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Lateral view of a Female Hexagenia limbata (Ephemeridae) (Hex) Mayfly Dun from the Namekagon River in Wisconsin
Hex Mayflies
Hexagenia limbata

The famous nocturnal Hex hatch of the Midwest (and a few other lucky locations) stirs to the surface mythically large brown trout that only touch streamers for the rest of the year.

27" brown trout, my largest ever. It was the sub-dominant fish in its pool. After this, I hooked the bigger one, but I couldn't land it.
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Landscape & scenery photos from Clearwater Mountains

Jacob's ladder (Polemonium). A few different purple species of the genus Polemonium are found in Alaska, and I'm not sure which one this is.

From Clearwater Mountains in Alaska
Whorled lousewort (Pedicularis verticillata). This might also belong to other Pedicularis species, including sudetica and langsdorfii... I'm just guessing.

From Clearwater Mountains in Alaska
Kamchatka lily (Fritillaria camschatcensis), also known as the chocolate lily.

From Clearwater Mountains in Alaska
My wife bushwhacks through some dwarf birch on our way up into the mountains. There's no trail.

From Clearwater Mountains in Alaska
Rainbow over the Clearwater Creek valley.

From Clearwater Mountains in Alaska
Crossing flooded Windy Creek below the beaver dam

From Clearwater Mountains in Alaska
Mountain harebell (Campanula lasiocarpa)

From Clearwater Mountains in Alaska
Upper Clearwater Creek valley

From Clearwater Mountains in Alaska
Climbing toward the last pass

From Clearwater Mountains in Alaska
Lake atop Alpine Creek

From Clearwater Mountains in Alaska
Wandering tattler. This type of sandpiper is known to nest next to high streams above treeline in rugged Alaska mountains.

From Clearwater Mountains in Alaska
Snack break spot

From Clearwater Mountains in Alaska
Some species of the genus Spiraea, I'm not sure which.

From Clearwater Mountains in Alaska
Second lake down Alpine Creek

From Clearwater Mountains in Alaska
Clearwater Mountains in Alaska
Clearwater Mountains in Alaska
Clearwater Mountains in Alaska
Rhodiola integrifolia (King's Crown)

From Clearwater Mountains in Alaska
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