Issei Creek Mini-Fall by Shari Maria Silverman is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.We live during an intense time. Lots of great things happen, like successful attempts to develop non-GM, salt-tolerant wheat (link at base of post). Lots of bad stuff bombards us, like the current erosion of civil rights (in the U.S.) and the conflicts everywhere.
I don’t know about you, but I needed to go for a hike yesterday.
Grand Forest Flower by Shari Maria Silverman is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License
Grand Forest Flower: I love these. They bloom near the end of winter all over the Pacific Northwest. Their blossoms hang like bells off the tree. Taken March 17, 2012.
I chose the Grand Forest on Bainbridge Island, Washington. It is a great place to head if you live there, are otherwise visiting, or passing through. To be honest, though lovely; it is too short to be a destination hike.
However, it is extremely well-maintained and constantly grows larger. Bainbridge Island is gradually interconnecting the island with trails, which cross thoroughfares and connect with other parks, such as Battle Point Park.
Yesterday morning, it dumped sloppy, wet snow, then poured rain, so I expected the trail to be a soppy mess. It was a bit. Duff provided some mat to walk on. Tire tracks indicated that the weather did not impede mountain bikers. The splash marks next to those tracks suggested they had a lot of fun.
With the snow earlier in the day, I was delighted to find some of my favorite flowers blooming off the trees (see photo to the right). They are white. They hang upside-down off helicopter wings. They look as if they belong in a wedding.
This trail was incredibly apt for Saint Patricks Day as it was incredibly green (photo at post base). Ferns everywhere. Moss grew on trees (with ferns). Green flowers. Green lichen. Green mold covering the brown trunks. Green leaves.
There were no snakes.
Non-GM Salt-tolerant Wheat Development Article, click here
Another Grand Forest Post: Stacked Rocks in Grand Forest
Battle Point Park Posts:
St. Pattys Day Hike: Very Green by Shari Maria Silverman is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.