...then go gently into that good night.
This is an evening view of Hidden Lake, in late May just after ice-off. Across the lake, the same two loons I saw last year, had just nested near the same place, no time to waste. I think an eagle, a fox or even somebody's dog must have gotten to the nest again a couple of weeks ago. They have abandoned it and have no chicks. There is no place to properly hide a loon nest on the shore here, so realistically, they need to find a a more suitable lake, despite the fact it is well stocked with rainbow trout. They are flightless now as they moult for the next 60 days, and must stick around for the summer so that is good news, as I love to hear their calls.
Fortunately, the Flickers successfully fledged their young and they now can be heard calling from the surrounding hills. Dead trees such as those seen standing in the water here, make ideal nesting habitat for Woodpeckers, as well as Goldeneye and Bufflehead ducks who nest in the abandoned cavities.
Technical: To capture the wide dynamic range in this image, I used 3 exposures, one for the sky, one for the trees and one for the foreground, then hand-blended them in CS5 using layer masks.