By Brad Trumbo
The Times 

Palouse Outdoors: A Photo Safari in the Columbia Wildlife Refuge


Brad Trumbo

Palouse Outdoors writer caught the steam rising with the sun along cattails and reeds on South Teal Lake.

My predawn exhaustion caused me to miss the freeway exit and my goal of being at the Teal Lakes at dawn, thanks to a detour through Connell. My tardiness was irrelevant, however. The vibrant sunrise I had hoped for never transpired, but a brief period of blood-orange horizon presented over the rim of South Teal Lake. It was colder in the scablands than anywhere else that morning. Steam rose and drifted over the lake's surface while waterfowl silhouettes floated delicately along the shoreline reeds.

As the sun rose, an odd pair of domesticated ducks waddled up from the lake. The large drake...

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