Trails for everyone, forever
Forest canopy after snowfall on Cougar Mountain, with partial fog conditions. Taken with a Nikon S8200, f/6.6, exposure 1/400 second.
Fall colors on Phil's Creek Trail on Squak Mountain. Taken October 1, 2016.
The rock underlayer is necessary for a durable trail. Mineral soil will go on top of this rock layer to complete the tread surface. Hand-crafting makes a difference, too!
Perhaps Mike Rowe should come profile WTA volunteers. A turnpike takes shape on the Fragrance Lake trail, one bucketful of mineral soil at a time.
A high-contrast monochrome view of Dirty Harry's trailhead gives the feeling of journeying into the past as one steps past the concrete blocks that mark the start of Harry's infamous, defunct logging road.
Tools indicate the presence of a WTA work party on the south trail to Lost Lake in Larrabee State Park, November 1, 2014.
Huckleberry bushes line the the trail through Paradise Meadow along Eagle Creek, providing tart, ripe berries and shades of autumn color.
The contour of the landscape forms an ideal frame for the peak of Mount Rainier. Seen while ascending Silver Peak.
Close-up shot of huckleberries picked at Pinnacle Lake
A western tent caterpillar (Malacosoma californicum) near Piper's Creek. This orange and black beauty will blossom into...a brown-winged moth. Taken with my Nikon S8200.
No deer came to Deer Park, but this shy chipmunk scurried away at the first sight of a human. Trail mix must not be one of its five food groups. Taken with a Nikon S8200.
A gray jay (Perisoreus canadensis) engages in a stare-down near the summit of West Tiger #3 on February 23, 2013. I nicknamed it "Officer Krupke" for inexplicable reasons.
It takes muscle, leverage, and teamwork to move large rocks. This one became the base of a rock wall retaining a landing beneath a staircase on the Rock Trail to Lost Lake in Larrabee State Park on November 24, 2013. Taken with a Nikon S8200.
Trailwork volunteers hike towards a date building the new Rock Trail to Lost Lake in Larrabee State Park, November 24, 2013. Taken with a Nikon S8200: 1/30 sec, f/3.3, ISO 900.
Beautiful and living up to its name, when not hiding in the mist, Red Mountain, a photographic fascination for me from any high point in Snoqualmie Pass, was tantalizingly close on the approach to Kendall Katwalk.
A female Common Merganser (Mergus merganser americanus) leads her brood of ducklings across Pete Lake. Nikon S8200, 1/250 sec, aperture 1/5.9, ISO 250.
Two streams of water cascade downward at Lower Bridal Veil Falls, on the Lake Serene trail. Taken with a Nikon S8200, exposure 1/125 sec, aperture f/3.8, ISO 100, and converted to grayscale.
Ascending the Ira Spring Trail on the way to Little Bandera, two hikers enjoy stunning peek-a-boo views of McClellan Butte, Mount Kent, and Mount Gardner on the other side of the South Fork Snoqualmie River valley.
Making a trailside guest appearance from HMS Pinafore, dear little buttercups were blooming in Grand Ridge Park. Tall buttercup (Ranunculus acris) is actually non-native and considered invasive, though it has not yet been honored with a place on the Washington State Noxious Weed List. Taken with a Nikon S8200, exposure 1/640 sec, aperture 1/3.3, ISO 1600.
New growth cedars, hemlocks, and Douglas firs line the trail to Teneriffe Falls, forming a gauntlet of trees and mist on either side of a trail that stretches into the distance.
Seen from Mount Si, Mount Constance and the Olympics dwarf the skyscrapers of downtown Seattle. From Mount Si on a clear day, one can resolve landmarks such as the Columbia Tower, Smith Tower, and Space Needle. Conversion of the photo to grayscale helps compensate for atmospheric haziness that limits resolution. Taken with a Nikon S8200, shutter 1/800 sec, f/5.1, ISO 100.
Sunlight cascading through the Douglas firs and Western hemlocks creates a moment of dark-light contrasts on the West Tiger 3 trail.
Paraglider Patti Fujii lifts off on a clear day from Poo Point on Tiger Mountain.
Black-and-white view of Mount Index (center), taken from Heybrook Lookout, March 24, 2013. Taken with a Nikon S8200, 1/400 sec, F 7.2, ISO 100.
Rattlesnake Ledge, seen from the John Wayne Trail parking area near Rattlesnake Lake. If you look VERY closely, you can see hikers at the top!