Here is the pile of pictures that didn't really fit in with the rock adventure, though all were taken along that trip.
While on a vantage point to look into the lower cave (those pictures didn't really turn out and they weren't that interesting to begin with), I saw a patch of dewy clover. One door closes, another one opens. Sometimes, you just have to look close and realize it's a really, really tiny door.
On the two above, if you look at the pictures in full view, you can see odd waves in the water droplet. These are ripples caused by the wind.
The first one is a bit better of a picture, but the second has a better view of the larger dew drop.
Another bit of clover a few feet away from the other one. I was going to take some pictures here, too, but I became distracted ("squirrel!") by something and forgot, then moved on back to the main trail. I think these would have turned out better with some sun effects hitting the water droplets. Oh well, maybe I'll get it on the next trip...(nope, forgot the second time, too)
Here are some views of the forest on my way back:
Predictable filter abuse coming in...
Tiny forest, anyway. More filter of the spot I took those from.
Regular. One of the more challenging portions of the first hike was right here. Trying to get where I wanted to go without backtracking quite a ways or trampling over where I just took those pretty little pictures caused quite the dilemma. The solution involved jumping, rocks, and scrapes.
In that order.
Some little plant-thingies on one of the logs I crept down.
Back on the main trail, I went searching for another spot off-trail that had looked interesting on a prior trip. Upon closer inspection, it was just some logs and a stream bend playing tricks on my eyes. To punish myself for the failure, I stuck my arm into the frigid creek and took some underwater shots.
This is one of those pictures I like more than I should. The water is very cool looking.
Getting even a halfway decent underwater shot of a steelhead fry eventually comes down to sheer, dumb luck.
Okay, time for some fun. Count how many underwater insects you can find in the picture below:
I count 5, though I could have missed one or two.
No wait, make that 6. That big bug (a mayfly nymph) in the blue area is pretty well camouflaged.
Okay, make that "incredibly well-camouflaged".
Here's a filtered shot of a purple flower. It was impossible to not get the shadow in the way. And with the wind blowing, the 2-3' long stem made photographing it fairly impossible. I was told to post it, so here you go.