October 8, 2010 – Mountaineer Creek

Mountaineer Creek

Mountaineer Creek

Friday, October 8, 2010


Well, I missed yesterday, and I came pretty darn close to missing today too. Phew, just made it in, under the buzzer. Of course, that means none of you will be reading this until Monday anyway, but hey, I don’t actually care when you all read it, I only care about getting it written before some completely arbitrary mental deadline. Because it matters, that’s all I’m saying.

This is another shot from my recent hikes, from two weekends ago this time, when I hiked up to Colchuck Lake. For some reason, I’m still feeling a little bit of a mental block that’s preventing me from posting the pictures that I consider the “best ones” from recently, so instead you get another so-so one. This is Mountaineer Creek. As you hike up to Colchuck Lake, first along the Stuart Lake trail, then on the Colchuck Lake trail proper after it splits off, you hike along (or near) this creek for almost 3 miles, crossing it a few times in the process. Most of the time, it acts exactly like you would expect a mountain creek to: it tumbles noisly over a bunch of rocks and stuff. But shortly after the junction (of the trails for Stuart and Colchuck Lakes), you get to a very calm stretch, where it looks to have a nice, sandy bed, with even a bunch of moss growing here and there. This was fall, I’m not sure quite what happens in the spring when all the snow starts melting, as it doesn’t look like there’s really anywhere for a bunch of extra water to go. Hmm, maybe I’ll have to come back and check it out. The water here is COLD though – I think this is the drainage of Colchuck Lake, which consists of glacial meltwater. (Well, I’m assuming that’s true (the drainage of Colchuck Lake part), I don’t actually know.)

Anyway, I hope all of these fall color pictures I’ve been posting has inspired you to get out and see some color near you, wherever that is. (and yes, I’m deliberately discriminating against any potential southern-hemisphere readers with that remark – Northern Hemisphere Rules!!!) Around Seattle, there is supposed to be heavy rains (and even snow!) in the mountains this weekend, so I’ll probably be chilling out around the city. But, if you’re somewhere else, you should get outside! And take some pictures! And tell me where they are! Because I want to see them!

Okay, that’s it for this week, enjoy the weekend!

Notes: Canon EOS Rebel T1i, Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 lens. 1/125s, f/10.0, ISO 400. Focal length: 21mm.

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