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Saturday, July 18, 2015

Short to the river

I would have made it a five-miler but at the far end of my usual jaunt across state land to the Blackfoot River, I decided to explore a bit. I shot this picture just to represent the run, not thinking that it had any significance. But then I realized that the tree-covered ridge opposite me (not the near one but the middle one) was the tree-lined slope down from the huge meadow or pasture I've visited a couple of times in the past week or so, including yesterday.

You can't really see it in the picture, but the trees on the side of that ridge end right where you can see them breaking the horizon, and the vast open area rolls out behind it. Because of the slope you can't see the meadow from below. I now have a better understanding of the area's topography.

My "exploration" had two results:

1) It brought me over a hill to see this guy, a sandhill crane, grazing in the grass. He's near the center of the frame (on a computer click on the picture and click it again to blow it up). As I crept closer to get a better picture, his (or her?) partner flew up from the swale below me and between me and the pictured bird. It was joined by the latter and they disappeared into the trees to the east and north.

2) It turned out to be an unwanted shortcut back to the road that took me away from Herrin Lakes Road, thereby cutting a good mile off my route. I didn't really want to do that, but I also didn't feel like running in circles or retracing my steps, so I baled. Maybe I'll go a bit longer tomorrow.

Nice day — mid-50s and overcast, though no rain is in the forecast.

4; 29; 70; 650

Posted by Mose, 9:04 AM


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