New altitude

I just came back from an awe inspiring trip to Alaska. All I can say is WOW!

This being my first trip to this wonderful state I think my senses are full of the wonder of nature. Very hard to express in words. I took a walk along the shore and I kept getting the feeling I was just an ant in the midst of tall, tall trees. I stopped to breathe it all in and found this.

On top of a post

It looks like I took this from ground level but no. This is moss and small ferns that have sprouted on top of a post. The background is the shoreline across from the walking path I was on. This reminds me of a magical fairy forest. I have to admit I only think of snow in Alaska. The lush depth of green colors, all the ferns and mossy fungi everywhere! I was correctly schooled by my tour guides this is a temporal climate.

Private cemetery entrance

As I continued to walk I found this cute cemetery. I am familiar with the blue spruce but the different rocks and bright green weeds is just singing out to be recreated in a landscape.

I then took a gondola ride up the mountain. The trees seemed closer up but just as impressive. Can you see all the “happy little trees” as Bob Ross used to say? His painting style certainly came to mind when I got this shot from the gondola.

Oh wow, this trip has sent my artistic mind to a whole new altitude indeed! Now to get busy creating.

Different Air

I am on a new adventure, visiting Seattle, Washington for the first time for a few days before I head to an Alaskan cruise.

I began my day with a walk on a nature trail close to my hotel. It is a trail along the Green river on one side and office buildings on the other. An oasis of nature within the city. I found the landscape interesting and very calm.

Walking bridge over the Green river
Flowers or weeds who cares they are wonderful

As I wondered along I found a crack in the walking path that was amazing. Something caused two ruptures in the asphalt base. They had been circled in white to show a need to repair this. But wait who or what painted the center red making them appear to be mini volcanoes? Just me but it made me smile.

Move on down the path and I find bends in the river, full of lush green over growth. Lots of trees, some different weeds and a few ducks that kept moving so I couldn’t photograph them. Looking across the river I am intrigued by some stumps in the river that have bright green growth poking on the top of them. The reflections on the calm water is interesting, too. This will be stored in my expanding group of possible photos to start a new art quilt

Hairy stumps? What was here before? I really like the shadows on the water surface.

I was so into the moment I lost track of time. Checked my watch and saw I needed to turn around and make a bee line back so as not to miss the shuttle. Made it on time for my next new place to explore. A new path to follow with different air for certain.