Monday, July 13, 2009

My World--Lundy Canyon

Enough politics, let's get back to the fun stuff.

This is one of my favorite hikes, especially in the early Summer.
The Lundy Resort is at the end of the paved road. I've never actually been inside and never would have gone beyond if it had not been for our good friend, the late Gary Morgan.
The road beyond the resort is one lane dirt with turn outs. Go slow and all will be well.
The parking is limited so we try to avoid it on the weekends. There is a herd of mountain sheep in the area but I have never seen them. A researcher told me they are often above the resort but hard to see.
The trail is rocky, steep in some places and offers little shade. Why do I like it. The water falls for one thing.
The diversity of flora for another.
The beginning of the hike offers a variety of dry land flowers.
When you reach this stream, flowing across the trail (a bit of a challenge) you encounter a new group of flowers.
I call it "God's Garden"
This is just a sampling, I had a hard time limiting the number of photos so combined many.
One of my favorite flowers is the tiny rein orchid, about 1/4 inch each.
I turned back here. Some of the best scenery is beyond. I suppose if I scooted across the log on my butt I would be OK, but why bother. Next month this will be dry and I can walk across the stream bed. I suspect the water goes underground because the stream always has water downstream. Maybe someday I'll investigate but for now I am just glad it will be easier if I wait a month to cross.
You probably won't notice the Indian on your way to the trail head but you can't miss him on your return.
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27 comments:

James said...

That looks like a wonderful place,very nice pictures and information. Oh and thanks for keeping the politics out. ;-)

Sylvia K said...

Fabulous captures! Definitely looks like one of those places you would miss without being guided, but what delightful discovery! Have a great week, Martha!

ewok1993 said...

Oh I love this place. I wonder if you come here in the Autumn and how lovely in a different way it would be.

Enjoy the rest of the week. I shall go and read "what's wrong with california" now :)

Martha Z said...

I neglected to include a photo of the aspen, in the fall they are yellow and orange. It is beautiful in the fall.

Babooshka said...

My world seems so small when I see yours. Puts things in so much perspective to see the such a range of plants and the views to die for.

Janie said...

This looks like a fun place to visit. I love the flowers and waterfalls, too.

Diane C. said...

Lundy Canyon looks like a wonderful place to visit. I can't believe all the different flowers you found, they are all beautiful. I like the painted rock in the last photo too.

Carver said...

Thanks for taking us on this hike and showing us some of the natural world there. So beautiful!

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

What a treat, the variety of flowers is amazing and the water is great to. Normally I hate vandalism but the indian seems to be well done and fits in fairly well.

Kathiesbirds said...

Lots of wildflowers and gorgeous mountain views would be enough to lure me in! I bet there are plenty of birds to see to boot!

Martha Z said...

The Indian has been there for years and gets a fresh coat of paint on a regular basis. I suspect the resort owner does it and may own the property. I agree, I don't care for grafitti but this has become a lovingly cared for landmark.

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Martha: Beautiful country to hike, thanks for sharing this part of your world.

Sally in WA said...

Wonderful shots. Reminds me of our North Cascades up here in Washington.

bettyl said...

Looks like a wonderful place to be! Thanks for sharing.

Ebie said...

Waahh! Martha it is so beautiful in the summer, how much more in the Fall! You be my tour guide, so I will ask for more info when the time comes. My friends were telling me it is so beautiful whole year round. Fall, here I come!

Thanks for your comments here

koala said...

So is INYO a name or some kind of FYI DIY AWOL ATA abbreviation I don't understand?

SandyCarlson said...

Pure, beautiful adventure, every one of these. Very beautiful. Thanks.

Martha Z said...

Koala
Inyo is the name of this national forest, one of many national forests in the nation.
It is also the name of the county in which much of the forest lies. According to Wikipedia it comes from the native America name for the mountains meaning "dwelling place of the great spirit."

Linda Reeder said...

I am always attracted by wildflowers too. Wonderful photos.

Snap said...

Lundy Canyon looks wonderful. I love waterfalls. The flowers are lovely. I smiled at the Indian. Thank you!

Lori R. said...

Thanks for the virtual walk today! Where are we going tomorrow?

Bonnie Bonsai said...

Fantastic life out there to commune with nature and be delighted what variety of surprises to find on the way such as those bushland flora. I can live in that atmosphere where tranquility abounds. No politics in Nature. It's all natural!

Baruch said...

Oh that does look like a nice hike and the flowers are so beautiful. I like the way you presented the flowers

Arija said...

I like your style Martha, hard to miss the Indian on the way back indeed! Lovely scenery and superb wildflowers, I too love the little white orchid.

Lindy MacDuff said...

That was a fun hike, from my desk chair! Very nice. Love your flower collages. A beautiful look into your world. :)

Denise said...

Wonderful photos. I hope people remember to enlarge them to get the full effect. Just beautiful!

Oz Girl said...

Looks like a wonderful hike whether one goes all the way to the falls or not! :) I enlarged several of the photos and felt like I was almost there myself.