Posts Tagged: Wenatchee national forest

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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June 8, 2010 – Ingalls Creek

Ingalls Creek

Ingalls Creek in Autumn

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.

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April 14, 2010 – Wenatchee National Forest

Wenatchee National Forest

Autumn in Wenatchee National Forest

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Hey everyone! It’s Wednesday, which means it’s time to post another picture. I had a tough time picking one today, I’m not sure why. Some days, it’s easy. Like, the day after getting home from Jamaica. I figured I should post something from Jamaica. (Well, then I had to pick WHICH picture from Jamaica to use, but that just came down to the first one I saw that was good enough.) Some days, it’s harder than that, but still not too hard. Like if it’s been awhile since I’ve posted a picture of a flower, I figure I should post a picture of a flower. Today though, I had no clue what I wanted to toss up here. I literally decided on 25 different pictures but then changed my mind before it made it up on the page.

In the end, I decided to go with this one. It’s a pretty old one, from before the time that I had my first digital SLR. (I had a 35mm SLR way back in the day, but I never really liked using it – the advantages of digital were SO blatant in my mind that the 35mm started collecting dust almost immediately after I got my little pocket digital, which was just a little 2mp POS. I’ve never looked back since, even though that meant spending a few years SLR-less.) But, I like the colors. Fall color shots always put me in a good mood, even in the spring when I should be getting excited about the nice weather that I keep hearing rumors is on its way. (But let’s be honest, I’m in Seattle, it won’t be summer here until July 5th.)

This was taken in Wenatchee National Forest, sort of between Blewett Pass and Leavenworth. For those outside of Washington state, that’s like me saying it was taken somewhere between NYC and Boston. In other words, I’m being kind of vague. But that’s fine for today. Most of the forest is evergreen, but there are definitely pockets of deciduous trees and bushes, particularly along the rivers. So you get some nice color if you know where to look. I don’t know the right way to wrap up today’s post.

Notes: Canon PowerShot S500 (Point and Shoot). 1/200s, f/3.2.

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September 18, 2009 – Wenatchee National Forest

Wenatchee National Forest

Friday, September 18, 2009
Hey everyone. I like this picture. That probably goes without saying, since, you know, I posted it here and everything. But no, really, I like this picture. I like the colors. I’m a sucker for colors. That’s all.

Notes: Canon EOS Rebel XT, 18-55 mm kit lens. 1/200s, f/5.6, ISO 400. Focal length: 24mm.

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