We do have a lot of alder, not so much along the streams but a little higher up; Mountain Alder Alnus incana and Sitka Alder Alnus crisp sinuata. Along the streams, Scrub Birch Betula glandulosa, Hawthorn, Chokecherry and lots of Red-osier Dogwood Cornus stolonifera with Elderberry and several species of willow.
There is a good feel to it there. Off and on for over 60 years I have fished that river and hunted the mountains above it on both sides. There is quite a bit of traffic along the river now, but just a few miles up the slopes, especially to the west it is very wild and beautiful country. I spend a lot of time up there.
The water is cold all year long, but colder now that there is a pretty good amount of snow upstream; just how the trout like it. There are still fish there, but nothing like the way it was 50 or 60 years ago. People have loved the stream almost to death.
Our wardrobe has changed too. In just a few weeks we have gone from 90 degree daytime temps (with humidity in the teens) to 30 degree temps (with humidity in the 80’s) and from dry ground to snow pack. Are you going to get any effects from Sandy or is it all far off to the east of you?
What is that – “thing” – in the bottom right-hand corner of the photo, just at the edge of the water? I’ve seen it as a fungus, a rock, and a turtle with snow on its back. Surely it’s none of those, but I get curious now and then!