnel-shaped when they open in the morning, flowers flatten as the day progresses and are dropped the following day. Found on prairies; open, rocky woods; mesas; dry hillsides; coniferous forests; meadows.
This male turtle and possibly another female one live in the lake and every summer migrate across dry land to some unknown location. We only see it when it's crossing the road and this photo was taken at dusk during his annual migration.