Saturday, September 7, 2019
Here are photos of some of the activities: People, of course, were part of the summer. Here are three wonderful women, Becca, Christina, and Brittany. We were celebrating Brittany's new job. She leaves Stanley for Hawaii where she will be a chef at an upscale hotel chain.
|Jenna was our wrangler. I don't have any good photos of me on the horse, but the horse, Bonnie, is captured below before we started out.|
|Brittany, Nick, Greg and Tyema hamming it up before the dancing|
|Cinquefoil is found in many places around here, including the slope below the Lodge at the Ranch. First|
learned this one in Yellowstone
|Elephant Head. Each tiny purple blossom resembles the big ears and long trunk of an elephant. They grow in wet areas. These were in an overflow area of a small stream.|
|There were lots of Sego Lilies, on the ranch and also as I went exploring.|
|They were thick in this aspen grove of the 4th of July Creek Road|
|Along the route to Challis. The terrain here is drier and warmer than in the Sawtooth Valley but both share|
the Salmon River as it flows toward the confluences with the Snake and Columbia Rivers and eventually the Pacific.
|Galena Pass separates Stanley and the Sawtooth Valley from the more settled Sun Valley, Ketchum Area. It is also the|
headwaters for the Salmon river. Snow melt and springs in the mountains in this photo flow into the valley to become the Salmon River.
|The Salmon River was aptly named. This is the longest Pacific Sockeye salmon migration in North America. It was also a habitat for the Chinook Salmon. Sadly, dams along the Columbia River have cut the numbers dramatically. I always thought the issue was swimming upstream to spawn. And while that was one issue, fish ladders have helped. The other issue is the long stretch of still, and warmer waters behind the dams. Instead of floating quickly thru these on their way to the ocean, their progress is slowed dramatically and they have to work hard. When they come back upstream it is also a large body to cross. I visited the Sawtooth Fish Hatchery during the salmon run. They capture the salmon, check to see which are natural (ie, were spawned by wild salmon who started their lives just downstream and were returning to their birthplace to begin the next generation), which are from spawning done in the hatchery.|
|Sylvia holds a salmon which has just been taken from the traps at the Fishery.|
|Male salmon is squeezed to get the semen to fertilize the roe.|
|Here a female is gutted (she was going to die as soon as she spawned) to get the roe. The|
roe are fertilized and raised at the hatchery until big enough to have a better chance at reaching the ocean.
Fish are marked before they leave the hatchery. Clips on fins, metal tags give them information as to whether the fish came from the hatchery. If it was spawned from other hatchery raised fish or from the fertilization process of the hatchery from natural salmon. The natural salmon will have no clipping or tags. Sadly, this year only 1 natural Sockeye and 104 natural Chinooks had been found. A few more may have showed up after my visit, but clearly the numbers are low. The numbers forhatchery fish are also low. This year 2314 Chinook had come thru the traps at the Fishery. At one time Redfish Lake was named that because the lake was so filled with salmon that it looked red.
|Mama merganser with offspring|
|Ranch near Stanley|
Friday, September 6, 2019
|One of my favorite views, from a pullout just beyond Lower Stanley|
Each day, each hour of the day, and sometimes as clouds create shadows, each minute, the feeling of the Sawtooth Range changes. It also changes due to vantage point.
|4th of July. Hand held on a fence post|
Views from the ranch:
:Other Views of the Sawtooths:
If photos are cut off or don't show in full size, click on first one and you will have a slide show. There is almost no narrative this post, anyway