How I would love to explore these woods! Your beautiful pictures make them seem very enticing. How lovely it must be for you to walk amongst some “green” after such a long, cold winter. Looking forward to seeing your spring. Enjoy.
There are many trails here that you would enjoy. This one climbs through a deep shaded canyon that is cool even in the warmest days of summer. Fortunately it is close enough to be an easy refuge from the summer heat. What really stood out yesterday was the smell of the cedars, pines and firs after not having those scents around during the winter.
It is a very pleasant to be just about any time. Wildflowers will begin blooming there in a few weeks and various species will go through their blooming seasons until October, there there is always a good reason to visit there (besides to get away from the heat in late summer).
I don’t think there are any fish there. Although the stream runs well all year, toward the end most of it flows underground and the above ground channel is dry in summer. A similar stream a dozen miles away supports good numbers of small trout.
I can feel the quiet of the walk in the cedars and the moss covered trail with the only sound being that of the creek rushing on. Very peaceful and cathartic is my estimation of this group of pictures from your recent trip.
All wonderful spring photographs but the last one really caught my attention. Simple. Beautiful. Kind of says every thing there is to say about spring in the forest. We’re still buried, buried, buried in snow. Maybe in another couple of weeks we can have scenes such as these.
The last one is my favorite of the bunch too. There are several miles of those cascades along that trail. Lots of down trees and thick brush, but it’s all natural and old-growth. I’m glad to have it so close to home! Also happy that all kinds of wildlife use the trail.
You sure received the winter this year and we didn’t. Our streams will suffer along toward fall without the usual deep snow pack in the high country going into summer. There is light snow expected the next couple of days, but it won’t do much to help. I sure enjoy the cool weather though.
I love the complexity of it all: rocks, algae, ferns, moss, dead branches and twigs, fallen cedar. Well, and the flowing water, too — of course. Like some of the others, I almost can smell it. There’s nothing like the feel of thawed ground underfoot, especially when it’s not ankle-deep in mud!