Saturday, October 17, 2009

Can't see the forest for the trees......


I can't tell you how many times I am surprised by new things....you'd think after almost 51 years....

It took a rockhounding foray down the road from where I live to discover some hidden beauty practically right next door. This is literally less than 10 miles from my house. I have lived at this house for over 13 years and had no idea!

My friends and I were looking for quartz crystals, fossils and jasper nuggets. Found a little bit of everything but what we found was something more precious than all of the finds put together!

On the road to the places we looked for the rocks are two bridges that go over creeks that feed into the Skykomish river. They run through lava tubes and over lava rock.

Through time and erosion the water has created some beautiful scenes. Following are some of the pics I took, I hope you enjoy them. :)






12 comments:

Cynthia said...

Amazingly beautiful. I was taken this way my third time in NM, lost on a hill just a mile from the place I always stayed...for days on end. Such beauty around a corner. Thanks for sharing. It is simply gorgeous.

Pricilla said...

Gorgeous. It IS always surprising what you can find right next door.

Patricia said...

This is such a wonderful series of images. The first one really caught my attention and then, Wow! What an adventure.

Star said...

Oh yes, I did enjoy the pictures, very much! The rocks look so smooth, don't they. I would also like to see some pictures of your finds please.
Blessings, Star

celticolor said...

nice pics did you look in the lava tube? i know of a frend that found a half once nugget of gold in just such a tube.any where that water can flow .it is amazing what can be found in and near water.i spend a lot of time on the clakacamas river and have found over three hundred lbs of beutiful rocks and minarals

Jenny Holden said...

What amazing rock formations and colours! And beautifully framed photos too. Looks like a great exploration. Do you have photos of your fossils?

mudranch said...

Isn't it amazing what you find right under your nose? I think we've all had similar experiences... gorgeous photos! Thanks for sharing them. :)

Ishtar said...

That is SO beautiful! It's amazing what water does. Did you see the post with the erosion sculptures in Nigeria?

http://esthergarvi.com/2009/02/03/3765/

I need orange said...

Wow, what great shots! I love puttering around, looking for rocks, or shells, or leaves, or.....

Thanks for taking us with you!

Rural Writer said...

Positively wonderful photography. Great job! I enjoyed the lovely scenery. You captured the "awesomeness" so well.

Eve said...

Hi Tammy! Wow what a great find! This is just an amazing place. I'm so glad you found it.

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Wow! What a magical and special discovery. Your photos are wonderful!


~Lisa