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In the shadow of Yellowstone

Bighorn Lake is finally full — a sure sign of summer’s arrival. With improvements, Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area is ready for the arrival of the sun-loving crowd.

Yet a short couple weeks ago, with annual snow melt being held back by the Bureau of Reclamation, beaches and campgrounds were devoid of traffic. A lone American avocet worked its way through the shallows at Crooked Creek Bay, bobbing its head from side to side while bighorn sheep grazed on the area’s steep banks.

If birding is a true test of patience, Mike Tranel fails the…

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