Tag Archives: hiking

Grand Teton Peaks

photograph of the peaks of the Grand Teton mountains with wildflowers in the foreground

The views of the Grand Teton range are spectacular enough on their own.  Throw in a few blooming flowers in the foreground and it’s hard to imagine a better landscape opportunity.

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Black Bear in Meadow

photograph of a black bear in a meadow

A black bear forages for food among the wildflowers and fallen logs in a woodland meadow of Grand Teton National Park.


Colorful Fungus on Log

photograph of orange and brown fungus growing on the side of a snowy log

This fallen log, in Pocahontas State Park, near Richmond, Virginia, forms the basis for quite an ecosystem of colorful fungus and lichen.


Lichen Bloom

photograph of lichen blooming on the side of a tree

Sometimes it’s the little things in nature that really catch my eye.  This lichen was growing on the side of a very large pine tree.  I approached the tree to get a closer look at something else when I noticed the tiny, bright red blooms on the lichen.  Who knew that lichen actually bloomed?


Melt Off

photograph of trees reflected in a puddle of melting snow

As I hiked past this puddle of melting snow I stopped to look at the reflections in it.  Snow was falling off the trees in clumps and caused ripples in the puddle.


Steaming Stump

photograph of steam coming off a log as snow melts

When I arrived at the edge of the lake, this stump was absorbing the sun.  As the dark wood warmed snow was converted into a small cloud of steam.  As a result, this photo shows all three forms of water:  frozen (snow), liquid (water), and vapor (steam).


Seed Pod

photograph of a seed podI can’t identify the plant which produced this seed pod but I can confidently say it wasn’t a dandelion.  It was low, leggy bush with dried up leaves when I took this photo in November.  Regardless of my ignorance, I thought the plant’s seed pod was worthy of a close up photo.