Up and Down and All Around

When you spend a month in a place, you cover fewer miles but you see those miles much more closely. We got to know the area around Henrys Lake twenty times better than if we’d spent half the time there.

One place we hiked several times was Bootjack Hill, a trek of about 3.6 miles that took us through the valley near Red Rocks RV park. This nearby option gave us a great alternative when bad weather threatened or we didn’t feel like driving.

The trail took us alongside homesteads and ranches, where we were a curiosity to the neighbors:

The wildflowers were blooming like crazy…

…spotting the hillsides with gorgeous splotches of color…

…giving us a stunning view in all directions…

…even on days that threatened rain:

We eventually got used to the White-Crowned sparrows…

…and the Mountain Bluebirds…

…even the hawks we kept seeing, like this Red-Tailed Hawk:

But if there’s one thing we’ve learned, it’s to never assume you’ve seen it all. And on one particular day, we were gifted with seeing one hawk — probably a Swainson’s Hawk — either give up or hand off its prey to another:

Trying to keep up with nature in action on film made me appreciate all the more those professional photographers who get such great shots!

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About Ellen

Fiction writer and photographer, I travel the country with my sweetheart of a husband as a "full-time RVer."
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