This was too nice of a morning to stay home. I have an article due this afternoon before a big date at the fancy Flagstaff House Restaurant this evening. But it has to wait.
The other reason to go hiking and shooting was to use the RAW capabilities of my digital camera now that I have a computer program that will handle it. But since my time was limited, I stayed close to home going only as far as Eldorado Canyon State Park, just six miles from my apartment.
There I hiked the two shortest trails, the ones that run along both sides of South Boulder Creek. Fowler Trail on the south side of the canyon is my favorite easy hike, and I go there often. But I haven’t been on the Streamside Trail on the north side of the canyon for about three years. Both were rewarding today for a hiker and photographer.
The park has a pleasant bridge to cross the creek to the Streamside Trail. Notice the shadow of the bridge and of the photographer in the lower right hand corner of this shot:
Like everyone who comes here, I considered climbing the canyon wall — for a few seconds. But some brave souls actually do climb it, like this couple near the left side and about half way up this shot:
Mostly though, I came to look at the flowers: