Sunday, November 28, 2010

Trumpeter swans on the Henrys Fork

Yesterday while coming back from ice fishing Henrys Lake, the Henrys Fork of the Snake River was full on migrating trumpeter swans.  Here two adults (white ones) tend a flock of seven young ones.

Groups from two to nine continually drop in to join the 200 already on the water.

Here four come in for a landing.

Two pair of adults start arguing over the you five juveniles.  Reminded me of some divorced humans fighting for custody.

A lot of yelling, flapping of wings and raising all heck.

The fight finally increases coming to blows and bites while the kids start sounding off.

Other adults arrive to calm the situation as the two pair are separated.

A half hour was way too short to watch this great action movie, but it was a great way to spend a little time in the wilds of Idaho.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

SkyWatch Friday - Sundog

After three days of blizzards, Thanksgiving Eve was clear and cold.  As my wife and I came home of picking up our repaired snowblower, we were amazed at the beautiful sundog.  Sundogs are made much like summer rainbows are.  Only a sundog is created by the sun shining through ice crystals instead of raindrops.

A great way to end another wild day in Idaho.

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Thursday, November 11, 2010

SkyWatch Friday - Snow sunset

About a foot of snow fell in the Moody Mountains and I spent Tuesday evening getting stuck and unstuck, but the view was absolutely beautiful.  Here is the sky just as the snow storm was leaving.

And here is the sky after the clouds had cleared and the sun was setting over Rexburg.

A beautiful was to end another wild day in Idaho.

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Thursday, November 4, 2010

SkyWatch Friday - Sunset after the storm

Last weekend after a day of rain and snow, the sun colored the western sky over southeastern Idaho with brilliant colors.  This was taken from the Moody Mountains east of Rexburg of the buttes on the Big Desert.

A great way to end another wild day in Idaho.

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