Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Todd Lake trail
Dust rises with each footfall. The trail hasn't seen rain for a month or longer. Prints of other hikers and their dogs litter the trail, but we find tracks of deer and elk mixed in with the hikers.
Subalpine lupine, larkspur, dirty socks and pussypaws continue to bloom along the trail, although the sense that the summer season is nearing its end is present. More seedpods than blooms, seeds with silky hairs, winged seeds from the hemlocks spiraling downward. Ah, the start of September in the high country.