This is Jenna, saying hi from the great state of Idaho. Cohort 5 already knows how much I love the land where I grew up, but I thought I’d give them and the rest of the world a glimpse of how beautiful the foothills above Boise are, even in the dead of winter. Click on the photos to enlarge them. Enjoy!
I went on a brisk morning hike with a group last week. As you can see, the lighting could not have been more striking.
I love the way the rose hips bring color to the landscape. They make great forage for animals.
Fluffy heads on the rabbitbrush — it is in the winter when the name suddenly becomes evident.
A lone survivor.
You can see Boise from this view. Twenty-five minutes from downtown, and I can’t hear a single car. Life is good.
I adore my foothills. When I was younger there were not any houses between my house and the foothills. My friends and I would play in the foothills after school or on weekends, and my parents and the dogs (even our 15-year-old pup Beth) hiked 3-4 times a week. Lately, we have been tracking an albino deer, which looks very spectral.
On clear days you can see the Owyhee Mountain range across the valley. Don’t be fooled — the edge is about 50 miles away.
I hope the rest of cohort 5 is enjoying their home land as much as I am this season. Best wishes and happy holidays to all!