My husband and I talked this morning about how we’re numb from the routine of life, day in and day out, every day the same since the pandemic began: same meals, same surroundings, same walk around the neighborhood.
Today we decided to break routine and go for a hike at the Cascades, a waterfall nearby that we’ve hiked to in every season: late spring when the rhododendrons bloom and the meltwater rushes in torrents down stream, summer when the canopy is dense and green, and no sunlight hits the forest floor, fall when yellow and orange and brown leaves fall, and winter when rock faces twinkle with icicles and the falls freeze over.
What we realized today, though, is that we’ve never been in early spring, before the leaves come in and shade the trail. This time of year, sunlight can reach the forest floor, and wildflowers bloom everywhere. I’ve never seen so many flowers on this hike. I was delighted for all the pretty things to photograph with my new camera and lens. I shot all of these with a Fuji X-T30 camera and the XF 35mm f1.4 lens.