This entry focuses on the proliferation of wildflowers I saw today from
the Little Willis Trail on the north side of Hope Pass.
I was mostly in thick forest below 11,000 feet where few flowers were
in bloom. I began seeing more and more woodland wildflowers along Little Willis Creek and in the
open meadows as I got closer to
It was difficult to capture the beauty of the flowers in areas of
shade and sun; my inexpensive camera does much better in full
sun. Even editing software couldn't salvage most of the shots I took in
The more sun reaching the ground, the more flowers I saw.
I just had to stand in awe when
I reached the blanket of predominantly purple asters and/or yellow
daisy-like wildflowers near and above treeline:
I took a large number of close-ups of the flowers on my way back down
the mountain. Here are some of them:
See why it took me almost seven hours to hike a little less than twelve miles??
I took a boatload of pictures and spent lots of time simply enjoying my surroundings.
Each time I climb a particular mountain I wonder if it will be the last
time . . .
If this is the last time I am able to climb up to Hope Pass, it was a
great hike that I can remember fondly.
Next entry: exploring Willis Gulch, a new trail to us
between Mount Hope and Twin Peaks
"Runtrails & Company" - Sue Norwood, Jim O'Neil,
and Cody the Ultra Lab
© 2011 Sue Norwood and Jim O'Neil