Trails for everyone, forever
The smoke from the fires caused the sun to shine red on this hike. I think the reflection of it on a very low Sauk River pretty much sums up the summer.
I liked the color along the small creek. Instead of flowers, there were mtn ash berries and turning leaves.
We found many fresh animal prints in the mud around a small tarn on the way to Fisher Lake, but the bear prints were the most exciting. It was a small bear, probably a yearling. Lack of water elsewhere must have drawn so many animals here. There were lots of deer and bird prints also.
I was trying to capture bees on flowers when I found this one being slowly eaten by a spider lurking in the flowers.
We found the female flowers farther down the mtn, and the male flowers further up. Question: Is the pollen blown downhill by the wind? It would seem so.
The flowers on Sauk mtn are always incredible, we couldn't stop taking pictures!
A nice find along the trail, a color variation of Calypso orchid
I found this trio of wildflowers on a close in easy hike. You never know what you may find if you look hard enough. Checker lily (fritillaria affinis), harsh paintbrush (Castilleja hispeda), and in the background, Oregon fawn lily (Erythronium oregonum)
Digging it and rockin' it on a work party at Oyster Dome. We were fixing mudholes and building a channel for the water with rocks.
This picture was taken on a quiet day at Lake 22. I liked the way the reflection of the trees mimicked the shape of the rock.
The Arboretum, no better place to do an urban hike, lots of trails, lots of flowers.
Is there not a better sign of spring along the trail than our native currant? This one has a pale pink flower instead of the darker color.
I saw this deer below me and tried to take a picture of her thru the ferns. She just peeked out at me just enough.
We wanted to check out the Elwha River where the Glines canyon dam was taken out. We could see some beginnings of renewal in an otherwise silty mess on the old lake floor.
The picture was taken on our way back from Oyster Dome late in the day.
This was taken by one of the little ponds along the Whitehorse trail, just another way of looking at the mountains nearby.
This was taken along the trail around the park. The leafless tree and the clouds both gave us some 'peak' a boo views of the Olympics.
We heard him exclaim as he walked out of sight "Merry Christmas to all and to all a good hike!"
This was taken in the small forested area of Lighthouse Point at Bowman Bay.
This was taken on the way to Copper Lake in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness on a very cold day. The water that normally beads up froze.
This was taken along the Suiattle river trail. We have good memories of this area, but we had forgotten how beautiful this trail is as it wanders along the river thru the forest.
We took the loop trip from Rainy Pass along the PCT and out via Cutthroat Lake. The weather was cloudy, but the gold of the larch turning against the gold of the rock brightened the day.
A soft rain was falling on the day we hiked this trail. It really made the fall color just pop out of the fog.
Here comes fall in the Cascades
Mountain ash berries brighten up the view.