Birds were conspicuous by their absence when I spent a couple of hours at the Edward M. Brigham III Alkali Lake Sanctuary, located just northeast of Jamestown, this weekend. There were some exceptions, a few sparrows, a couple of diving ducks and a falcon who circled overhead, keening a lonesome cry, the entire time I walked through the refuge.
But there were still things to see.
Deer scampered away long before I got a chance for a good photograph.
Wildflowers added specks of yellow and purple to the carpet of the tall grass prairie, drawing my attention, as well as the attention of bees both wild and domestic.
And dragonflies flitted around, largely ignoring my muttered curse-ladden request to sit still long enough for the process of photography.
But mostly I will remember the time I spent in the gullies between hills. Small places where you could not see the effects of the hand of man on the land and where the only sound, other than the persistent wind, was the lonesome cry of that falcon overhead.
I believe this portion of the refuge, along the shore of Alkali Lake, is not part of the state’s lawsuit against the Audubon Society. See earlier entries for more information about the case.