May 1, 2013
April 18, 2013
On April 18th in 2008 I found a place along the Munson Creek trail where Trilliums abound and I’ve visited that place on April 18th every year since. Usually they are in full bloom but today, although they were plentiful, they have just begun their bloom and the flowers are quite small. At that elevation (3,400 feet) small patches of snow still remain on the ground. After photographing a few of the trilliums I hiked on up the trail to 4,100 feet where winter is still in full season and spring is still in the future.
Western White trillium, Pacific Trillium, Wake Robin, Birthroot, Trillium Ovatum
January 15, 2013
Each winter “ice art” forms along the edges of forest streams as these did along Munson Creek on January 1.
October 18, 2011
There are a few fall colors showing but still not the full colors that we are hoping for. These are at the lower part of Munson Creek. There are just light tinges of color so far in the brush surrounding the old footbridge.
May 26, 2011
U.S.F.S. trail 372 through Munson Creek is one of my favorite trails. It also has what I think is one of the prettiest trail heads, and right now it is, like all the rest of the wild country, celebrating spring. While it is on National Forest land, the presence of apple trees and lilacs gives cause to wonder about its past.
January 16, 2011
Three days ago our night time temperature was -3°F and we had about a foot of snow. Today we hit 47° and the nearly all of the snow is gone (at valley level). Quite frankly, this time of year I much prefer the snow. Over night temperatures in the 40′s are very common here in the summer.
Here are a few trail photos that were taken on January 4th when we did have snow.
(That’s a very nice foot bridge in the approximate center of the photo. It was made many years ago by someone in the Forest Service who sawed through a log lengthwise and laid the two pieces side by side over the creek, flat sides up.)