Here we are in an area called Tiger Canyon. I'm sure there aren't any tigers, but I know for a fact there are cougar, black bear and elk. We were hoping for some wildlife sightings, but probably didn't get an early enough start. This first photo is at the top of Tiger Canyon looking over the entire watershed for our area!
This next photo is a tad blurry, but I just had to capture the deep burgundy color of these pinecones - unbelieveable! Click on the photo for a better look. More of the watershed is in the background. We were at approximately 4,000 feet here.
Ahhh....and here is the elusive prize for the day! Morels come in a lighter and a darker color and aren't easy to spot unless you really know how to look. Ted said we should walk like Groucho Mark and look uphill!! This one was courtesy of my own sighting - from the car, no less! I did a little research when we got home. There are poisonous Morels that when you cut them open, the cap is solid. An edible Morel is hollow inside the cap. We came away with several handfuls for the day - not bad for late season hunting!
What impressed us more than anything was the abundance of wildflowers all througout the day! Most likely the cold spring and heavy rains made for a good growing season this year. I wasn't able to photograph them all, but here is a small sampling! Despcriptions are above each picture.