|Cascade Reservoir was literally a hotspot during our most recent visit. The west mountains above the Tamarack resort where aflame. This is also critical Great Gray Owl country.|
|At least three helicopters were hauling large buckets of water to douse the flames. A couple planes with fire retardant were hard at work too.|
|I add this picture just because you can see the water falling from the bucket of one of the helicopters.|
|The firefighter camp in a meadow at the south end of the reservoir.|
Cascade Reservoir and the surrounding area is a fantastic Idaho birding location and for all kinds of other recreation year round. It is so good for birding in fact that the Idaho Birding Trail dedicated a section for both the east and west sides of the lake. Waterfowl and song bird rarities are often seen in this area. It is also a great place for owls and woodpeckers.
|A hunting Great Blue Heron - the setting was awesome, but my photography skills were not a match. How would you avoid over exposing in this scenario?|
|Our girls running along the shore|
|Claire playing with the muddy sand...Heaven!|