Conservancy Landscape

There is a priceless area of land, called Formation Springs, on the flats near Soda Springs, Idaho. It is surrounded by manufacturing plants, mines, and grazing lands, but is owned by the Nature Conservancy, so will be preserved permanently. Clear water bubbles from the ground forming small creeks and ponds so that a wide variety of plants and animals grow here undisturbed.

The large trees are called cedars here, but are really junipers. They grow to about three times their normal size because of the abundant water. They look sculpted on the bottom few feet because deer eat them in during difficult winters.
Beautiful landscape!
posted August 27th, 2013  
Seriously stunning
posted August 27th, 2013  
Very pretty conservancy landscape :)
posted August 27th, 2013  
Very nice conservancy. Nice to know of this.
posted August 27th, 2013  
Nice detail in the story and beautiful shot of the area!
posted August 28th, 2013  
I am a big fan of land conservation. This is a beautiful shot of this parcel.
posted August 28th, 2013  
@havrotb @michelleyoung @anazad511 @libertylady @kbird61 @falcon11 Thanks, everyone. This is a pleasant place with an easy trail.
posted August 28th, 2013  
Ross, great image of this wonderful treasure. Thanks for the story behind the photo - great stuff.
posted August 28th, 2013  
Hooray for NC. They do some wonderful things and this looks like one of them. I love the layers of olors
posted August 28th, 2013  
This is fabulous Ross. Love the opposite triangular shapes in the sky/land. I would love to see more photos of this area.
posted August 28th, 2013  
@jackster @jgpittenger @momzo Thanks everyone. Nature Conservancy has done great things in Idaho. I took relatively few photos here this time because Linda has limited mobility for awhile and had to go back to the car. I may post one or two more, though.
posted August 28th, 2013  
Beautiful! Wonderful to know this land is being preserved.
posted August 28th, 2013  
Beautiful Landscape. I love how everything leads your eye to the great sky and clouds.
posted August 28th, 2013  
Such a lovely landscape! But I assume you need good shoes to have a pleasant walk there.
posted August 28th, 2013  
@pflaume @carolnorman Thank you, Lisa and Carol. This place is so different than anything else around here. It is pretty special.
posted August 28th, 2013  
@beluga There is an easy trail that doesn't need special shoes, but if you go off trail the surface is rough, uneven travertine. Decent hiking boots would be a good idea then. I once had a close encounter with a moose off-trail here, which can be very dangerous but turned out OK.
posted August 28th, 2013  
What a lovely place... gorgeous
posted August 28th, 2013  
And this is the end of summer. Are you sure we live in the same world. lol
posted August 28th, 2013  
@zambianlass Thanks, Nicky. So different from your part of the world.
posted August 28th, 2013  
@tesssa That's one of the things I enjoy about 365, Tessa. I love seeing what is going on around the world. We are in transition toward autumn now. See those scraggly shrubs behind the yellow? Their leaves have turned and are dropping off already. I may post a closer view today.
posted August 28th, 2013  
Beautiful!
posted August 28th, 2013  
This is really beautiful!!! This is a bit what the field my sisters and I go "dragonfly searching" in looks like... maybe I can get a good shot of it some time... our fields have been a bit lifeless looking over winter, but that' is rapidly changing now, and the plants are all coming into blossom.
posted August 28th, 2013  
@monkeykid It iis hard to get used to our seasons being reversed from yours. I know we will be seeing good nature shots from you soon, Therese.
posted August 29th, 2013  
@soboy5 Thanks, Danny. This landscape is very different than anything else around here.
posted August 29th, 2013  
Beautiful blend of colours.
posted August 30th, 2013  
Wow this is beautiful!!!!
posted August 30th, 2013  
A moose, was his name Bullwinkle, just thought I keep going with the cartoon theme. This does look naturally beautiful
posted August 31st, 2013  
@gigiz Only of Bullwinkle was a female, Gigi. Here is a photo I took that day. Moose can ver very dangerous, and if this one had a calf I would have been in trouble. http://www.hisandhersphoto.com/Nature/hhwanimal_005.htm
posted September 1st, 2013  
@cathrinemitch @todimf I'm glad you like this. It is such a peaceful place on a nice day.
posted September 1st, 2013  
That's interesting about the deer! Lovely landscape.
posted September 1st, 2013  
@darylo The deer eat these as a last resort, Daryl. I have a juniper in my back yard and the deer ate what they could reach a couple of years ago. They were starving, so I let them landscape my shrubbery.
posted September 1st, 2013  
Beautiful image...
posted September 2nd, 2013  
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