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Idaho fen-hopping in 2006

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As I watched, the damselfly repeatedly took to the wing and alighted on different landing points. Eventually she landed on the U. macrorhiza inflorescence, backed down into the water, and layed her eggs under the water line. Very cool! I took about 15 images of this process, ultimately selecting the above and previous images. Very cool.

Alas, the day was drawing to a close, and I had several hours of radio-free driving before I would arrive at my lodging for the evening. I gathered my gear, and carefully plodded over the sedges back to my car. On the way back, I scared up the usual couple of garter snakes at the beaver damn, and this time I also saw a Virginia rail, a very pretty and secretive marshland bird.

At the car I realized how grotesque I was, slimed with muck from feet to my neck. Fortunately, Warm Lake is an excellent swimming lake. At least, it was until I made the sudden and horrific discovery that it had lots of leeches. Upon this revelation my leisurely swim transformed into a sprint for shore!

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