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Friday, May 12, 2017
Sweet air of Montana
Returned to the Humbug Contour Road after driving yesterday from Buffalo, Wyo., to Lincoln. Quite a change. The glacier lilies were abundant in the area where the snowbank had impeded me a few weeks ago. If you look closely at the middle of this picture, you'll see a bee at work!
This is what the woods above and below the road in the vicinity of that patch of lilies above look like today. The most interesting thing is that the air along the road was redolent with aromas similar to the forget-me-nots on the Continental Divide — Sweet and amazing, but I could see no such flowers around. The lilies don't have much of a smell (green, mostly).
The valley below the road is incredibly green right now, and the Blackfoot down by town is running brown and bankful. Springtime in the Rockies!
This pile of elk hair along with some old horse apples caught my attention. If I tied flies, I'd have grabbed a pocketful to make caddis, my favorite fly.
Good to be home — the view across the Lincoln Valley was as gorgeous as the aromas of pines and wildflowers.
Here's today's turnaround spot, about half a mile past the upper gate (which, by the way, has a shiny new coat of silver paint) and my previous turn spots.
7; 23; 23; 155.5
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