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I visited Richland Wilderness on Friday afternoon. I got out and walked a bit on the south end of the Creek. The Witch Hazel is in bloom and very fragrant now. My favorite place after 50 years. It is still wild. with no trails; except a rough trail blazed to Richland Creek from the small camping spot above the bridge on the South side of the creek, below the confluence with the Devil’s Fork. There has been a lot of road construction on the north entrance; I don’t like what they have done; it will take 20 years to regenerate what they destroyed. Saw a bunch of Northern Cardinals at the re-routed entrance also.

The southern entrance remains the same expect a few more houses each year. The south entrance road is badly washboarded for 7 miles. The northern entrance has been re-routed, best I can tell (up near Iceledo Gap). There has been very heavy logging near the north entrance also. All in all, it was a beautiful day with highs about 44F. Left through the south entrance road paralleling Falling Water Creek:

 

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Im always looking for photographs of White Winged Crows but, I guess I need to concentrate on stalking Elk to get them. The crow was between me and the Elk and I didn’t know I had one until I uploaded the photos:
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Using my favorite lens, a Canon EF300L IS f/2.8 with a 1.4X Extender on a Canon 7D, I got this photo of two Bald Eagles (juveniles; about 2-4 years old is my guess) from 200 yards on the Little Buffalo River yesterday. My best guess is the eagle on the left is a female. Next year they will probably have white heads and tails.

 

 

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There were long icicles around and about Roark Bluff at Steel Creek today and water was still high enough to float today. The ice in the sickles appeared aqua-blue in the late light today or maybe it was minerals.  The temperature started at 15F at 6:30 AM but rose to 50F by 2 PM; beautiful day in the mountains:

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ponca wilderness area

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