Here are the highlights of the first evening and night in this spectacular range:
This Mountain Gartersnake (Thamnophis elegans elegans) would not cooperate for a picture so I had a splash scooping them out of the streams that run through the meadow in the above picture. For me, snakes and other reptiles are very fun to photograph and identify as a secondary target to insects. Unfortunately, this one was too active to get a naturally placed photograph.
Top: Our dry patch of ground for pitching tents on the first night.
Middle: Omus laevis LeConte, 1866
Bottom: Pterostichus lama (Menetries, 1843)
Both of these ground beetles are ones I've awaited to photograph since I got into photography. I did get several others of the O. laevis, including a picture of a mating pair, but sadly none turned out like I anticipated. As if night photography is not difficult enough, it is without the proper equipment. These two pictures seemed to be the best, but I hope there are many more to come!