The Kaleberg Journal - September 2019


09/13 - Klahane Ridge - A New Season

It's already autumn up on Klahane Ridge. We drove into to the clouds after a fresh rain. The trail closes next week so they can rebuild the road, so we went on the first relatively dry day. The trail was wet. There were sparkling drops of water glistening on the lupine leaves. The clouds curled about the ridge. Visibility varied and the sun brightened and dimmed setting off the colors of the late summer, early fall foliage. There were no views of the distant Olympics. Not even Sunrise Point was visible. Still, the views were spectacular in their own way.

A misty scene

Less mist, more green

Rock plants

Late phlox

Clouds rising from the north meet the ridge.

The view north, no mountains in sight

Mist playing with the mountains

Pink yarrow, a mutant

Late summer foliage

Another bit of trail

Mist hiding the stone fingers

Another green carpet

More mist, more green

Berries of some sort

Drops of water on lupine leaves

Magic carpet beside the trail

More fog and cloud

Deeper in the cloud

The cloud thickens; reason one not to store your data in the cloud.

Keywords: autumn, klahane ridge


09/12 - Klahane Ridge - More of the Season

It was a spectacular hike. The clouds kept changing, now growing thicker and darkening the landscape, now thinner letting in light.

Late flowers

More green and fog

Ox parsnip by the trail

A last lupine



Clouds above

Clouds beside

Clouds thickening

A passage

Late summer grasses

The texture of the garden

Bright green and mist

More bright green, more mist

Paintbrush

Another passage

Lower and thicker

Fog in the umbrella forest

Carnivorous plants on stone

Keywords: klahane ridge, autumn


09/09 - Foster Island and the Arboretum

We were in Seattle for a short trip and took a walk from the UW light rail station to the Japanese Garden. We headed south across The Cut and took a hard left then headed down the steps towards the water. We followed the trail through scrub forest and along causeways to Foster Island and then south, under the highway, to the Arboretum. Usually, we give up around here, but this time we continued south and made our way to the Japanese Garden. The trees were still green, so we'll be back later in the fall for some proper leaf viewing.

Down the steps

Into the woods

There were still some water lilies in bloom.

More of the trail

Following the trail

They could do a great Halloween Haunted Trail here.

More trail

The Arboretum

Some flowers still in bloom

Keywords: seattle


The Kaleberg Journal - August 2019


08/23 - Marymere Falls

We haven't been getting out to Marymere Falls lately. The construction on route 101 along Lake Crescent with its 45 minute delays has discourage us. We took advantage of a pause in the work to take the 50 minute falls loop. It was a bright sunny day, and the forest was beautiful with the bright illumination. There were a good number of others out visiting the falls which were relatively quiet as one might expect in the late summer.

The wide walk to the falls

Another view en route, dark trees, bright sun

The bridge

Water in the canyon

The falls

A view of the falls from the upper overview

Pyramid Peak visible through the trees

Keywords: lake crescent, marymere falls, summer


08/22 - Klahane Ridge - High Summer

Once again we put on our hiking boots, grabbed our hiking sticks and hauled ourselves up to Klahane Ridge by way of the Switchback Trail. We didn't set any speed records, but we made it. The climb was sunny with a blue sky, but by the time we made it to the ridge, clouds were rising from the sea and shrouding peaks and valleys. We rested a bit and watched the clouds rise with the warmth of the day. By the time we made it back to the parking lot, the sky was mostly blue again.

It was a late summer hike. The lupines and larkspur were long gone. Vegetation was thick, but only a handful of flowers remained, mainly in microclimates. Many plants had gone to seed, but the yarrow was near its peak.


Clouds and Mount Olympus

Brilliant sun

Another bright scene

Two butterflies

Those two again

A last bit of phlox

More clouds at the ridge

Clouds seeping in from the north

A view of the Olympic Mountains

Asters

Another spectacular view

Larkspur and paintbrush

Late summer blooms

A view from on the way down

A bit of the trail now that the sun had returned

Paintbrush

A hawk we had seen soaring earlier

A last few lupines

More paintbrush

Keywords: flowers, klahane ridge, summer


08/15 - Late Summer Little River Trail

We were back on the Little River Trail, and it was obvious that summer is passing. There were fewer flowers and a lot more berries. The mushrooms were up and about. It's a nice easy trail and a good way to track the seasons.

The trail

Another bit of trail

Thimbleberries

Spooky pipes

More spooky pipes - Halloween must be nigh.

Devil's claw berries

Possibly a chanterelle

Last bit of Pacific dogwood

False solomon's seal berries

The Little River

More of the forest trail

Another bit of magic forest

Old wood

More pipes

Onward

Ghost mushrooms

More devil's claw - Maybe Halloween really is nigh.

A rock face

Little mushrooms

Keywords: little river, summer


08/10 - Sunset in Seattle

Some friends of ours were celebrating their anniversary on the top floor of one of the Insignia Towers. These two 40+ floor towers had been holes in the ground quite recently, but now they were full of homes, offices and amenities. One of the amenities was a roof top dog walk. Another was the party room where we celebrated our friends' anniversary. Yet another was a roof top lounge where we took these pictures of the setting sun.

An iconic Seattle scene

South Lake Union

The Olympic Mountains

The harbor

South a bit to downtown - You can tell it is Seattle because of the crane visible near the left edge.

Keywords: seattle


08/08 - Seattle Walks

We were in Seattle recently, and we did what we always like doing when we are in a big city, we walked and walked. One day we walked back from Ballard to Fremont to South Lake Union. This isn't the most photogenic walk, but we did get a close up of a heron perhaps six feet from us on the footpath. The other day, we walked along Alki Beach in West Seattle and soaked up the beach town ambience with big city views. We saw another heron, and we saw a wild tomato plant of all things.

Aurora Bridge

Fremont Bridge too

That heron, unperturbed

Seattle still has a working harbor close to downtown.

Alki Beach

That beach town ambience

More ambience

A bit further east

A wild tomato plant

Another heron

A view of Seattle

Keywords: seattle


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