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Last Thursday, I drove into CR 1205 all the way the from Highway 16 to Iceledo Gap. The weather was pretty; high in the mid-60s, and a bright sunny March sky. It had rained an inch about 3 days prior so the creek was running pretty good.  I reached Falling Water Falls about 9:00 AM and the falls was shaded (sun yet to climb over the backdrop of trees), so I took a few photos, enjoyed the smell of witch hazel in bloom (after doubling back an hour and a half later I did get a few more pictures with a Canon G15 Point and Shoot), and then drove down past the huge landslide repair area to ……..

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Richland Creek and walked the south bank and got a few photos that show the true colors of the waters of Richland Creek; one of my  “all time” favorite spots:



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These photos are a week old now; from back when the sun used to shine (its been mostly cloudy for a week now and unseasonably cold too), 28F again this morning. These are of American Goldfinches just beginning to molt to yellow; with 5 weeks they will be bright yellow. The mourning cloak was in the snow at Richland Creek, two weeks ago. I took the Goldfinch photos in my yard with a telephoto lens about Feb 20th, 2013:

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Woke up to snow flurries in bursts this morning and mix of sun and clouds. Temperature was 28F at dawn.

I went to Richland Creek on February 14th and found a patch of Trout Lilys (Dog-tooth Violets) in a sunny area by Falling Water Creek on the entrance to Richland Creek from the south. I had forgotten the rugged beauty of the Richland Creek area and loved the see the mountains close in on the Creeks  on both sides. The water of the Richland Creek was extremely blue, partly due to the high blue sky and partly due to the suspended minerals in the water.

I saw about 30 deer in 4-5 groups and a coyote on the old landslide area (a landslide a few years back, so large, that it closed the south entrance of Richland Creek Wilderness for 2 years) until it could be moved and the road re-graded. There was not one other tire track within the Wilderness Area. I was completely alone with only the aroma of Witch Hazel in the air.




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