I took a walk along the Boise River this afternoon and saw plenty of this thriving in our dry, hot conditions: poison ivy. Hopefully, I didn't accidentally brush against it! "Leaves of three, let it be."
I've been volunteering this summer in the Ada County Master Gardener Lab. The public brings in plant and bug questions. Look what came in today. This is a horntail (pigeon tremex) - a type of wood wasp that loves to lay eggs in dying trees. It was discovered in a dead maple, and the man who brought it in thought it might have killed his tree. It didn't. It only attacks trees that already dying or dead. BTW - this wasp doesn't sting. The "tail" is the female's ovipositor.
Before I moved to the big city of Boise, a sign similar to this t the Red Lion helped me set my bearings. Boise used to confuse me with all of its one-way streets. It still has a lot of one-way streets.
The moment just before the 1st runner-up was announced at the Miss Idaho Scholarship competition last night. Sarah Downs, left, was crowned Miss Idaho 2013. Kaitlyn Anderson, right, was 1st runner-up. Congratulations to all the talented young ladies who competed!
This trailer was in town for a couple of weeks, recording history, vignettes, current events, life stories, and more - all going to the National History Archives. I played the role of "interviewer" for a story. Great experience.
Drum Corps International held a show at Kuna High School last night. Regional corps competed - from California, Washington and Oregon. Santa Clara Vanguard was a big treat, doing a Les Miserables show.