Moss On Stone

“There is an ancient conversation going on between mosses and rocks, poetry to be sure. About light and shadow and the drift of continents. This is what has been called the “dialect of moss on stone – an interface of immensity and minute ness, of past and present, softness and hardness, stillness and vibrancy, yin and yan.”
― Robin Wall Kimmerer, Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses

From our hike to Mason Lake via the Ira Spring Trail in the Mt. Baker – Snoqualmie National Forest.  Preserving places like this is one more reason why we must protect our National Parks and Forests.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Careful (Father and Son)

Be careful to leave your sons well instructed rather than rich, for the hopes of the instructed are better than the wealth of the ignorant.


One of the best things about my usual “third in line” hiking position is capturing moments like this.   John and Ryan like to walk a little faster than me and as they get comfortable on their feet the conversation starts to flow covering everything from science to current events, life questions and popular culture.  I get to hang back, take photos and watch the two of them be together in the moment.

Posted as part of the Weekly Photo Challenge:  Careful.

Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Black & White (Into the Forest)

A few weeks ago I shared the slightly embarrassing fact that sometimes I take a picture of where I’ve parked my car so I won’t lose it in a crowded garage but I didn’t mention that I also take photos of trail signs whenever we are out for a hike.  I’m pretty sure that these signs wouldn’t be much help if we were lost but they certainly help me identify where we’ve been months later if my file isn’t labeled properly.    Also I can’t resist anything that announces we are now in the wilderness…

iPhone Tuesday 10-20

A misty shot of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness sign on the way to Mason Lake, posted for Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge:  Black and White.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Monochromatic (Summer Greens in the Pacific Northwest)

A powerful monochromatic image is composed of a gradient of a single color, and has an emphasis on texture and composition.

Jen H. The Daily Post

Monochromatic Oggl

After a steep but scenic hike up the Snoqualmie Region’s Ira Spring Trail winding through an evergreen forest, wildflower meadows and granite avalanche zones we enjoyed our mossy descent down to Mason Lake and a picnic lunch.

Posted as part of the Weekly Photo Challenge:  Monochromatic.