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Fitness and Photography for Fun - A blog on staying fit by hiking and doing photography by David Mendosa

Bear Canyon

May 28th, 2009 · 1 Comment

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Today I planned to hike up to Mallory Cave from the trailhead at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), which is just a couple of miles from my apartment. But by the time that I reached the intersection with the Mesa Trail, I knew that I wanted to go further up into the mountains.

Since I thought that I knew these trails so well, I didn’t carry a map. But the county had posted one at the intersection. Seeing that the trail up Bear Canyon — where I had never previously hiked — was so close, I spontaneously changed my plans.

That’s one reason why I almost never tell anyone where I plan to hike. If I never returned, too many people would be wasting their time in looking for my body in the wrong place.

Today my body stayed very much alive and in tune with the myriad lifeforms all around. My body felt at one with all life and found everything to be beautiful.

Even the most common lifeforms. Like this dandelion:

Parachute Ball

Parachute Ball

And this dead tree framing a live one:

Just a Dead Tree

Just a Dead Tree

And this poison-oak at its most poisonous:

Close Enough!

Close Enough!

Another plant just sprouting grows along Bear Creek:

A Baby Fern

A Baby Fern

Also common is this flower and this wasp:

Wasp Eats

Wasp Eats

As I returned from Bear Canyon along the middle section of the Mesa Trail, I was amazed to see a stand of paintbrush flowers — amazed both because I don’t remember seeing them at this low an elevation (about 6,200 feet) and also because somehow I didn’t see them on the way up.

This Paintbrush Attracted Several Visitors

This Paintbrush Attracted Several Visitors

Even the landscape along the trail was beautiful today.

Along the NCAR Mesa Trail

Along the NCAR Mesa Trail

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  • 1 Robert Fenton // May 31, 2009 at 12:51 pm

    Now “just a dead tree” is not what it seems. You have done an excellent service to enlighten would be photographers on turning something potentially mundane into a work of art. Composition rates an A+!!! This to me is a picture of a lifetime and should be treasured.

    I like the way you framed the tree in the background and the way your eyes are drawn to this. This is a picture for the book. While the flowers are pleasant to the eye, this draws and holds interest.

    Keep up the excellent photography!

    Bob

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