Submitted by Peg Doman.
A couple of week in the past my husband, Don discovered a whorl of some lovely orange and brown feathers. They have been all of 1 piece however not from a big hen contemplating the scale of the feathers. There are two colorations: one is chocolate brown with wavy peach edges that come over the shaft to the sting. The second variety are striped with chocolate and heat medium brown. The shafts are vermillion, an orangey-red. They’re all hooked up and about 4 ½ inches lengthy. I’m not completely positive what hen they got here from however I surmised that it might be some type of a flicker. Why? As a result of final 12 months, I heard a thump from the entrance of the home and went to test it out. A fairly good-sized hen had hit our glass storm porch and lay there. He was both shocked or useless. I checked out him however didn’t contact. The shafts of his feathers have been pink and the brand new fairly feathers are striated. I appeared it up in my Audubon e book and that’s the closest I got here to determining his title. I went again a number of occasions to see if he recovered. He did and flew off.
Apparently, the orange and brown hen didn’t perceive that our native crows maintain dominion on North Huson.
We lately went on an journey to Palouse Falls in South Japanese Washington the place I watched the crows soar and float throughout the skies nicely above the falls. I might have anticipated this of eagles, however seeing the crows glide throughout the chasm was thrilling. Should have had an updraft. After we left Ellensburg, we have been on secondary roads so we might recognize the countryside. Stunning yellow hills and valleys punctuated by the dusty sagebrush and small yellow and blue flowers. Most of the fields have been irrigated in order that they appeared deep, darkish inexperienced. Every little thing appeared peaceable and fascinating.
On the Palouse Falls State Park, whereas all of us appeared down on the fascinating Palouse Falls and the rainbows in its mist, the crows soared within the sky; the marmots scavenged the picnic space; a household swam within the pool created by the falls; and we loved each minute there.
Our household group loved the sights of the Palouse after which we traveled north to Spokane. I visited the Audubon Exhibit on the Museum of Arts and Crafts with Don’s sister Deedee and their cousin Lindy. It was great. There have been some copies of his art work for his seminal illustrated e book, Birds of America, in addition to some objects that he had used on his journeys to seek out birds and mammals, and useful descriptors about his travels throughout the Atlantic. There have been an enthralling little necklace and earrings that he had made for his spouse out of his hair with golden beads whereas he was in Europe for a number of years. Lindy and I went to the Present Store and he or she bought a number of books for her grandchildren.
On our solution to Ellensburg, we noticed the indicators for the Washington Petroglyph State Park and determined to not be like 98% of People who drive solely to achieve a vacation spot, however to not benefit from the journey. It’s very small however spectacular. As we have been leaving, we noticed the “Grandfather Releases the Ponies” steel sculpture excessive on the hill throughout the river from us. None of us had ever been to see it. Although we’ve got to backtrack to get to the point of view, we determined we needed to see it. The perspective is on the backside of this monumental hill. We didn’t have the fitting footwear (or mindset or muscle tone) to climb the hill. We did see a younger man coming again right down to the parking zone. He advisable we not attempt the climb. As if we’d even think about it! Then it was a second backtrack to get again on I90 to Ellensburg.
For the following evening, we had in a single day lodging on the Ellensburg Vacation Inn Specific. We went to dinner at a small café, The Porch, and had a really pretty meal then drove round city. We have been stunned to discover a e book retailer, Brick Highway Books, open Monday by way of Saturday from 9 to 9. Don and I went in and met the eccentric proprietor, Daniel W. I requested if he had something about Audubon; he searched the world he thought it could be in and located quantity 2 of the journal about his acquisition journey for mammals on the higher Mississippi. Daniel and I received speaking and I advised him about my insect, hen, flower, and tree books. He then went and located an outdated e book (copyrighted 1904) about moths that also had its printed plates, in shade! Earlier than refined safety techniques, opportunists would go to well-known libraries and secretly lower out the plates of medieval books to promote on the black market. Every time I’m over there, I’ll return to Brick Highway Books, Daniel’s bastion, and discuss books.
On Sunday morning, we had breakfast on the resort. The breakfast desk appeared out on a small creek, timber, and an open subject. There was fixed hen visitors exterior the window. Robins discovered bugs and worms within the moist floor between the resort and the creek. Magpies swooped in and labored their method down the creek.
We packed up and loaded the automotive and set off for house. Our great journey was coming to an finish. We solely had the drive again to Tacoma by way of the mountains. We might inform as quickly as we crossed the summit that we have been again on the damp facet. Clouds of mist rose and coated the tallest peaks.
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