Monday, July 27, 2015
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
After work on Monday and Tuesday, I decided to visit the two easiest front range waterfalls: Eaton Canyon and Sturtevant Falls, in that order.
Because of the relatively heavy rains on Sunday, I thought the falls might be revived. They had been.
It's been a funny rain year--Last weekend's storm put us well above average for July. The early June rains put us well above average for June. May's rains were also at or above average. It's the relative dryness of the earlier months that make it a drought year.
Because it was only the previous day that it had rained, Eaton Canyon flowed muddy. I played with some 1/2 and 2/3 second exposures to get some nice blurring, especially at the base pool of the falls.
Monday, July 13, 2015
There's room for about three carefully parked cars at this turn, plus small turnouts on the downhill side, just past the turn, and a small "deadend" driveway on the uphill side.
my first visit here. Because of the drought, the water's lower than it was on my previous trips. But it's still a nice waterfall.
The silt has also cleared, which makes it a lot easier to get to the base of the falls than it used to be.
The hike still requires some ducking under and balancing over, but it's a short 4/10ths of a mile each way, so it's still a quick and easy hike. But, because of the lack of parking and signage, it's relatively lightly visited. I only saw one other person on this trip.
I've also always seen one lily plant on the approach. I used to assume it was a Humboldt lily, but it might actually be a leopard lily.
from Smith Saddle and from Highway 39 in the past. Unfortunately, the "Highway Closed" sign just past the turnout for Crystal Lake now prohibits, not merely cars, but also bikes and hikers, so you can no longer walk on the road to access the ridge.
Saturday, July 4, 2015
Unfortunately, it was not a pleasant sound, as the folks ahead of me decided they needed a reverberating soundtrack to properly enjoy the outdoors. I don't understand the need for constant noise, because then you'll miss things like the sound of running water. I especially don't understand the decision to make everyone else listen to your music, as well.
After visiting the main falls and the accompanying music, I worked my way down to the lower pool. I figured there must be a way down there besides diving, which is common, when the water is higher.
Nice little waterfall there, too.