Because over the past five years I've occasionally posted photos of railroad tracks, I received a letter from Union Pacific recently telling me it's unsafe to take photos of railroad tracks. I interpret that kind of note as a dare, possibly because of a genetic defect. So, I stopped at the tracks in Southeast Boise last night and found another daredevil in the distance.
Officially called The Cabin, it's a nonprofit literary center: writing camps for kids and adults, public readings and featured authors. The cabin was built in 1939 for the Idaho State Forestry Department with donated materials from Idaho timber companies. It's now owned by the City of Boise.
Scrubby and hardy, sagebrush is an icon of the landscape. It stays silvery-green year-round. Critters eat it, especially in the winter. When it rains, the shrubs become fragrant. I think they smell like mint, but many others describe the odor as a cross between camphor and oil - and obviously, they don't like it. While many plants bloom in the spring, the sagebrush flowers in late summer and early fall.