Blue Lake

Elly's moms invited us out to sunny Blue Lake for the Fourth of July

Friday-Tuesday, July 1st-5th, 2011

1: Grass behind Elly's moms' place

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2: Detail of grass node

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3: More grass

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4: Grass silhouetted with barbed-wire fencing

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5: A California quail hesitantly approaches the nearby bird feeder

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6: Cautiously eating, whilst keeping a close eye on me

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7: Sparrows perched on a barbed-wire fence

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8: The quail makes a final check of the area…

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9: …and then tells his hen that it is safe to come out

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10: Several kinds of birds congregate at the feeder, including this house sparrow

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11: Sparrows on a barbed-wire fence

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12: Slightly different shot of the house sparrows

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13: More sparrows, same fence

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14: Coming in for a landing

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15: Watching out for danger!

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16: A striking Yellow-Headed Blackbird

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17: Eating the fallen seeds

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18: On the shores of Blue Lake

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19: Elly and Mandy immediately jumped in the water

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20: Trees provide shade from the setting sun

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21: A leisurely swim out to the platform

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22: Impromptu pose-down!

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23: Geronimo!

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24: Elly arrives back on shore

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25: Mandy plays with the water

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26: Enjoying the warm summer climate

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27: Pam, Quentin, Cheryl, and Cheryl's man relax on the banks of the lake

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28: A killdeer forages near the communal bathrooms

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29: Dry Falls

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30: Lichen overlooking Dry Falls

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31: Lichen overlooking Dry Falls II

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32: Waterway near Dry Falls

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33: This has been helpfully labelled, just in case you couldn't tell what it is for.

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34: The gang, outside the Dry Falls Visitor Centre

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35: Grand Coulee Dam!

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36: Not only is it a dam, but it also has lasers! (Although these are Caution Lasers, rather than Danger Lasers)

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37: A view of the spillway from the dam's visitor centre

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38: Power!

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39: More power!

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40: We had excellent views of the Columbia River bridge just downstream from the Grand Coulee Dam while waiting for the dam tour to start

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41: Exciting power-type stuff!

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42: More cool pylons

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43: I wish I knew what these were called

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44: Random dial on show during the tour. I'm sure this doesn't actually reflect a pertinent value, but it looked cool.

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45: Finally, we got to go up on the top of the dam itself. This shot is looking down on top of the spillway.

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46: A safety cable? Maybe? In case I fall?

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47: Looking towards the east side of the dam

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48: Looking straight down again

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49: Looking towards the west side of the dam

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50: Looking down again

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51: This is where we were!

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52: We stopped off at a smll community fair in Grand Coulee

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53: And on the way back we passed a place that sold rocks

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54: And clever signs

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55: Hollowed-out rocks for sitting! Or birdbaths!

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