In the last rays of evening light, far below at the base of a distant peak, elk began to bugle… soothed by the soft siren sounds of cool winds tumbling through the hemlocks… spellbound for hours by stars so bright and dense that a needle-wand of light could not fit between them, sleep came slowly to a soft bed of fir needles, on a high ridge, in a place called “Vermilion”.
Then morning came, gentle and easy, through a saddle to the east,
I camped that night near the trail head that I hiked the next day. I do that often because it gives me an early start and a full day. And I greatly enjoy those nights! My camping is a rather Spartan activity.
If I had to travel greater distances to get to the trails that I usually hike, I would enjoy doing the same thing…and I would do it in a very spartan fashion, as well…minimalist is often best, I think.
This is gorgeous, photos and words. I was wondering if you would consider letting me reproduce it on my regular blog with attribution and a link to your site. Please send an email to me firstname.lastname@example.org if you would agree to this and let me know how you want the attribution to read, name-wise…
Yes Ron, I often spend the night before a hike near the trail head so I can get an early start on the hike. And I do like spending nights in the high country. Ypi would have enjoyed this one! I will post photos of the hike a little later.
Your words are beautiful – a perfect accompaniment to the photos. Sometimes such experiences leave me wordless, but sometimes the perfect words seem to come, as they surely did for you here. I see you captured one of the visible planets, too – I’d guess Venus .
Thanks! Experiences like that, for those who love the wild country, demand an effort to describe them, inadequate as that might be. I always wish that others could have the same experiences.
I think that was Venus. It was bright and I hoped it would show up in the photo. Nearly all of the smoke from the fires has now disappeared and the night sky, seen from a high vantage point, is incredible. It is very difficult to sleep, looking out into the universe!
What a magnificent post both in it’s visual appeal but also in it’s literary content. I would love to have a little poster of this to hang above my desk so I could see it every day. Thank you for sharing this beautiful piece.
I just did that; walked down toward the river to perhaps get an evening photo and encountered a veritable cloud burst along with some strong winds. Luckily I had a poncho with me. By the time I got back home, an inch of rain had fallen. Not photogenic, but a wonderful evening all the same!