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 "The Gem State"
Land of Sage and Pine

Official State Symbols

Gem Stone : Idaho Star Garnet
Tree : Western White Pine (Pinus Monticola pinaceae)
Fish : Cutthroat Trout
Bird : Mountain Bluebird (Sialia arctcia)
Flower : Syringa (Philadelphus lewisii)
Insect : Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus)

Syringa (Philadelphus lewisii)         Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus)

Information and above photos from
 Official Idaho State Government Website

Scenes from around my home state

Galena Summit in the Sawtooth Mountains

Galena Summit in the Sawtooth Mountains

Little Redfish Lake and the Sawtooth Mountains

Little Redfish Lake and the Sawtooths

The above photos were taken by me on an
old Nikon EM with a Sigma Macro Zoom.

This next group of photos were taken and
contributed by Becky, a co-worker.

Stanley Basin

Stanley Basin and Sawtooth Mountains

Stanley Lake

Stanley Lake, Sawtooth Mtns.

Custer, Idaho

Custer, Idaho

Facts and Figures about Idaho

Capitol City : Boise
Motto : Esto Perpetua (Let it be Perpetual)
Organized as a Territory: March 4, 1863
Entered the Union: July 3, 1890 (43rd)
Population : 1,189,251 (July 1996 estimate)
Size : 83,574 square miles (13th largest state)

Land Use

Range : 41.1%      Forest : 38.6%      Agricultural : 14.5%
Barren : 3.8%      Water : 1%      Wetland : 0.5%
Urban : 0.4%      Tundra : 0.1%
Federally Owned Land : 63.7%
State Owned Land : 5.1%
City/County Owned Land : 0.2%
Privately Owned Land : 31%
Statistics from
 Official Idaho State Government Website

Basalt columns near Boise, my photo

Basalt Columns near Boise from ancient lava flows

Small Valley near Boise, my photo

Small Valley between Boise and Idaho City


North - Logging & Mining
South - Agriculture & Electronics (Micron, Hewlett Packard)
Both : Tourism (Skiing, Fishing, Hunting, Backpacking, Boating)

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