Field Notes: a Northwest nature blog
One of the reasons many of us live in the Pacific Northwest is the natural wonders that amaze us all. On this blog Seattle Times writers and photographers will share their explorations of the natural world from snowcaps to whitecaps. Write us at email@example.com with your own sightings, questions and wonders to share.
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Instant spring: just add altitude.
While the rest of the country sweats, here in Washington all we have to do to cool off is go higher. Instant spring: just add altitude.
A hike to Olallie Lake in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness brought the reward of not only the picture perfect lake, but a rewind of spring, hiking through trillium, skunk cabbage and twigs just breaking bud.
Skunk cabbage is a harbinger of spring... unless you head up to Snoqualmie Pass, where you can see them in mid-July! I photographed this beauty in the swampy areas along the trail to Olallie Lake.
Just as fresh and beautiful and evocative in their spring-rewind appeal were the trillium. There were several nice stands along the trail to enjoy.
Pink trillium is always something special... but then, so is white.