That turned out to be an awesome hike and a place to which I will return.
The wild roses are all gone for this year, even at that altitude (only 5000 feet). The pink is fireweed which takes over the color chores about now. I love it too!
Fish were rising to surface feed, but they are not very large. Funny, I was kidding my hiking companion as we ate lunch that now she should dig the inflatable kayak out of her pack and we could paddle around the lake!
Yes, the little camera has earned a place in my equipment, but the D80 is still my favorite. I carried both on this trip and returned with 120 photos from the L610 and 130 from the D80. I am pleasantly surprised at how well the little one does when I compare the photos. On future trips when I am pretty well assured that there will be awesome scenes, I will carry both cameras now though. I plan to post lots of the photos and a few for direct comparison.
There are at least a dozen late-season flowers still blooming there. I can only imagine what it will be like when I visit earlier next summer. That area receives the most annual precipitation of any place in Montana and it really shows in the number of high country lakes and in the plant life. The soil is actually very shallow and rocky but produces some huge cedars and absolutely lush shrubbery and other trees. At the lake there were some of the largest huckleberries that I’ve seen and along the stream there were serviceberries nearly as large as marbles. (I ate my fill!)
It seems that the Cabinet Wilderness is packed full of scenery like this. I am so glad that I finally got around to visiting there. I will post many more photos from this trip and hope to make another in the following week. Thank goodness for the cameras we have now because, as you said, I can’t find words sufficient to describe the scenes.
That Wilderness is a real treasure. I wish more folks could see it, especially the younger ones. Despite its wilderness designation and the protections that is supposed to provide, I wonder how long it will remain in its present state.
The plant life there is incredible.Where I live, only about 70 miles away, it is much drier this time of year and the grasses have long since turned brown. In these mountains, there is plenty of water and the vegetation is lush.