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OK, let’s be clear: The hike on this trail in Granite Falls Washington was so beautiful; all the pix are really beautiful. I had a very hard time picking the best of the best. Not sure if I totally “got there” but I thought these were some good ones to share.
I was with a friend who is an experienced hiker. After our first half hour, we agreed that this was a photo excursion, not one of her exercise hikes. (Although it was STILL a workout!). The forest was magical, with streams, falls, fallen trees, naturally occurring artistic structures, moss covered trees and branches, and breathtaking views. Here are a few that stand out for me:
- Bubbling Brook – It’s hard to go wrong with a bubbling brook.
- View from Near the Top – Looking out over the mountains – wow! As we neared the top, there were points were the path veered to the outside of the mountain, were we could look out and see the granite quarry below. Seeing she shadow of clouds over the quarry , and different shades of greenery surrounding the stop – does this ever get old?
- View at the Top – The lake nestled in the hollow of the mountaintop made it worth it. It was breathtaking! The colors were popping – I love the red trunks worn by the little boy, in contrast to the surrounding greenery, and the reflection of the water.
- Thru the Tree – This is an unusual viewpoint – looking through the roots of the tree – to see what is on the other side.
- Reach for the Sky – who could resist this towering pole of a tree, stretched to the sky, covered with moss? I couldn’t.
- Tree Glow — I love the the light from the sun tracks on this tree.