A few days ago I reviewed my "Best of 2007" pictures and realized how much I missed just hiking through the woods on an almost daily basis like I used to do when I lived in Houston.
It didn't take long for me to find a trail head.
A few minutes on the trail and I spotted the flower above.
The sphere was a little bigger than a golf ball, and scent could challenge anything fragrance that Chanel has to offer.
The flowers here were different than in Houston (mostly).
Later when I showed this picture to Bernie, he thought it might be a different kind of swift than he knows from California. He said he would have to get out his lizard identification book, something he hasn't needed to consult in years. Both of us are having to consult identification books now.
I began my hike around 7 pm; it was still fully light out, but some of the flowers bloomed in heavily shaded areas which required the use of a flash. Since I am never sure which will look best (with or without flash) I tried both, and was most pleased with the effect that flash created.
The book "Hinds feet on high places" readily came to mind with this sort of scene.
When I began the hike up the hill I was not all together pleased with the fact that Mill Creek was rushing across the street from where I parked.
streamlet which could be crossed via a wooden platform. Just one flower bloomed by the water, but what a flower it was! The picture of the day for sure!
It was starting to get a bit dark...bike riders still whizzed by me and one girl with the huge German Shepard that had goosed me earlier stopped her jogging long enough to ask if I was all right.