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 photo by Forrest Stonedahl 2021
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The spotted towhee is common here in the summer, but hard to spot and photograph, as it mostly flits about in the bushes.  So I am happy with this photo.  The red eyes are unusual in birds, but not for towhees....



Friends took us sailing (and motoring during the mostly calm day) on Lake Pend O'Reille,  and there are a lot of float homes moored there at Bayview, of which the one on the right is the most fanciful...


At McDonald's where they moor, they provide birdhouses for the tree swallows, so I was able to get this photo which helped me distinguish them from the violet backed green swallows we have in Spirit Lake.


Here's a view from the pottery up Maine Street at dawn...

June 10



One of the later blooming flowers, this wild hyacinth often stands above the grass, but this was a nice composition...


Monet had his haystacks, I have my mill pond, until such time as it is developed...



I saw this bird behind our cabin today, believe it is a Nashville warbler...

June 16



This is common around here, about to bloom.  It's known as miner's lettuce, edible,  Claytonia--could probably figure out the species when it blooms...


These columbines grow in a few colors here at the pottery, but  only blue at our house...


This was the happy discovery of the day--black necked stilts at Fireside Park--the only stilts in N. America...  They were around for a half hour or more...

June 19

People attracted to bilateral symmetry will love bunchberries, whose 4 leaves and 4 petals are symmetrica...  We have few of these locally, but they are common at Priest Lake


While enjoying our father's day hot dog roast with somemores, my son Birrion pointed out the evening grosbeaks that had come to our feeder.  
The light was a bit weak, but this was a good shot of the male...

books read
Rise of the Black Dragon series by Jada Fisher  It was free on Amazon, but  too depressing and full of character based dialog by the 7th book...  I liked it pretty well until then...

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