Blue Lake

Blue Lake, Washington 98603, USA
Blue Lake, Cowlitz County, WashingtonBlue LakeCowlitz County, WashingtonThe currently-bald Mt. Saint Helens back when it still had hair...er...snowBlue Lake, Cowlitz County, WashingtonBlue LakeCowlitz County, WashingtonBlue lake is a relatively small, somewhat isolated tarn located at the base of Mount St. Helens. The trail to and from is spartan, to say the...Blue Lake, Cowlitz County, WashingtonBlue LakeCowlitz County, WashingtonThis bodacious character appeared on the side of a tree in one of my earlier posts. It's good to see him again. He brings back some fond memories.Butte Camp Trail, Skamania County, WashingtonButte Camp TrailSkamania County, WashingtonAnd, in reverse.Butte Camp Trail, Skamania County, WashingtonButte Camp TrailSkamania County, WashingtonThis trench, currently an arroyo but likely coursing with water in wetter seasons, is about twelve feet deep and runs from as far in the distance...Butte Camp Trail, Skamania County, WashingtonButte Camp TrailSkamania County, WashingtonWild Asters These are hard to miss.Butte Camp Trail, Skamania County, WashingtonButte Camp TrailSkamania County, WashingtonLots of beautiful wildflowers still blooming on the mountainside. Here's a Small-flowered Lupine.Butte Camp Trail, Skamania County, WashingtonButte Camp TrailSkamania County, WashingtonFor those who want to know, our industrious friend here is an "Anicia checkerspot" (Euphydryas anicia). He is probably about 2.5 inches tall.Butte Camp Trail, Skamania County, WashingtonButte Camp TrailSkamania County, WashingtonAh, to be back in the mountains, and to do it on one of the hottest days of the year. Top it off by discovering a trail that almost no one knows...Butte Camp Trail, Skamania County, WashingtonButte Camp TrailSkamania County, WashingtonNot much fauna up in the mountains, at least not much that wants to come down and play with the humans. But there are a few small things worth...Butte Camp Trail, Skamania County, WashingtonButte Camp TrailSkamania County, WashingtonCastileja, commonly known as Prarie Fire, more commonly known as Indian Paintbrush. You can't get away from these things on the mountain. They're...Butte Camp Trail, Skamania County, WashingtonButte Camp TrailSkamania County, WashingtonWhen the trees lose their leaves up here, they're essentially freeze-dried in place, at least if someone doesn't get a "cull & cut" permit to haul...Butte Camp Trail, Skamania County, WashingtonButte Camp TrailSkamania County, WashingtonTrailhead.Butte Camp Trail, Skamania County, WashingtonButte Camp TrailSkamania County, WashingtonWhat's that you say? Why, I do believe you're right. That chunk of lava does resemble the head of an Alligator. How observant of you.Butte Camp Trail, Skamania County, WashingtonButte Camp TrailSkamania County, WashingtonFalse Foxglove. All these flowers are so tiny and subtle that they can very well go unnoticed this late in the year.Butte Camp Trail, Skamania County, WashingtonButte Camp TrailSkamania County, WashingtonFamous lone tree at Lake Wanak...no..wait...Butte Camp Trail, Skamania County, WashingtonButte Camp TrailSkamania County, WashingtonView from the trailhead.Butte Camp Trail, Skamania County, WashingtonButte Camp TrailSkamania County, WashingtonAnother creature that might have been overlooked by a less obsessed...er...attentive individual.Butte Camp Trail, Skamania County, WashingtonButte Camp TrailSkamania County, WashingtonLots of beauty here, folks. Really, as far as the eye can see.Butte Camp Trail, Skamania County, WashingtonButte Camp TrailSkamania County, WashingtonNearly at the end of the four-mile trek to reach the Loowitt Trail, the views of the mountain are no longer obstructed by trees and lower-level...
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