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Old Jul 1, 2007, 10:24 PM   #1
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went for a hike today, to go see a waterfall. the description said, "an easy 2.3 mile hike..." they LIE!!! UP hills, DOWN hills, UP some more!! my knees made no bones about reminding me that i'm not a spring chicken anymore... anyway, i did get some photos which offer asomewhat differentview of this wonderfully diverse part of the world i call home. this trail is about a 30 minute drive from my house.

most of these were taken with my Tamron SP 17-35 f2.8-4. it's not the best wide-angle lens out there, but the reviews i've read put it on par with the Canon 17-40L, which is certainly no slouch - and the Tamron's several hundred dollars cheaper... today was its first real "outing", and i must say, i'm not disappointed!










oh yeah.... almost forgot the waterfall!! :?







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Old Jul 1, 2007, 10:33 PM   #2
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"This is the forest primeval. The murmuring pines and the hemlocks,
Bearded with moss, and in garments green, indistinct in the twilight,
Stand like Druids of eld, with voices sad and prophetic,
Stand like harpers hoar, with beards that rest on their bosoms.
Loud from its rocky caverns, the deep-voiced neighboring ocean
Speaks, and in accents disconsolate answers the wail of the forest.
This is the forest primeval; but where are the hearts that beneath it
Leaped like the roe, when he hears in the woodland the voice of the huntsman?"

Evangeline by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Wonderful shots, squirl, especially #1, which has a most mythic look to it. Very
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Old Jul 1, 2007, 10:49 PM   #3
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thanks, Flippedgazelle... that quote from Longellow surely fits this forest! :G
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Old Jul 2, 2007, 12:54 AM   #4
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The images hint an appealing track to me, keepingmoist through dense and high trees, sometimes obstracted by moss covered logs and rocks, crossingsome creeks, and even waterfalls beyond which is a natural pond to swim in
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"an easy 2.3 mile hike..." they LIE!!!
Maybe that's a bird's flight distance of the track caculated without considering ups and downs:GAnyway, no less than that distance would do justice here, IMO; )


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Old Jul 2, 2007, 1:47 AM   #5
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Very nice all are great images wonderful work,, did you PP them or are they out of camera p.s. bahadir (καλημερα φιλε μου)
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Old Jul 2, 2007, 2:11 AM   #6
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καλημεραfile mou Hercules!

So, we gathered for breakfast at the beginingthis beautiful trekking route which wouldmake a great day How about a second round of tea :-)
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It was worth it! love the big rock, and the moss greens, and the tree stump, and the spider web like water fall, nice
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Old Jul 2, 2007, 7:46 AM   #8
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Very nice all are great images wonderful work,, did you PP them or are they out of camera
Hecules, these have had minimal PP... a touch of sharpening, in some cases a bit of brightening up- it was gray and cloudy much of the afternoon, and the light was poor down in the gorge and among the trees...
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I'm glad you're enjoying the Seattle area even if your knees are complaining about the hike. We're all enjoying it vicariously. I like the unusual waterfall shot a lot.
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