Mid-winter Walk

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At the edge of town – dam on Placer Creek

Cabin fever:  I’ve been reviewing photos from previous camping trips, excited to get more blogs written showing some of my favorite places on the planet.  But sitting at a computer editing photos and writing blogs is lacking what I really need at the moment; I need to get outside and spend some time with the “real deal” – creeks and trees.  Even though it is mid-February, it feels like early spring: a good day to walk.  So I head out of town on my two feet; don’t even need ski poles this time.   Arriving at the Pulaski Trail, I only hike a short ways in, as here the shaded trail is quite icy and ski poles would have been handy.

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Bridge over Placer Creek at Pulaski Trail Head

But that is okay;  I dilly-dally taking photos of moss and ferns and dead leaves along the trail.

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Moss bright and fresh

Placer Creek is a challenge to photograph today due to the sunlight being brighter than it has been for some time.  The creek is also running high and wild due to snow-melt – in February!  Trying to get that wonderful silky look just isn’t happening, so I go for the frothy look instead.

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Placer Creek – the frothy look

I’m grateful for my wonderfully improved vision after recent cataract surgery; the world is bright and clear.  Even though I don’t get many “savers” on my outing, I find great delight in merely looking at bare winter trees intermingled with the grand firs towering over me, naked bushes and shrubs along the dashing creek, moss perking up, and other signs of life along my path.

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Signs of life

Soon we will be on the road, heading to new camping places and new sight-seeing adventures, but for today a good walk along Placer Creek invigorated my body, brightened my mind, and soothed my soul.[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]

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