Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Swan Lake

My husband likes to take me for drives, and on Saturday we finished up out at Tolo Lake. The colors were stunning and vividly autumn. The site at the lake was awesome, floating and at rest were the migrating swans. I'm not certain, becasue I couldn't get close enough to tell whether they are Tundra Swans or Trumpeter Swans. They are both known to migrate through here.

Tolo Lake was a meeting place for the Nez Perce Indians. They camped here, collecting bulbs on the Camas Praire. It is named for an Indian woman who ran to the Florence Mines to tell the news of the war breaking out on the Salmon River in 1877 when White Bird's band and Chief Joseph's band fought the U. S. Army. The lake is about 35 acres just west of town about six miles.

The Canada Goose in the center gives us a comparison of size. It is typically 16-25 inches long whereas the Tundra Swan is 36" long and the Trumpeter Swan is 45" long.

Even in this close-up there is not enough information to make a certain identification. Nevertheless, it was a unusual and exciting site to see. On Sunday they were gone and replaced by Snow Geese.


Stacie, A Firefighter's Wife said...

Wow, those are gorgeous photos! Thanks for sharing. It really reflects fall, doesn't it?

Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

I love bird watching! Swans are some of my favorites. What a beautiful lake. I work with a soil series called "Tolo". I wonder if the name comes from that lake.

Rachel said...

So lovely. . . How neat that you were able to see them! Thanks for sharing with us!

Connie said...

This post evoked some great memories of my childhood on the farm, when Dad would say (usually on a Sunday afternoon) that we were "going for a drive." We would all pile in the car and drive around on the country roads, while Dad surveyed the condition of the crops. We kids thought it was wonderful entertainment.

In this busy world today, it is certainly a lost form of simple pleasure.

The scenery and the swans are enchanting! I had no idea they migrated through this area.