My own private Idaho

Scenes from a family vacation. (Thanks to our daughter for her lovely photos of the horse next door, the rushing creek, the stairway of hollow blocks, and the clouds drifting past the treetops.)

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My one regret is not having the right equipment to capture the astonishing night sky: far from the masking glow of big-city lights, we could see a multitude of stars, in constellations familiar and strange; the low-streaking meteors of the Perseid shower (occasionally visible, despite the full moon); and the vast, majestic swath of the Milky Way, a bright pale river in the endless dark. Next time!

For larger images, click on the gallery thumbnails below.

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