The first cold front with Arctic air has moved into our area for a brief stay bringing colder temperatures and a little snow. It was impossible to resist taking a short hike up to the lower end of Spring Creek to see the new snow on the cedars and to check on the water level in the creek.
I have walked hundreds of miles on trails like this one just because of that expectation! “I’ll walk just to the bend in the trail… the top of the next hill… to the ridge on the right…” On this one there are many more tracks made by the animals than by humans.
I hike that trail frequently, for obvious reasons, and the stream is a fascination to me. The water photos were taken a mile up the trail. Where the stream bed passes by the trail head it is dry, but when you hike up the trail, suddenly you will start to hear the sound of cascading water.
The water levels here were quite low too by the time we started to get rain and now snow. It makes one concerned, doesn’t it! I’m hoping for very good amounts of snow in the high country again this winter and the weather now is at least a start, leaving several feet of snow in the high country along the divide.
I have shoveled roofs and never did enjoy it! Ours is steel with a steep pitch and what doesn’t just slide off can be moved with a long scraper. Two years ago I bought a snow blower for our rather long driveway and I’m quite glad I did.
The snow is very beautiful in the forests and so vital to the land and the streams, so it si welcome.
The trail is indeed magical, beautiful in the snow and lined with wildflowers in the spring and summer. I haven’t caught sight of any elves, but lots of wild things use the trail. The canyon is a kind of sanctuary for them with running water and good cover to break the wind and snow.
Beautiful, Terry…there’s something about the trail photos that I find so compelling…maybe it’s just that they’re so inviting, but I love them. It snowed here all day yesterday…literally ALL day…and it has started again as I sit here and type this to you, adding to the 4-5 inches in the back yard, and who knows how much in the mountains. Again…beautiful photos…thank you. :)
Trail photos are certainly compelling for everyone, especially those who are accustomed to using them. Sounds like you are getting more snow than we’ve had, but you are at a much higher elevation there (we are only 2400 feet in the valley). It is very reassuring to see it!
Oh, yes…we got a bunch of it, Terry…all day Friday, off and on for most of yesterday, and it’s not done today…supposed to be much less here in the valley, but I was briefly up in the canyon today and it was still coming down in bucket-loads. And yes, very reassuring to see all of it…hoping it continues….
The creek has a lot of motion. It starts in a spring 7 miles away on the slope of a peak nearly a mile above here. It is not always easy to travel the trail in winter but I have always found it worthwhile.
Vicariously feeling the moisture from your photographs! This was a refreshing post! In New Mexico we are having a front arrive today bringing wind and cold. Many degrees of latitude to the south of you all.
After the summer that you have had I know that the moisture in any form looks good to you. We had a very hot and dry summer here too, one stretch equalling a century old record of 42 consecutive days without any rain. We are hoping for deep snow in the high country this winter.
It’s beautiful, how nice that it’s almost your own private canyon. I bet all that cedar smells good, too. Kind of in touch with all your senses hiking in a place like that. I like the motion of the water you captured.
Yes, cedar, fir and pine. The water is pure and good tasting and you can feel the cold from the snow, yet the cold wind of winter is broken up by the thickness of the trees. There are places also under the trees where it is sheltered even from the snow.
Much of our winter is cold here. I consider snow to be a warm thing though, relatively speaking, because the clouds that bring it insulate us from the deep cold from the winter sky, and several inches of snow on the roof is actually good insulation!
There is something so special about snow that sticks to the trees. Turns the woods into a magical place. We’ve gotten plenty of hard frosts, but no snow so far–and I do have more yard work to get done before the first snow, so hope it holds off for a bit longer–but am looking forward to snow, eventually!
“Spring Creek” is a much used place name, isn’t it! This particular Spring Creek is not well known at all, but there are many others around that are. I bet your daughter’s Spring Creek doesn’t get the snow that this one does!
This appears to be almost exactly the amount of snow we received during our last Gulf Coast “snowstorm”. The snow was heavy and wet and clung to the palms, hibiscus and shrubbery in exactly the same way. I’m continually amazed by the ability of snow to quieten the world, no matter where it falls. I can hear the quite from here.
I think the beauty lies in that it is natural forest. The trail was established nearly a hundred years ago to provide an access route for men on foot and horses to a fire lookout on a peak about 7 miles away. The trail is maintained to be suitable for foot traffic and horse and rider, although in places the horse would have to be walked, not ridden. The surrounding forest is completely natural.