It was a beautiful way to start my Wednesday.
Initially I worried that it was going to be “one of those days” when the little American Pipit I was trying to photograph decided she was way too busy to be bothered. I have those days plenty.
Perfect light, I’m focused … and POOF, she’s gone. Oh well. There are a hundred tries for every really good shot I take. I can live with that.
I decide after a sunrise walk to the Emmons Glacier overlook, to head up towards Burroughs Mountain. At Sourdough Ridge I see two black bears way off in the distance. I think maybe I might get a closer look from Huckleberry Ridge.
It’s a short, steep spur trail before Frozen Lake to Huckleberry Ridge. I love this trail in fall. I get over the top of the ridge and see no bears. I love this place for the solitude so I walk about a half mile down and take in the views. I’ll be back for this trail when the dirt is frozen and the colors explode. I’m thinking a few weeks …
Walking back up to the top of the ridge, I continue down and pick up the trail again towards Frozen Lake and Burroughs Mountain.
At First Burroughs I notice a weird cloud pattern developing over Her Majesty. It swirls and then hugs the top like a hat. I’ve seen it look like it was erupting before and this is a cool encore to last September. (Check out my blog from last year, linked at the end of this post.)
Mt Adams is visible off in the distance in a sea of blue waves. I love everything about this place!
I head back to Sunrise via the Rim Trail. It is “other-wordly” and just plain gorgeous.
A few birds and squirrels came out today after my less than auspicious beginning.
Shadow Lake was spectacular.
A last glimpse along the Sunrise Camp/Shadow Lake trail back to the parking lot at Sunrise.
Here’s last year’s post when she looked like she might be “blowing”. I heard from a friend on my drive back home today that “Twitter was a-twitter” with speculation about what looked like plumes of smoke coming from Her Majesty. Rest assured, it was just a lenticular cloud forming on a really lovely September day.