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.

A Good Match

Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out going to the mountains is going home; that wilderness is a necessity…

John Muir


So many interpretations of a good match are running through my mind tonight – father and son, mountain hiking and stress relief, nature and escape, family time and growth.  You name it and I’ll find a way to match it with a quote and a shot of the Pacific Northwest.

This weeks image is a look back to our 2008 day at Artist Point in the Mt Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest and one of my favorite shots of John and Ryan together.

Posted as part of the Weekly Photo Challenge:  A Good Match.

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: Window


The Glacier Public Service Center on the Mt. Baker Scenic Byway welcomes visitors to the north side of the Mt. Baker Snoqualmie National Forest and North Cascades National Park in Washington State.  The stone and wood Cascadian style Center was built in 1938 by the Civilian Conservation Corps and is listed in the Federal Register of Historic Places.  There is a 24 hour self-serve information center outside of the building but during peak tourist season the interior is open for visitor services, books, maps and recreation passes.

Posted as part of the Weekly Photo Challenge:  Window

Black & White Tuesday

B&W Doors and Windows 1

B&W Doors and Windows 2

The theme for Sonel’s final black and white challenge was windows and doors.  I have really enjoyed taking time to look at my photos in a new way every week and even though Sonel will no longer be accepting submissions to her weekly group I want to continue posting a few of my own black and white images every Tuesday.

These two photos are of the  Glacier Public Service Center and Ranger Station in the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.  We stopped here on our way to visit Mt. Baker and Artist’s Point last weekend to purchase a car pass and pick up some field guides before driving up to the highest point of public access on the mountain.   I couldn’t resist walking around the stone building looking for old doors and interesting angles while everyone else was inside listening to the Park Rangers…