Welcome to North Idaho

To live in a place other people dream of visiting is incredible. Through the lens of my camera OnLocation North Idaho will bring you a slice of life as we know it in the Idaho panhandle. Enjoy!

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Tentative Tulips

A rare few days of sun and warm temps over the weekend coaxed my tulips to bloom. April is ending in North Idaho with a promise of good weather to come.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Gobble Gobble

Thanksgiving is long past but for Idaho hunters, spring turkey hunting season is in full swing. Opening on April 15 and running through May 25, hunters might find the hunt a bit more challenging. In 2007 6,000 of Idaho's largest game birds were harvested but this past long, hard winter moved many turkeys down from their usual habitats in North Idaho. This tom finds a perch to his liking on a backyard fence near Fernan Lake.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

A year and a day

It's been one year and a day since the very first post of OnLocation North Idaho. This is the 244th post with nearly 300 photographs of the place where I love living.
There have been 13,260 visits in the past year, averaging 1,150 each month. It's a treat to share the visuals of life in our corner of paradise. Thanks to all of you who stop here. Look for me out and about, OnLocation in North Idaho and say hello!


From the lawn outside his namesake restaurant at Red Lion Templin's Resort, this colorful mallard looks over the Spokane River at sunset.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Green green grass

One of the best aromas of summer is a freshly cut lawn. I'm sooooo ready for sunshine.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Flamboyant Pheasant

A ring-necked pheasant runs in a farmer's field alongside the road on the Rathdrum Prairie.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Big Wheels

A 480,000 pound "super load" crossed into Washington on Highway 53 near Hauser Lake at sunset Monday. The huge boiler is on its way to an oil refinery near Blaine in northwest Washington. At 231 feet long and 21.5 feet wide, it's nearly the length of a football field. The tractor/trailer caravan is taking the "back roads" to avoid Interstate overpasses and bridges that can't bear it's weight or accomdate the height.

Monday, April 21, 2008

It's April ... isn't it?

Who would imagine that this photo was taken on April 21 and not in January or February. Welcome to Spring 2008 in beautiful North Idaho!

A Quail of a Monday

My resident quails found the trail through the yard covered in snow this morning. Even for North Idaho, an inch or two of snow the fourth week of April is unusual.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Go Fly a Kite

A blustery and chilly Sunday afternoon did nothing to dampen this boy's enthusiasm for kite flying on Lake Coeur d'Alene.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

White Water

White water kayaking on the Spokane River at Corbin Park was chilly on Saturday, even though the sun broke through in the afternoon. Below the Post Falls dam is a favorite spot for spring kayaking.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Patriot's Day

It's fitting that my father was born on Patriot's Day, April 19. Although he's been gone since 2004, his spirit and love of America lives on in the Ronald D. Rankin Veterans Memorial Plaza. The plaza was a labor of love for the Marine Corps combat veteran of the Korean War who was my dad. His eagle stands sentry over the monuments and memorials in a place where the public comes to do business with Kootenai County. Located between the county adminstration building and the historic courthouse, it's a special place to remember the sacrifice of local veterans past and present.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Is it really April?

At 6:30 a.m there was a blanket of snow on the freshly mowed front lawn... and by late afternoon snow was again falling in large, fluffy flakes. April 15?????

Monday, April 14, 2008

Coming soon ...

Bare branches on our backyard poplar tree will soon be filled with leaves, which will provide shade from the summer sun. We're going to have summer in North Idaho, I'm hoping. This week's April showers will put a smile on the May flowers.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Going, going ...

When the sun came out on Saturday in North Idaho, the shirts came off. Tennis players at the city courts in Post Falls happily showed some skin. Many communities are still bearing remnants of winter with three or more feet of snow still on the ground. This slow melting pile of snow next to the tennis courts is the only reminder of the long and record-breaking snowfall of the winter of 2007-08.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Levels of the Lake

The protracted North Idaho winter has delayed snow melt in the mountains, which has resulted in much lower than usual lake and river levels for mid-April as these photos, taken this week and last July, of Coeur d'Alene's popular city beach illustrate. Hopefully by mid-summer we'll be back to normal, and beach blankets will dot the shoreline sands.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Border States

Idaho shares a border with Washington and at the Miss USA Pageant Miss Washington Michelle Font and Miss Idaho Tracey Brown are sharing a room.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

The "I"s have it!

OnLocation as Miss Idaho USA Tracey Brown is joined on the Miss USA stage with fellow delegates from Illinois and Indiana in the preliminary swimsuit competition. This bevy of "I" state brunettes are looking good! The Miss USA Pageant is Friday night on NBC.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

I found sun!

Okay, I cheated. I went on location to sunshine and 80 degree temps since it seems Old Man Winter won't loosen his grip on North Idaho. I frolicked at the pool while spending a few days in Las Vegas for Miss USA prelims and chatting up our hometown Miss Idaho USA. I knew I'd return to the final remnants of winter weather, though. But it felt good while it lasted. :)

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Free Trees

For the past several years the Post Falls Parks Department has coordinated a tree give-away for residents of Post Falls, Coeur d'Alene and Hayden. Over 3,000 6' to 8' tall bare-root trees of several types will find new homes on Saturday morning at Q'emlin Park. For more info go to www.postfallsidaho.org. On Saturday morning, look for Mr. OnLocation North Idaho (aka Bert) with his fellow Lions who will be volunteering with the project again.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008


North Idaho is feeling the pinch at the pump ... but this Spokane Street service station in Post Falls is covering all of their bases with serving customers' alternative transportation.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Where Buffalo Roam

While driving this morning near Bayview I came upon a large herd of famous North Idaho bison taking a stroll on the road. They were on their annual migration to the ancient spring feeding grounds in Cocalala.