The finished camera trap set at Poison Water
It looks like a flooded mine shaft dug by Lilliputians.
Ranchers around here excavated many of the springs, perhaps to increase flow or to make a pool.
That's what they did at Poison Water Spring, and then they boarded it up.
The story has it that a disgruntled cattleman poisoned the spring to even the score with a competitor.
Boards truss the ceiling and keep the cattle from using it as a toilet, but perhaps the original reason was to make it off limits.
Craig had already camera trapped here, and found the usual cast of characters.
This time we decided to put the camera inside the spring to get a bartender's view of the drinkers.
Since daytime visitors, like lots of quail filled his camera's memory, we set the cam for night pictures only.
It took some time to find a crack in the bedrock, but we finally managed to drive in a cut off t-post.
We were taking a chance, but it didn't look like anything as dumb as a camera trapper would venture into the deeper water.