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Hadn't been out around the north side in a long time.
Hoped to see some mushrooms and waterfalls.
But I forgot. You need rain for that stuff.
I felt like I'd seen Alpine Lake lower, but Cataract Gulch was about as dry as I recall ever seeing it. Consolation: the bigleaf maples were looking pretty good.
I was hoping to find another shot of this dry ravine from November in another year to compare with what I found this morning, but I had to settle for a mid-December shot from last year.
I enjoyed this small fall nevertheless. Too bad we can't tend a small fall like a small flame to make it bigger.
I hate to annoy a red-tail into flight. But I did it anyway. Just by standing there, mind you. It's not like I yelled and waved my arms or anything.
I checked up on the trail camera and caught just one animal all week again, this time a grey fox. I moved the camera to get a different view of what looks like a promising area nearby. I put my schnoz near the rock the bobcat scent-marked (from last week) but didn't smell anything more than mossy rock.
I didn't feel like going home yet. I wanted to do a little more photography first.
So I looked at the ground and found a few interesting leaves.
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