Independance Lake Aug 2011


Independance Lake Hike Aug 5 2011<br />Neat blossums near the start of our hike to Independance Lake.Independance Lake Hike Aug 5 2011<br />Fran pauses for another on the trail shot.Independance Lake Hike Aug 5 2011<br />One of the water crossings that took some tall steps to pass. Independance Lake Hike Aug 5 2011<br />We see lots of "conks" on logs in the woods.Independance Lake Hike Aug 5 2011<br />Fran climbs a steep stretch as we rise up to the lake elevation.Independance Lake Hike Aug 5 2011<br />A view of the canyon we are climbing to reach the lake.Independance Lake Hike Aug 5 2011<br />Fran climbs the last portion of the trail as we get close to the lake. Independance Lake Hike Aug 5 2011<br />The first good look as we arrive at the lake.Independance Lake Hike Aug 5 2011<br />The outlet stream from the lake.Independance Lake Hike Aug 5 2011<br />Crossing the outflow steam at the lake was reasonably easy, assuming your balance is good.Independance Lake Hike Aug 5 2011<br />Crossing the outflow steam at the lake was reasonably easy, assuming your balance is good. Independance Lake Hike Aug 5 2011<br />Pretty glimpses of the water as we walk on the west sdie of the lake.Independance Lake Hike Aug 5 2011<br />The lake has very blue colors.Independance Lake Hike Aug 5 2011<br />Snow is mostly gone from the trail, quite late this year.Independance Lake Hike Aug 5 2011<br />We had only a small patch of snow to cross today, as much was melted in the previous few days Independance Lake Hike Aug 5 2011<br />The trail has patches of corn lilies near the campsite on the north end of the lake.Independance Lake Hike Aug 5 2011<br />These "lily pad like" flowers need a name....Independance Lake Hike Aug 5 2011<br />Corn lilies.Independance Lake Hike Aug 5 2011<br />A spot to sit and eat a snack. Independance Lake Hike Aug 5 2011<br />A Trillium flower.Independance Lake Hike Aug 5 2011<br />Corn liliesIndependance Lake Hike Aug 5 2011<br />Corn lilies and dead wood.Independance Lake Hike Aug 5 2011<br />Fran is at the north end of the lake. Independance Lake Hike Aug 5 2011<br />Corn lily shootsIndependance Lake Hike Aug 5 2011<br />We had only a small patch of snow to cross today, as much was melted in the previous few days.Independance Lake Hike Aug 5 2011<br />The trail climbs over fallen dead wood.Independance Lake Hike Aug 5 2011<br />A campground is in the trees at the north end of the lake. Independance Lake Hike Aug 5 2011<br />Looking at the east sdie of the lake.Independance Lake Hike Aug 5 2011<br />Not sure what that expression means, but it looks like happiness to be finding the way out.Independance Lake Hike Aug 5 2011<br />Ron gets in front of the camera at the lake.Independance Lake Hike Aug 5 2011<br />Most trails in these parts have roots to walk over. Independance Lake Hike Aug 5 2011<br />A few places have water crossings..... this one is very easy.Independance Lake Hike Aug 5 2011<br />A decomposing tree stump.Independance Lake Hike Aug 5 2011<br />Another easy water crossing.Independance Lake Hike Aug 5 2011<br />A interesting "jelly lichen" which becomes a liquid when you touch it. Independance Lake Hike Aug 5 2011<br />New fern shoots unfolding as they emerge.

These are images by Ron Black using his HS10 Fuji "Bridge" camera.   This is a light easy to carry camera with a very wide range zoom lens, convenient to have along on a long hike.

These are images from our August 2011 hikes,  this one to Independance Lake, on the Mountain Loop Highway, above Granite Falls, WA.

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