A couple of signs I discovered while wandering around:
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Southwest of Arco we drove by a couple of caves, on our way to Twin Falls. The Shoshone Ice Caves were closed for the season, but the Mammoth Cave and Shoshone Bird Museum of Natural History was open. This is a lava tube with a homemade museum built on top of the cave entrance. It was pretty fantastic and bizarre. The museum holds fossils, taxidermy, Indian artifacts, and other items of interest. I’ve never seen so many interesting things stuffed into such a small space. If you ever find yourself halfway between Carey and Twin Falls, Idaho, you’ve got to stop and check it out.
Between semesters a couple of friends and I decided to take a photo road trip through southern Idaho to visit a few waterfalls, the Bruneau Dunes, and a couple of weird little towns. We had a good time, found some cool and strange places, and managed to make a few images.
Our first stop was Atomic City, a small town that was conceived as a community where people who work at INL might want to live. It never really took off. It now consists of a couple of bars, an abandoned garage, a few houses, some potato cellars, and a race track.
After Atomic City, we drove west and into Arco (the first city in the country powered by Nuclear Power) for lunch.
I used to despise winter. I would get anxious in the fall knowing that winter was coming soon. For some reason though, I’ve come to terms with it. The light is soft, the snow softens edges, and there are interesting birds to be found. One of my favorite winter locations is Ashton, ID. The few times I’ve been up there this winter, the fog has been pretty thick. Today was no exception.
I’m including a couple of images from today. I am a bit frustrated with the display of these really light images. The prints are a bit lovelier (take my word for it). Anyhow, I hope you enjoy.
When I woke up to thick fog I knew I had to get out and photograph. I did have quite bit to do at work though. I went out for a couple of hours this morning and had a good time making photographs near Sugar City and Teton. I then headed back to work and got most of my work done. I then drove out towards Ashton in the evening and continued. What a beautiful day. Here are a couple images:
So, it’s been a pretty cold winter and much of the lower Henry’s Fork has been iced over. It’s been a bit warmer lately and the river was really breaking up this morning. The chunks of ice were forming a pretty nice ice dam near Fun Farm Bridge. Here’s the view looking downstream.
One of my favorite places in winter is Texas Slough, a spring fed waterway west of Rexburg that stays open (usually) even during the really cold winter days. I ventured out the other morning when the thermometer read ten below zero. I managed a couple of decent images before I just couldn’t stand it any longer. It must have been pretty cold, because I rarely see this waterway frozen.
I participated in the Howe, ID Christmas Bird Count today. Starting temperature was -11. Many years there are hundreds of hawks and several falcons, but there doesn’t seem to be much around this year. We did see a Prairie Falcon kill a Meadowlark in flight.
We also saw killed coyotes displayed prominently on the edge of town. Welcome to Howe.