Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Contemplation and Confluence

McConnells Mill - Hell's Hollow It was literally pouring rain five minutes before we arrived to Hell's Hollow. But as we drew near, the sun began peering from behind the clouds. It is a fitting image for the day we had.
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Saturday, September 26, 2009

Into The Sun

McConnells Mill - Rim Road Area There were quite a few people rock climbing here when my oldest and I returned to our car after walking around this area.
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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Couple

Hell's Hollow Trail We liked the pairing of the small and large tree together. A quick post today since it is getting late.
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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Pool

Breakneck bridge area - small waterfall A tiny pool of water that my oldest and I spotted.
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Sunday, September 20, 2009

Can I Pick One?

Kildoo Trail - Green-headed Coneflowers This is not my children wanting to pick the flowers, which is strongly discouraged by the park rangers, but my wife wishing to choose the photo for today. Right now the kids are in bed, but tomorrow I'll have my middle daughter try to find the two bees in the photo.

We believe these are Tall or Green-headed Coneflowers (Rudbeckia laciniata) which are growing alongside Slippery Rock Creek near the Kildoo Trail.
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Friday, September 18, 2009

Sunlight and a Fern

Hells Hollow - Fern I took this photo not far from MOM's tree while my middle daughter was having a snack at the top of the hill. Hell's Hollow Trail.
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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Remembering a Summer Walk

Hell's Hollow Falls Right now everyone is fighting colds but at least the kids are recovering.
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Monday, September 14, 2009

One Side of Alpha Falls

One Side of Alpha Falls
Oh those tree limbs! They try to sneak into almost every shot.
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Saturday, September 12, 2009

McConnells Mill

McConnells Mill
An image of the old mill in McConnells Mill State Park.
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Swing On Me

Breakneck Bridge Area - Tree and Vine
This photo was taken along Breakneck Bridge Road that is closed to traffic.
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Thursday, September 10, 2009

Do Not Enter

Breakneck Bridge Road
My middle daughter and I stopped here for a snack while walking along the closed section of Breakneck Bridge Road. Touch-me-nots cover the area, though my daughter became anxious when she spotted a bee visiting one of the flowers nearby. Needless to say, we did not stay long.

The log made for a great seat as it straddled the length of an old road or driveway. Not pictured are two brick posts and a couple metal pipes that gave the indication of someone trying to keep people out. I assumed the log was a last ditch effort.
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Monday, September 7, 2009

Mushrooms and a Leaf

Breakneck Bridge Area - Mushrooms
My oldest and I came across this small mushroom patch while hiking in the area around Breakneck Bridge in McConnells Mill.
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Sunday, September 6, 2009

Alpha Falls in McConnells Mill

McConnells Mill - Alpha Falls
Alpha Falls in McConnells Mill.
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Saturday, September 5, 2009

Trillium Along Kildoo Trail

Kildoo Trail - Trillium
A Trillium along the Kildoo Trail in McConnells Mill.
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Trees in Hell's Hollow

Trees in Hell's Hollow
Near Hell's Run in McConnells Mill.
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Friday, September 4, 2009

Can We Take It Home?

Hell's Hollow Tree
'Umm, I don't think we can take the tree home, honey....' My middle daughter then saw a bee near the roots and concluded that there must be a bee's nest inside. She did not want it anymore.
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Thursday, September 3, 2009

MOM's Tree

Hell's Hollow Trail
Normally after visiting the Hell's Hollow Falls, my middle daughter and I have a snack at the top of the hill. She usually munches on a few crackers while sitting on a wooden bench. From there one cannot miss this tree with a very large 'MOM' deeply carved into its trunk.

There are several areas in McConnells Mill where one will run into markings like these, but for some reason this one strikes me as oddly humorous.
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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

By the Falls

Hell's Hollow Falls
Hell's Hollow Falls in McConnells Mill.
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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Those Look Yummy....

Hell's Hollow Trail - False Solomon's Seal
After I pointed out these bright red berries along Hell's Hollow Trail, my middle daughter commented on how they looked yummy. This led to an obvious discussion on how she should never eat anything from the woods without asking Mom or I first.

The plant with the berries is a False Solomon's Seal (Smilacina racemosa) also known as a Wild Spikenard, False Spikenard, Solomon's Plume, Scurvyberry or Treacleberry. The bitter berries ripen in the late summer and fall. Apparently they are edible, if this list of recipes is any indication. Please note that I have never tried these berries. Wikipedia indicates that they can have an effect of being a strong laxative in certain people.... Also when young, this plant can resemble its cousins from the genus Veratrum which are highly poisonous. So eat at your own risk.

Stinging Nettles are in the bottom left. I believe there are a few Wild Ginger plants in this shot as well. McConnells Mill.

Sources and more info: http://www.siskiyous.edu, http://earthnotes.tripod.com, Wikipedia, http://www.ionxchange.com, http://food.oregonstate.edu
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