My previous posts featuring rural fences were all winter scenes.
I hadn’t thought about a spring or summer rendition because I rarely see fences on the forest trails my dogs and I spend our time on, but this morning, as we finished a high-elevation mountain hike I was struck by the beauty of stacked log fencing along a creek that meanders through a meadow at the trailhead. This section of the Payette National Forest has a cattle grazing allotment; the stacked log fencing protects the creek from the cattle.
Even though it’s officially summer, spring is just arriving in Idaho’s higher altitudes. This trail starts at an elevation of 6,729 feet and climbs steadily over three miles to a Forest Service fire lookout atop Granite Mountain at 8,461 feet. In fact, there was still so much snow above 7,500 feet that we turned back (after the boys had plenty of time to play), leaving the summit and its 360-degree views for another day.
This morning the meadow was carpeted with bright, happy buttercups, tiny white springbeauties, yellow avalanche lilies and a few purple shooting stars, a beautiful collection of springtime mountain wildflowers thriving on the moisture left by the recently-melted snow.