Painting is just another way of keeping a diary ~Pablo Picasso

Friday, October 27, 2017

Lucky Bird

A light fog was still lingering over the Lewis River this morning,
perfect feeding time for this heron,
who graciously decided to take flight right as I clicked the shutter release!
Lucky :)
Linking to Weekend Reflections.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017


Such a cute little creek in the Gifford Pinchot forest.  
Last week it was mostly rocks, 
but after a few inches of rain over the weekend 
all the creeks and streams are full.

Monday, October 23, 2017

A Yellow Wood

I mentioned in my previous post, Looking for Red, that the Vine Maples I've been seeing this fall in Gifford Pinchot National Forest are turning red where they are getting more light on the edges of forests or in clearings, and turning yellow deep in the woods where there's less light. Here is an example of yellow, on a section of the Pacific Crest Trail, which threads its way through Gifford Pinchot. 

Friday, October 20, 2017

Looking for Red

I was on a quest for red leaves this past week, driving up to Indian Heaven Wilderness in search of some red huckleberry leaves. No luck there, because snow set in before the leaves could turn. But in the lower elevations the vine maples, which tend to hide in the understory of fir and hemlock forests, are all exceptionally bright this year!  Yellow, deep in the forest, and red along the edge where they get more sunlight. This little guy is growing right on the edge of the forest, all by himself, in order to stand out better I suppose.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Panther Creek

Another version of 'Deep in the Woods', this time in a section of forest just upstream
from Panther Creek Falls (for a post showing the falls click here).

Monday, October 16, 2017

Deep in the Woods

Looks like it's going to be a colorful fall in Gifford Pinchot this year.
Hope the rain coming this week won't spoil it,
And won't bring snow to the mid elevations yet!
We went to Indian Heaven over the weekend, in search of fall color,
but it's already under a few feet of snow :(
And barely driveable in my minivan.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

And Just Like That It's Fall

Sort of unusual for summer to linger into October, but that's the lucky weather we've been having in Southwest Washington this month.  Last week we woke up one day, freezing around the house all morning, before figuring out we needed to turn on the heater!  So sunny and 70s in the day and low 40s at night is how the week has gone.  And yesterday, we even had a little fog!  Exciting only because it's fresh right now.  (I'll be so sick of fog by the end of winter.) Clover and I walked to the little creek on the campus trails to see how it looked in a thin fog.  This involved hat and gloves, although I shed them before the end of the walk.  I liked the light; a thin fog adds just the right amount of diffusion for a photo with some depth.  I'll try this spot again once the Big Leaf Maples really start turning yellow.  (Plus I'm intending to get out with my camera a few times a week, so hopefully more active on the blog this month and next.)