Monday, August 17, 2009

Green Creek--My world

A cold front moved through last week leaving our normally cool mountain downright chilly. The Green Creek trail is 1500' lower and normally too hot for a pleasant hike in August but this day, it was perfect.
The trail follows Green creek most of the way but the creek is below the trail and hidden by trees and brush much of the time, here I caught a glimpse. Often you can hear it even if you can't see it.
Sometimes the trail is in shade.
Other times it is in the open and can be quite hot.
In some places small side streams cross the trail.
The lower elevation has many plants that I don't see up on the mountain.
This old Juniper looks like it has had a hard life but it is covered with berries.
These plants (I think they are a form of manzanita) form themselves to rocks.
I'd love to have this old log to decorate my garden.
The reward for our effort was lovely Green Lake. Our son Mark went on to East Lake which I think is even prettier.
The return trip offered great views to the east.
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27 comments:

Gaelyn said...

This is a beautiful trail. I'll bet the sound of the creek is every bit as lovely as seeing it. And the lake is gorgeous. I also like the manzanita growing sculpture like over the boulder. Great tour and captures.

Ebie said...

My main blog is here.
Perfect climate and a good hike. Everything is so beautiful where you are. It is so rewarding to see Mother nature. I'd better get my legs worked up for my next adventure.

Postcards from Wildwood said...

That's a beautiful hike and great pictures to go with it. the last shot with the sky is wonderful! Thanks for visiting my MW post. A 'folly' is difficult to define - something that has no real purpose, probably decorative and cost a lot of money to build, very popular in Victorian Britain and probably the century before that.
janice.

Ishtar said...

The Green Creek sounds so romantic! Loved the view of Green Lake. Amazing!

Ebie said...

My main blog is here.
Its me again, I have been gallivanting around downtown, and you would be surprised how the Library has transformed since the fire (?) not sure. But it is called Riordan Public Lib. I have lots of photos and sure will post them. Been to Clifton's on Broadway two months ago and the menu has not changed and I still see the same servers from the old Cliftons, around the block from One Wilshire (my old office) across from Robinsons.

Lindy MacDuff said...

That was a very scenic hike. As much as I dislike cool weather, I definitely prefer it for hiking.

Sylvia K said...

What an incredibly beautiful place! And your captures are gorgeous as always, Martha! Such lovely trails, perfect hiking!

Have a great week!

Sylvia

Carver said...

What a great trail. Thank you for showing it to us.

Snap said...

Just beautiful. Love the water shots. If I can hear the water, I can cool down! ;D

SandyCarlson said...

These are wonderful. That old log is like a microcosm of the landscape.

MyMaracas said...

What a beautiful, beautiful place. Your photos make me feel as though I've been on that hike with you. The juniper is especially amazing; it has such character and tenacity.

Thanks for stopping by at my place, and for the Follow! I'm glad to have found your blog.

Sally in WA said...

That looks like an enjoyable hike. The lake looks inviting!

mountain.mama said...

Oooh, wish I could have gone on that hike--it looks perfect, beautiful and not to hot!

Indrani said...

The greenery and the stream flowing by... how beautiful! Great shots and a lovely post.

magiceye said...

such a beautiful world!

PERBS said...

Looks like a fun hike!

Linnea W said...

Your world certainly is beautiful and full of nature. Thanks for taking me on the hike with you! And thanks for visiting my monochrome post.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Thanks for the tour. There are so many beautiful views, a great reward for "walking" these trails with you.

Jenn Jilks said...

The colours are spectacular!

maryt/theteach said...

Just a gorgeous place, Martha! You're lucky to have such a place as your world... :)

J said...

I like the big views and the log - I'm envious of your ability to escape for a walk in such wild territory!

koala said...

I love places like that! Nice captures.

Elisabeth's bright side said...

Exeptionally beautiful, and I really like your pictures of the small things on your way. That log has a long story to tell.

Janie said...

beautiful creek, lake, and sky. Looks like a wonderful hike. that old juniper has a lot of character.

Kirigalpoththa said...

Wow a magical place! Beautiful!! The last pic is a beauty..

storyteller said...

What a marvelous world it is. Methinks I'd enjoy walking on that shady path but I could sit for HOURS to take in that last view. It's magnificent!
Hugs and blessings,

Barb said...

Catching up with you, Martha - I enjoyed this hike. Such a pretty green trail along a Green Creek to a Green Lake!