Tuesday, June 8, 2010
It’s been awhile since I’ve posted a fall colors pic (has it? I actually don’t know, I haven’t been paying attention), so I figure a random Tuesday in June is the perfect time for one. Besides, with the crappy spring we’ve had up here in Seattle, it feels like fall anyway. I mean, seriously, I’m sick of temps in the 50s, I’m ready for some effing sun. Goddamn.
You’re looking at Ingalls Creek, which is up Highway 97 in Washington State, a little ways north of Blewett Pass. (Basically, on the eastern slope of the central Cascades.) The road (Ingalls Creek Road, appropriately enough) is blocked right at the trailhead for the Ingalls Creek Trail, although there’s a bridge and the road keeps going on the other side. (Although if you follow it up the hill for a bit, you soon run into a landslide that blocked the roadway, that’s probably why it’s blocked. Not sure where the road ends up, but it’s sad that they decided to just go ahead and block it off rather than maintain it, in my opinion anyway.) Why am I telling you all of this? Because I’m trying to get across that this picture was taken on the other side of the bridge, just a couple minutes from the trailhead. That’s all.
Ingalls Creek seems to be a pretty decent trail for checking out fall colors. Most of the surrounding forest is evergreens, but right along the creek there’s a bunch of nice bright yellows. I’ve honestly never gone further than an hour or so up the trail (various reasons, whatever), but the part I’ve seen just nicely meanders along the water. No big views or anything, but some nice wildflowers and fall colors (not at the same time though.) So, go check it out. Or, alternatively, don’t.
Notes: Canon EOS Rebel XT, Canon 18-55mm kit lens. 1/100s, f/5.6, ISO 400. Focal length: 27mm.
June 22, 2009
You’re looking at Ingalls Creek, which is on the eastern slope of the Cascades, near Blewett Pass. If you’re reading closely, you might notice that this was taken very near to where Friday’s picture was taken. That’s not unusual – I’ve got a fair number of pictures from that trail. It’s right near my friend Colleen’s cabin, which is where we camp out on many 3-day weekends. (Friday’s picture was taken over Memorial Day weekend 2008, this was from Leavenworth Oktoberfest in, I don’t know, 2004 or something.)
Also potentially interesting for those who actually read these writeups is that this is another picture that I took with a little pocket camera, instead of a digital SLR. This one was a Canon S500, which was my pocket camera of choice 2 or 3 cameras ago.
This trail is a great place to go to see fall color. It follows the creek for a few miles, and most of the vegetation along the creek is deciduous. (As opposed to the evergreen trees further up the slope on either side…) So you get lots of yellows, reds and oranges every fall. I’ve used it a couple times when I had a nice weekend day that I wanted to use to get outside, but accidentally woke up really late, and just needed somewhere to go where I knew it would be pretty. Actually, that’s a pretty common theme with me: waking up late, and just wanting to get outside for a couple hours before it gets dark. Granted, this trail is about two hours from Seattle, but it still works. Plus, since as I mentioned it’s on the eastern slope, if the western slope is socked in with clouds, sometimes coming over here can get you away into the sunshine. (Although not on the day that I took this picture, apparently.)
I’ll leave you with another dirty little secret: I took this picture from the parking lot.
Not surprisingly, Friday’s pushpin is there too.
Notes: Canon Powershot S500 (Point and Shoot). Details unavailable.