Thursday, March 26, 2009

Nature Notes: Upper Bidwell Park in the Spring

Today I've got another Nature Notes blog entry. Nature Notes is the creation of Michelle from Rambling Woods.

Yesterday, I took a short hike in Upper Bidwell Park. I love this hike. It's a fairly steady uphill climb, not uncomfortable, but good exercise. This time of year, it's very green, lots of wildflowers.

In the Summer, it's much warmer and gold in every direction. The first weekend that Steve visited, we did this hike. He called it a "Death March," but he laughed when he said it.
As we hiked up the hill, I found myself growing comfortable with him again. It was the beginning of falling in love with him, after more than 20 years apart.

I'd say that 9 times out of 10 I've hiked this alone. I've run it many times and I always feel a mountain goat scrambling up and then I fly back down. One time, I ran by these woman who were my age and one called out, "You go, girl!"

The below shot is looking to the West. That ridge of rock you see is right around where the basalt rock starts. The creek lies below the line. I'll take some photos of that area soon.

More wildflowers. I wanted to lay on my belly to get a different view of these, but it was so busy up there and it's not like the front lawn when I'm trying to get shots of the clover.

I love the wildflowers, but oh man is my head a mess from my allergies. Not as bad as poor Max, though. He's very uncomfortable and he takes allergy medicine all year.

The shot below was shot near the bottom of the trail. You can see the fields of flowers. I start the trail with a worry. Some issue that has bothered me all day. With every step I examine the problem, try to work out the knot. By the time I get back to the bottom, I always feel better. I can leave it on the hill.


Anonymous said...

Well..'You go girl'..this is great. I love the idea of leaving the problems on the mountain, but for me, I think a hike would be the 'March of Death". What is it about nature that lets us put all our cares least for a little while. I find a walk around the pond does it and I have to think about my stuff when I get back into the house. Thank you for participating in Nature Notes...Michelle

Anonymous said...

Great walk. These wildflowers are very pretty. Your countryside seems already so green. Wonderful.

Carletta said...

What a lovely post! My immediate comment was going to be the same as Michelle's - leaving it on the hill - love that!

Anonymous said...

It is beautiful. I often find I can shed my worries when I get out in nature. Let the birdies and flowers worry for me.

MyMaracas said...

What a magnificent place for a hike. And like the others, I love the image of leaving your problems up on the mountain. Your photos are beautiful, and I feel like I got to to on your walk along with you.

kden said...

I love these shots, especially the first one with the delicate purple flowers. It looks like such a beautiful area.

healingmagichands said...

thank you for taking us on this guided tour. The place is spectacular and the photography superb. Hope your allergies have calmed down by now!

Carver said...

What a wonderful hike. Thanks for taking us with you. I love all the wildflowers you shot.

Askew To You said...

Thanks for all the great comments! I had no idea that these were here. I'll be over to check out your Nature Notes, as well. :D