Its bright green leaves and golden yellow flowers are beautiful, but the insidious plant destroys native habitat. I wonder if the dead alders surrounded by the cape ivy were killed by this alien species (the destructive weed covers 500,000 acres in California).
The leaves of this white alder indicate that it was alive when it fell. A little further, the tree that had fallen across the trail previously has been moved off the trail…no small feat. Golden autumn leaves of willow add a colorful splash to the winter scenery. Toyon sports its bright red berries for Christmastime. An occasional sunflower greets me with its happy countenance. Spike moss (resurrection plant) has returned to life. Fluffy white clouds grace the blue sky. I am so enjoying the delightful beauty that surrounds me. It’s so peaceful. A gentleman with a bag of trash passes me heading down; I’m always thankful for those who care for our wild places. A pile of orange peels is a reminder that there are those who either don’t care or are simply ignorant that peels are garbage and should be carried out. I step into the full sun at 8:45. I take a side jaunt to Darlin’ Donna Falls and it is flowing nicely.
A group of six young men pass me coming from the falls. Some other male voices are behind me so I keep a pace to stay ahead. I’m always am eager as I approach the falls. The sound of tumbling water is music to my ears.
11:15 - End hike. There are nine cars in the lot (aside from mine). The wind has died down and it is 58 degrees. My Fitbit recorded 13,050 steps for the hike (for 5.4 miles plus walking around at the falls).
Like Fish Canyon Falls Facebook Page
See Fish Canyon Falls Hike Description at Dan's Hiking Pages (including a link list for my other blog posts for Fish Canyon)
See Plants in Fish Canyon at Dan's Hiking Pages
(including links to various plant resources)
See Waterfalls of The San Gabriels at Dan's Hiking Pages
NEXT > Fish Canyon Falls Hike - January 16, 2016
NEXT > PHOTO ALBUM: Fish Canyon - December 30, 2015
PREVIOUS > Fish Canyon Falls Hike - November 22, 2015