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The Cascades – 20 minutes east in February

We don’t often get spectacularly sunny days in the middle of winter around here, and people in my line of work usually have to ignore them even when they do happen. This time it was too good to pass up.

Blue Sky, Cascades, February!

Blue Sky, Cascades, February!

There was an opportunity today – it’s cold and bright and sunny. Yesterday as I drove home from Mercer Island, I saw the snow-cappped Cascades, and got a strong desire to go for a drive towards the mountains for a few minutes.  What a delight! It’s easy to forget what a beautiful place we live in. The sky was a brilliant blue.

South Fork Snoqualmie

South Fork Snoqualmie

For some personal history and remembering, we drove though a development that David worked on when the houses were being built, say 10 years ago (?). It’s still  beautiful, tucked in the woods, and the homes and landscaping look well cared for. 

We went east on I-90 as far as the exit to the South Fork of the Snoqualmie River. Ice on some rivulets and roadside rock walls. We saw what we think was some serious beaver work on some trees near a collection pond. The river was very pretty, though in the shade. The moss was bright green and thick on many trees near Preston; there were ferns that we wouldn’t see in mid-summer.  I think they were licorice ferns (Polypodium glycyrrhiza).   All together a great break from sitting at the computer.

Ice in a Rivulet

Ice in a Rivulet

Did a beaver do this?

Did a beaver do this?

ferns in winter - dormant in summer

These ferns are dormant in the summer, I think.