This past Saturday we repeated a fun visit with our closest friends who are staying at an RV park just west of Spokane. After a breakfast in Davenport WA we headed north of Reardon to highway 291, which winds around Long Lake. None of us had been on this road before, or seen or even heard of Long Lake. The Spokane River has a dam, the Long Lake Dam, between where the river comes out from Spokane and before it runs into Lake Roosevelt on the Columbia River, creating a very long lake, shaped like an upside down V. The countryside is beautiful, and there are many neighborhoods and resorts along the lake, the most notable one called TumTum.
At the dam we saw this bird, maybe a fledgling osprey or eagle. Being the very amateur bird-watcher that I am, I wasn't sure. He sat there and watched us watching him, as curious as we were! We were fairly sure he was just a youngster, not yet out of the nest.
I wouldn't think of a thistle as being pretty, but these were. Look, but don't touch!
I love the simplicity and beauty of these wildflowers. They were growing all over in abundance, little circles of sunshine.