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green and cedar-red

Saturday, the inhabitants of Biomass (my apartment) spontaneously decided a hike was in order. It was really nice, actually - a time to stop kicking worries back and forth in my head and just look and listen. Lose myself in a hundred scents - cedar and damp earth and mist and dust and moss and the almost-sharp scent of blackberry leaves. Crow calls. We saw what I think was a Western Jumping Mouse - it sat on the path and jumped about three feet into the bushes when we walked up. The mouse's sides were much lighter colored than that picture shows, but the description says 'golden sides'.

I took a camera, because I've found that it helps me focus on what I'm seeing, a sort of visual meditation, and because I do not have any pictures of generic Pacific Northwest forests (as opposed to pictures of my friends being silly in said forests), despite hiking or camping fairly frequently.

Waterfall from an observation platform. We hiked down to the bottom of the valley, and clambered over rocks down there for a while, then hiked back up.

Slope down to the waterfall. The trail was actually very gentle, though, lots and lots of switchbacks. I think we 'ambled' more than 'hiked,' perhaps. Which was fine with me; it was a little hot for strenuous activity, and I was stumbling over rocks nearly blind, having forgotten my sunglasses.

Yeah yeah, I know, another waterfall shot. I was fascinated by the way the water fell into long gossamer sheets, like dancing veils. This picture was taken from atop a large rock near the base of the waterfall.

Last waterfall shot, I promise. One neat thing about this photo is the fact that the rainbow goes all the way to the edge of the image, but when I took it, I could only really see the rainbow right next to the water where the mist was thickest.

Blackberry flowers. These are Himalayan blackberries, which like disturbed ground, and which you're probably only too well acquainted with if you're lucky enough to have a backyard in this area.
We also saw a few trailing blackberries, which have smaller, more delicate leaves, and a softer, greener scent, without the sort of sharp edge that the himalayans have. They grow in undisturbed forest, and produce much smaller, sweeter berries. None ripe, alas.

Ferns, felled tree, cedar, blackberries.

Tapestry of sun and shadow, tangle of cedar roots. Cedar scent rich and heady and warm. After we left the area, in the car ride home, I noticed my hair smelled like cedar, and would have purred like a cat with catnip were I capable.

View parallel to the slope, cedar and ferns, dappled with sunlight. plantae, who is a botanist, told me once that the distinguishing feature of a Pacific Northwest forest was Douglas Fir, but I've privately always considered it cedar.
I grew up in California, amoung redwoods, and on the East coast, where the forests are almost entirely deciduous. Well... I grew up a bit of everywhere, I guess, and everywhere immersed myself in forest-song as much as possible (with my parent's blessing - it was always my job to cut wood, or to gather wild strawberries and choke cherries, or hickory bark, to tend our animals and keep not-ours away), but only here have I seen much cedar. Mmmmm.

Look! Some trees that are not cedars! Amazing, huh? And a whole bunch of sword ferns.

Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative
Current Music: Concrete Blond - Mexican Moon

Mmmm. I wish I could've gone with you. It's been ages since I've been to Snoqualmie and I've always wanted to go down the trail to the falls(I've only ever been to the lodge, so never actually been *to* the falls, just been *above* them.)

I actually started watching Twin Peaks for the sole reason that they pictured Snoqualmie Falls (I was living in southern CA at the time and sorely missing my beloved Pacific Northwest.)

Wonder if I could have the wedding there. Would inconvenience everyone for the travel there, though...

Nothing to me beats the smell of the pines, though. My mother used to insist on noble firs every year for Christmas trees, and they're consequently my favorite (not that I can identify many other trees at all, really, but y'know.)

Thank you for posting those!

> Wonder if I could have the wedding there. Would inconvenience everyone for the travel there, though...

We saw a wedding there, actually. They have a nice outdoor area for it, seating and flowered trellises. I thought it was kinda stupid, honestly, to be dressed so nice and only see one tame rose garden area, until, on the way back to our car, we saw them all changing into shorts and hiking shoes, and discussing throwing the groom into the water. Then I approved :).

I think you should have your wedding there. I'll even help throw gfish into the water!

Actually, I should've clarified; I already knew that I *could* have the wedding there. I wonder if I *would*, and if I could afford it. I haven't asked them for prices yet.

I don't think I want them throwing my groom into the water unless he wants to be, though. :)

(And for damn sure nobody's throwing *me* into the water. Unless they want to be very badly hurt.)

This is why there are best men. And maids of honor. besides holding the epoxy, I mean.

Ooooo. Hm, if there's eopxy involved, maybe I will attend the wedding after all.

I'm wounded, deeply wounded, by the implication that my wedding would not involve epoxy.

The cedar roots remind me of the walking trees in the jungle. The topsoil there is so thin that most of the trees keep their root system above ground... I think I got some nifty shots I could share once my film is developed

I would really like to see your pictures.


Will do. I just have to get the money together to get them developed :)