a walk to the falls
Still reliving our Sunday hike through the woods with two wonderful waterfalls to entice us.
We enjoyed the stroll perhaps at a slightly faster clip than this wood snail. I did try to identify it since it isn’t your ordinary garden snail, but I couldn’t find one that looked quite like this one.
a rather shy little salmonberry
a gurgling creek below Golden Falls, its song drowned out by the nearby roar of the falls
Golden Falls – there was an additional trail we could have taken to the top, but I wasn’t in shape for an elevation gain of close to 400 ft (120 m).
Eric spotted this Pileated Woodpecker way off on a distant snag. I couldn’t even see it without the help of the zoom lens. It’s such fun to have old eagle-eye for a guide!
Pacific Waterleaf – Hydrophyllum tenuipes
a glimpse of Silver Falls through the trees
couldn’t miss the tiny falls in the bottom right corner
the Thimbleberries seem to be slowest to ripen
yet another one I tried to identify without success – a Monkey Flower (thanks for the ID Lynn!!)
but couldn’t miss with this wild Columbine.
Trees are sanctuaries. Whoever knows how to speak to them, whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth. They do not preach learning and precepts, they preach, undeterred by particulars, the ancient law of life.
― Hermann Hesse,