Idaho, Nevada, and Utah (May 20 - 29, 2021)

This was a trip for love and adventure! We went to a wedding, which I officiated. We met our goddaughter's fiancé. And Brenda and I took our first trip outside the borders of Texas since before the start of The Great Infection, trying to make up for our 40th anniversary trip to Canada that we didn't get to to do in August 2020 because of the pandemic.

My nephew Matt and his girlfriend Jessica announced their engagement in late 2019, and they set the date for May 22, 2021 in Idaho Falls, Idaho. This was all pre-COVID, and it seemed like a long time for an engagement. But then COVID hit, and we didn't know if we'd be able to go, which was an especially big deal because Matt and Jessica had asked me to marry them. I was greatly honored and happy to marry them (the second wedding I've been asked to do), but didn't know if we'd be able to make the trip because of COVID. Then Brenda and I were able to get vaccinated in January and February 2021, and the pandemic slowed down enough that we could go.

After we left Idaho Falls, we went back to Craters of the Moon National Monument, which we first visited in September 1993 (Notes 44: 35-38). Then we headed to McCall, Idaho for some family time with Brenda's brother David, his wife Beth, and Brenda's sister Debra.


Three of my favorites from Craters of the Moon National Monument (left to right): Wild Buckwheat (Eriogonum ovalifolium var. focarium), Dwarf Purple Monkeyflower (Diplacus nanus), and Limber Pine (Pinus flexilis).

We got to see our niece and goddaughter Jojo and meet her fiancé Cody in McCall. We had a great time with them fishing, hiking, and gathering mushrooms in the woods around McCall, which is a really pretty part of Idaho.

Our trip was May 20 to 29, 2021, and we spent most of the time in Idaho, with travel through Nevada and Utah. Brenda and I went swimming in the Great Salt Lake the day before we flew home. I've wanted to do that since I was a kid, when my brother Mark told me you float like a cork because of the high salinity.


Swimming with the brine flies (Ephydra cinerea) in Great Salt Lake.

(Notes 149: 28-37)

Posted by cliftonladd cliftonladd, October 08, 2021 02:19

Observations

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Horse-Chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum)

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cliftonladd

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May 22, 2021 10:29 AM MDT

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Big Sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata)

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cliftonladd

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May 22, 2021 02:08 PM MDT

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Chokecherry (Prunus virginiana)

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cliftonladd

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May 22, 2021 02:16 PM MDT

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Black Hawthorn (Crataegus douglasii)

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cliftonladd

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May 22, 2021 02:18 PM MDT

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Rubber Rabbitbrush (Ericameria nauseosa)

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cliftonladd

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May 23, 2021 09:36 AM MDT

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Golden Currant (Ribes aureum)

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cliftonladd

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May 23, 2021 11:15 AM MDT

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Fernbush (Chamaebatiaria millefolium)

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cliftonladd

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May 23, 2021 11:15 AM MDT

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Antelope Bitterbrush (Purshia tridentata)

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cliftonladd

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May 23, 2021 11:24 AM MDT

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Tapertip Hawksbeard (Crepis acuminata)

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cliftonladd

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May 23, 2021 11:29 AM MDT

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Dwarf Purple Monkeyflower (Diplacus nanus)

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cliftonladd

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May 23, 2021 11:30 AM MDT

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Limber Pine (Pinus flexilis)

Observer

cliftonladd

Date

May 23, 2021 11:35 AM MDT

Description

Needles in bundles of 4 or 5.

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Silverleaf Phacelia (Phacelia hastata)

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cliftonladd

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May 23, 2021 11:37 AM MDT

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Craters of the Moon Wild Buckwheat (Eriogonum ovalifolium var. focarium)

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cliftonladd

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May 23, 2021 12:22 PM MDT

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Dwarf Lewisia (Lewisia pygmaea)

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cliftonladd

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May 23, 2021 12:28 PM MDT

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Pincushion Plants (Genus Chaenactis)

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cliftonladd

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May 23, 2021 12:35 PM MDT

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Western Stoneseed (Lithospermum ruderale)

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cliftonladd

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May 23, 2021 01:39 PM MDT

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Prairie Smoke (Geum triflorum)

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cliftonladd

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May 23, 2021 05:19 PM MDT

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Willows (Genus Salix)

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cliftonladd

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May 23, 2021 05:22 PM MDT

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Mosses (Phylum Bryophyta)

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cliftonladd

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May 23, 2021 05:23 PM MDT

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Sagebrush Bluebell (Mertensia oblongifolia)

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cliftonladd

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May 23, 2021 07:46 PM MDT

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Big Sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata)

Observer

cliftonladd

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May 23, 2021 07:46 PM MDT

Description

Salmon River

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Ponderosa Pine (Pinus ponderosa)

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cliftonladd

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May 24, 2021 10:37 AM MDT

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Big Sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata)

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cliftonladd

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May 24, 2021 10:49 AM MDT

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Large-flowered Triteleia (Triteleia grandiflora)

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cliftonladd

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May 24, 2021 12:56 PM MDT

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Crested Wheatgrass (Agropyron cristatum)

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cliftonladd

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May 24, 2021 01:29 PM MDT

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Common Douglas-Fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii)

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cliftonladd

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May 24, 2021 09:17 PM MDT

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Mule Deer (Odocoileus hemionus)

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cliftonladd

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May 25, 2021 12:08 PM MDT

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Purple Clematis (Clematis occidentalis)

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cliftonladd

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May 25, 2021 12:22 PM MDT

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Pacific Trillium (Trillium ovatum)

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cliftonladd

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May 25, 2021 12:25 PM MDT

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Pacific Trillium (Trillium ovatum)

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cliftonladd

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May 25, 2021 12:25 PM MDT

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Arrowleaf Balsamroot (Balsamorhiza sagittata)

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cliftonladd

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May 25, 2021 12:32 PM MDT

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Deathcamas (Genus Toxicoscordion)

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cliftonladd

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May 25, 2021 12:36 PM MDT

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Ponderosa Pine (Pinus ponderosa)

Observer

cliftonladd

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May 25, 2021 12:40 PM MDT

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Mountain Goldenbean (Thermopsis montana)

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cliftonladd

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May 25, 2021 01:07 PM MDT

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Utah Honeysuckle (Lonicera utahensis)

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cliftonladd

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May 25, 2021 01:09 PM MDT

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Mountain Gooseberry (Ribes montigenum)

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cliftonladd

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May 25, 2021 01:12 PM MDT

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True Morels (Genus Morchella)

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cliftonladd

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May 25, 2021 01:20 PM MDT

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Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)

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cliftonladd

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May 25, 2021 02:04 PM MDT

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Wolf Lichen (Letharia vulpina)

Observer

cliftonladd

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May 25, 2021 02:06 PM MDT
Fungi

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Fungi Including Lichens (Kingdom Fungi)

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cliftonladd

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May 25, 2021 12:47 PM MDT

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Pacific Trillium (Trillium ovatum)

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cliftonladd

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May 25, 2021 12:53 PM MDT

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Pacific Trillium (Trillium ovatum)

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cliftonladd

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May 25, 2021 01:00 PM MDT

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Pacific Trillium (Trillium ovatum)

Observer

cliftonladd

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May 25, 2021 01:00 PM MDT

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Hooker's Fairybells (Prosartes hookeri)

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cliftonladd

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May 25, 2021 01:01 PM MDT

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Canadian Gooseberry (Ribes oxyacanthoides)

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cliftonladd

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May 25, 2021 01:12 PM MDT

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Pipsissewa (Chimaphila umbellata)

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cliftonladd

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May 25, 2021 01:30 PM MDT

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Rocky Mountain Maple (Acer glabrum)

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cliftonladd

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May 25, 2021 01:45 PM MDT

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Stream Violet (Viola glabella)

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cliftonladd

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May 25, 2021 01:53 PM MDT

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Western Solomon's Plume (Maianthemum racemosum ssp. amplexicaule)

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cliftonladd

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May 25, 2021 02:00 PM MDT

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Oregon Grape (Berberis aquifolium)

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cliftonladd

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May 25, 2021 02:27 PM MDT

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Piper's Anemone (Anemonoides piperi)

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cliftonladd

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May 25, 2021 02:29 PM MDT

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Corn Lily (Veratrum californicum)

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cliftonladd

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May 25, 2021 02:32 PM MDT

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Mountain Goldenbean (Thermopsis montana)

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cliftonladd

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May 25, 2021 02:37 PM MDT

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Great Mullein (Verbascum thapsus)

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cliftonladd

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May 25, 2021 02:42 PM MDT

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Glacier Lily (Erythronium grandiflorum)

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cliftonladd

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May 25, 2021 03:10 PM MDT

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Mule Deer (Odocoileus hemionus)

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cliftonladd

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May 25, 2021 03:20 PM MDT

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Western Fairy-Slipper (Calypso bulbosa var. occidentalis)

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cliftonladd

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May 25, 2021 12:27 PM MDT

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Western Larch (Larix occidentalis)

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cliftonladd

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May 26, 2021 11:14 AM MDT

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Western Larch (Larix occidentalis)

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cliftonladd

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May 26, 2021 11:16 AM MDT

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Trembling Aspen (Populus tremuloides)

Observer

cliftonladd

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May 26, 2021 11:25 AM MDT

Description

Grove of trees with many nesting tree swallows.

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Grand Fir (Abies grandis)

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cliftonladd

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May 26, 2021 11:35 AM MDT

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Ponderosa Pine (Pinus ponderosa)

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cliftonladd

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May 26, 2021 12:31 PM MDT

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Western Larch (Larix occidentalis)

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cliftonladd

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May 26, 2021 12:22 PM MDT

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Geraniums and Cranesbills (Genus Geranium)

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cliftonladd

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May 26, 2021 04:31 PM MDT

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Saskatoon (Amelanchier alnifolia)

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cliftonladd

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May 26, 2021 04:39 PM MDT

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Black Poplar (Populus nigra)

Observer

cliftonladd

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May 26, 2021 06:22 PM MDT

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Bush Penstemon (Penstemon fruticosus)

Observer

cliftonladd

Date

May 26, 2021 12:25 PM MDT

Description

Not sure of my ID

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Strawberries, Cinquefoils, and Allies (Tribe Potentilleae)

Observer

cliftonladd

Date

May 26, 2021 12:27 PM MDT

Description

Not sure of my ID

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Small Pussytoes (Antennaria howellii)

Observer

cliftonladd

Date

May 26, 2021 12:29 PM MDT

Description

Not sure of my ID. Growing in very thin soil on top of a granite hill.

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Small Camas (Camassia quamash)

Observer

cliftonladd

Date

May 26, 2021 12:37 PM MDT

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Stonecrops (Genus Sedum)

Observer

cliftonladd

Date

May 26, 2021 12:27 PM MDT

Description

Growing in very thin soil on granite hill.

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Rosy Pussytoes (Antennaria rosea)

Observer

cliftonladd

Date

May 26, 2021 12:47 PM MDT

Description

Not sure of my ID.

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Small Camas (Camassia quamash)

Observer

cliftonladd

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May 26, 2021 03:18 PM MDT

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Meadow Foxtail (Alopecurus pratensis)

Observer

cliftonladd

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May 26, 2021 03:35 PM MDT

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Seep Monkeyflower (Erythranthe guttata)

Observer

cliftonladd

Date

May 26, 2021 03:34 PM MDT

Description

This was the dominant plant in the spring run of an artesian hot spring, with water temperature reported to be 137 degrees F.

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Western Toad (Anaxyrus boreas)

Observer

cliftonladd

Date

May 26, 2021 04:25 PM MDT

Description

Thousands of tadpoles along edge of pond.

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Common Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

Observer

cliftonladd

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May 26, 2021 04:26 PM MDT

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Strawberries (Genus Fragaria)

Observer

cliftonladd

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May 26, 2021 04:51 PM MDT

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Hairy Clematis (Clematis hirsutissima)

Observer

cliftonladd

Date

May 26, 2021 04:54 PM MDT

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Mustard Family (Family Brassicaceae)

Observer

cliftonladd

Date

May 26, 2021 05:01 PM MDT

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Western Solomon's Plume (Maianthemum racemosum ssp. amplexicaule)

Observer

cliftonladd

Date

May 26, 2021 11:09 AM MDT

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Star-flowered Lily-of-the-Valley (Maianthemum stellatum)

Observer

cliftonladd

Date

May 26, 2021 11:07 AM MDT

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Mulesear Wyethia (Wyethia amplexicaulis)

Observer

cliftonladd

Date

May 27, 2021 12:38 PM MDT

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Barestem Biscuitroot (Lomatium nudicaule)

Observer

cliftonladd

Date

May 27, 2021 12:42 PM MDT

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American Badger (Taxidea taxus)

Observer

cliftonladd

Date

May 27, 2021 04:30 PM MDT

Description

Road killed on Hwy 51.

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Woods' Rose (Rosa woodsii)

Observer

cliftonladd

Date

May 27, 2021 08:15 PM PDT

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Honey Locust (Gleditsia triacanthos)

Observer

cliftonladd

Date

May 27, 2021 05:04 PM PDT

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Tussockgrasses (Genus Nassella)

Observer

cliftonladd

Date

May 27, 2021 05:13 PM PDT

Description

Awns we’re about 6 -7 inches long and were very straight.

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Pale Evening Primrose (Oenothera pallida)

Observer

cliftonladd

Date

May 27, 2021 05:28 PM PDT

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Silverleaf Phacelia (Phacelia hastata)

Observer

cliftonladd

Date

May 27, 2021 05:29 PM PDT

Description

Not sure of my ID.

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Russian Olive (Elaeagnus angustifolia)

Observer

cliftonladd

Date

May 27, 2021 05:39 PM PDT

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Observer

cliftonladd

Date

May 27, 2021 05:48 PM PDT

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Observer

cliftonladd

Date

May 27, 2021 05:56 PM PDT

Description

Growing in deep sand at Bruneau Sand Dunes State Park. Not sure of my ID.

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Gopher Snake (Pituophis catenifer)

Observer

cliftonladd

Date

May 27, 2021 06:21 PM PDT

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Crested Wheatgrass (Agropyron cristatum)

Observer

cliftonladd

Date

May 27, 2021 06:40 PM PDT

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What

Fleabanes and Horseweeds (Genus Erigeron)

Observer

cliftonladd

Date

May 27, 2021 08:10 PM PDT

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What

Western Blue Flag (Iris missouriensis)

Observer

cliftonladd

Date

May 27, 2021 08:19 PM PDT

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Utah Juniper (Juniperus osteosperma)

Observer

cliftonladd

Date

May 28, 2021 12:23 PM PDT

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Spur Lupine (Lupinus arbustus)

Observer

cliftonladd

Date

May 28, 2021 12:44 PM MDT

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Utah Juniper (Juniperus osteosperma)

Observer

cliftonladd

Date

May 28, 2021 12:06 PM MDT

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Matted Wild Buckwheat (Eriogonum caespitosum)

Observer

cliftonladd

Date

May 28, 2021 12:45 PM MDT

Description

Possibly Eriogonum ovalifolium or E. caespitosum. I’d appreciate any help with ID.

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Antelope Bitterbrush (Purshia tridentata)

Observer

cliftonladd

Date

May 28, 2021 12:48 PM MDT

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Brine Fly (Ephydra cinerea)

Observer

cliftonladd

Date

May 28, 2021 07:40 PM MDT

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Observer

cliftonladd

Date

May 28, 2021 04:38 PM CDT

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Salsifies (Genus Tragopogon)

Observer

cliftonladd

Date

May 28, 2021 04:42 PM CDT

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Annual False Wheatgrass (Eremopyrum triticeum)

Observer

cliftonladd

Date

May 28, 2021 04:45 PM CDT

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Desert Globemallow (Sphaeralcea ambigua)

Observer

cliftonladd

Date

May 28, 2021 05:01 PM CDT

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Observer

cliftonladd

Date

May 28, 2021 05:05 PM CDT

Comments

Sounds like a great way to see some of the American west!

Posted by mikaelb about 2 months ago (Flag)

Beautiful post, Clif! Thanks for letting me live vicariously through your observations here! :)

Posted by sambiology about 2 months ago (Flag)

Thank you, @mikaelb and @sambiology !

Posted by cliftonladd about 2 months ago (Flag)

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