Posts tagged “Butler Fork

“Imperfect Men”

“It has been said that trees are imperfect men, and seem to bemoan their imprisonment rooted in the ground. But they never seem so to me. I never saw a discontented tree.  They grip the ground as though they liked it, and though fast rooted they travel about as far as we do.  They go wandering forth in all directions with every wind, going and coming like ourselves, traveling with us around the sun two million miles a day, and through space heaven knows how fast and far!” – John Muir

Aspen in the sky


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Mountain Ash of Butler Fork

Mountain Ash and Aspen in Butler Fork


intersection

My kind of traffic jam…Baker’s Pass, as viewed from the trail (bottom left) that leads to the summit of Mt Raymond.  This is one of the few trail junctions that I’ve found here in the Wasatch Mountains that provides so many choices for destinations.  This particular spot is approximately four miles from the nearest trail-head, so at minimum, it’s roughly midpoint for an eight-mile hike.  If you head toward the upper right, the trail leads to the top of Gobblers Knob…if you follow the one toward the upper left, the trail goes down into Bowman Fork…and if you go toward the bottom right, you could either go back down into Butler Fork…a little further and down into Mill B North…or past those two selections and head west around Mt Raymond itself and then down into Porter Fork…and there are still further options from there.

Trail intersection at Baker's Pass, Wasatch Mountains, Utah


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Aspen corridor

Aspen sunrise


Golden Fall…in quartet

Some final images, maybe, of our quickly fading Fall….


Fall Perspectives of Mill A Basin

Our mountain images of Fall can have such stark contrasts sometimes…the below image is from October of this year, looking across Mill A Basin and out into Big Cottonwood Canyon….

Mill A Basin in October 2013

…and this last image is looking across the basin from a slightly different angle…just by turning to the right a few degrees…but taken in September of last year when all of the Aspen were still covered in their golden robes…..

Mill A Basin in September 2012

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luminescent

Maple seeds highlighted by the rising sun….

Maple seeds at sunrise


did you ever…

…look at things is if you might never see them again…?

Dried wildflowers 2

I imagine that we would see those things with a certain richness…

Dried wildflowers 4

…one that would surpass the experience of when we first saw them.

Dried wildflowers 1

I think it would be bittersweet, as well…

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…for while we would be sad that we would never see them again, we would be joyous that we had ever beheld them at all….

Dried wildflowers 3


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touch of red

mountain ash and aspen in fall


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Wasatch Mountain Wonderful

Wasatch Mountain Fall Panorama


second verse

We mark ourselves here as a tiny part of that something-greater, a piece of the mystery and puzzle and wonder that is life…be it an accident or a gift, we do well to cherish it….

Fall trail in the morning


come walk with me

on a sunday morning

feel the crisp air on your face and the warming sun on your back as we follow the trail off and into the waiting mountains

turn around and marvel at the white bark glowing in the sunrise

winter-bare aspen preparing for the cold

the rich greenery of summer’s forest floor has turned golden and brown and looks bleak without the morning’s sun

but we are here with the waking day

rejoicing at the trail beneath our feet and the burning in our legs and lungs as we press ever upward from valley floor to mountain top

come walk with me and sing our quiet sunday song

mountain trail on a Fall morning


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Mountain Ash and Aspen

Mountain Ash and Aspen


wildflowers, clouds, and mountains

This is the view facing east…up into Big Cottonwood Canyon, from Baker’s Pass, which is at the base of Gobbler’s Knob, above Mill A Flat, and positioned in front of Mount Raymond, on the east side…as one is preparing to turn to the left and head down into Bowman Fork…which leads to Millcreek Canyon…just east of Salt Lake City proper.  Wildflowers and clouds are hard to resist when presented with a Wasatch Mountain backdrop…..

wildflowers clouds and mountains