This morning was gray and gloomy, the worst possible light for photography… but perfect for a hike. Okay, yes I think everyday is the perfect day for a hike. It was a good day to work with my new camera equipment weather protection by LensCoat, think neoprene wet suit for your cameras and lenses. I realize I will need to make a few minor modifications to the camera covers so I can shoot with the speed I prefer. I am making all my winter preparations, even got a new pair of Kako Snow/ice traction devices for my boots.
When I reach the Dead Chief Trail I decide to go around the base Hot Springs Mountain. The gray gloom makes photographing the tiny shadowy birds impossible. I am blessed to hear the beautiful songs echoing through the Forest as I hike. Nearly all the leaves have fallen and it feels as if winter has came early to the park. Ahead and to my right I see what I believe to be a bright candy wrapper. When I reach the violet object I am amazed to see it is in fact a wildflower, a spring wildflower. In the gloom of a dark Autumn Morning an unexpected gem glows along the trail side. Spring has arrived within the late Autumn Forest. Small and delicate Bird-Foot Violets are blooming. Tiny ghosts of seasons past. Petals spread like wings as if to take flight from the Forest floor. I had always thought the one I spotted on the Goat Rock Trail February 06 2009 just before the snow and ice winter storms was early. Nature always presents me with the most glorious bouquets.
On the Upper Dogwood I meet two wonderful Nature Lovers, Pamela and Al. They are a lovely couple who live a green lifestyle caring for our delicate planet earth. I am thankful they took the time to stop and speak with me today in the park.
Get out in Nature you never know what surprises are waiting for you :o)