This is from a couple trips up Cavitt Creek as I headed towards Shadow Falls. Here's what I found.
Welcome to Southern Oregon...
This seems to be written in some type of mud. Today, the "METH LAB" is mostly scratched out. Maybe they closed down for business because of the bad economy and cheap meth imports.
Fairy Slipper along the way.
The trail is okay but nothing great. There are a couple nice spots, however.
The creek just before the falls has a nice look to it.
Down at the waterfall, I found another fairy slipper flower.
On the last one, you can see the spider hanging out.
Same flower, different angle. I laid on that log for 10 minutes and could never get the picture right. The breaking sun was also becoming an issue on this trip. I had to work a bit to keep it from trashing the upper left-hand corner. By succeeding with that, it clears the way for the shadows forming on the logs to make the picture.
My first of two goals for this trip was to get back into there and get a closer look. The water was just a bit high for me to do it this time. Shadow Falls is kind of funky. It drops into a curl in the rock, which hides most of the fall. Along with a very narrow viewing platform and extremely steep creek walls, this is not an easy place to get a quality view of. The hike is okay and falls aren't terrible, but overall I don't think it's that worthwhile. I'll probably go back once more to climb inside there and maybe down in the pools downstream later this summer when the water is lower. After that, unless I find something else in the area I don't yet know about, I probably won't ever come back. (Note: I have found things there since...)
Here are some more pictures of the falls:
Some people love this waterfall, I think it's alright.
I then poked around further down the creek to see if something interesting was down there.
The rock above is absolutely massive. Over the eons, the water has worn out a small hole below it.
My second goal was to take pictures of the pools just down the creek from the falls. I've seen a very nice picture of one of them online somewhere.
Not exactly what I was hoping for and the area got really brushy, while the creek didn't look like it was going to make further searching worth the effort. I started heading back to the car.
Check for the hitchhiker on the next couple pics:
This looks like a tiny little mite (spider mite?). Just now, as I was looking at pictures trying to figure out what it was, a branch behind me slightly moved my shirt and made me jump. Not because I was creeped out or anything.
The next pictures should sooth the yuck from the last few:
A couple white trilliums I came across. The first two pictures are of a great western trillium, while the rest are a dwarf trillium. The last one looks like a torch.
I left Shadow Falls and drove back into Cavitt Lake, which is a few miles past the Shadow Falls trailhead. I saw an unlabeled body of water on the GPS at the end of a road and decided to see what it was.
At around 270' x 150', it's not the biggest lake, but it is very remote.
Here's a pacific tree frog doing its best to hide in plain sight.
Right when I made it down close to the lake, the frogs quit. The ones on the right of me started back up quickly, the ones on the left were a bit more cautious. As I stood at a flower for a couple minutes, they resumed the chorus. While I was kneeling to look at that flower, the frogs suddenly stopped just as they had when I approached. It is a somewhat nerve-jingling transition, not knowing if a bear or mountain lion or person had wandered in. Nothing seemed to be approaching, so I carried on. (I did drive up and around to the other side of the lake and saw pile after pile of cougar scat, though. I'm guessing there's a permanent resident right near here.) Eventually, I was turned back by the most intimidating and dangerous non-bipedal creature in the forest: bees.