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Umtanum Creek's "Ice sky"

Umtanum Creek's "Ice sky"

This ice art was the highlight of this winter's hike up Umtanum Creek Canyon. Like staring at clouds or into a camp fire, I found this creek ice art fascinating to watch as air bubbles and cold clear creek water traveled beneath.

I never tire of hiking Umtanum Canyon. There is always a pleasant surprise of some kind to be found on each and every visit. There are the homestead apples, you can pick in mid-stride as you hike the canyon in the fall. Bighorn sheep, eagles, mule deer, coyote, mischievous magpies, and the industrious blue collar….beaver.

Bright lichen creates splashes of color on the pile post basalt cliffs. In the early spring, the green of leaves and grass and magic of arrow leaf balsam root. Bright cottonwood leaves float into beaver ponds in the fall as well, creating a floating canvas of color, shapes and textures.

But it was on this trip that I found a new treasure. Ice crystals. There are two crossing of Umtanum Creek that you make on a 2.75 mile hike up the canyon from the foot bridge across the Yakima River, to the huge ponderosa pine with a twin top by a side canyon frequented by bighorn sheep.

I stopped to take photos of the ice patterns at the first creek crossing and when I came to the second creek crossing (I call it creek camp crossing), I was absolutely captivated by the ice, the snow and ice crystals, and the free flowing creek with air bubbles creating moving patterns under the ice.

In midstream at the second crossing I ditched my hiking ski poles, and knelt on a fairly big dry rock in mid-stream and took photo after photo after photo. I’m not an “abstract” guy when it comes to nature’s art, but as you will see by the number of photos I take of this “find”, it was the hallmark and high point of this hike. OMT January 2011.
0 3 January 2011 0 The last hike I took in 2010 (11.18.10) was up Umtanum Canyon. As it turns out, the first hike of 2011 was up the same canyon. I drove the Yakima River Canyon photographing eagles and ice flows then suited up in poly-gloves; down jacket with hood; and a warm wool stocking hat and hiked up Umtanum Creek Canyon.

It was really cold with a wind adding to the chill at the foot of the canyon. I took two old thrift store ski poles (expendable) as hiking aids, and they came in handy when crossing the icy creek crossing of the route. I had the entire canyon to myself and the sun hit the south facing canyon rims, delivering beautiful light.

I ended up hiking the 2.75 miles from the Yakima River bridge crossing up to the “Big Ponderosa Pine” canyon, my favorite turn around point. The first half of the route was well trampled and easy going, the final mile or so took a little work hiking through the snow. I hoped to spot some bighorn sheep on the hike up the canyon and had my DSLR in my day pack, just in case I did (but I didn’t). I used the Canon G10 for the landscape photos and kept it wrapped warm, so the LED display wouldn’t freeze.

On my hike down the canyon I was taking some photos of frozen waterfalls formed over the basalt cliffs, when I caught some movement near the rim. Bighorn sheep. Four. Later on the hike I would see four more bighorn, each time I removed the Canon XSi from my pack to get some photos of them.

While driving down the Yakima River Canyon after the hike I saw three more bighorn sheep in the last of the late afternoon winter sun. After the hard hit and culling that the herds in the area took recently (disease), it was good to see the survivors are making it through winter and looking fit. They are fun to watch as they effortlessly negotiate the steep canyon walls of the area.

It was a good way to start off the new year….a scenic drive and a “refreshing” winter hike in one of my favorite canyons. Waypoint for trailhead parking:
N46 51 19 W120 28 55. Waypoint for end of hike at Big Ponderosa Tree Canyon: N46 52 02 W120 32 23 (coordinates “rough” - taken from topo map and not field readings). OMT

seems that everyone around here is growing rather tired of being photographed. I know I have to be careful not to burn any bridges for future photo ops with my kids. so I decided to give them some time off. those darn child labor laws.
just kidding!
so here I am. feeling, well.. Blah.
I have a nasty cough that got me some evil stares at the grocery store this morning.
I even had Nyquil and Halls Breezers (a.k.a. candy) in my cart-
it was obvious I was only trying to better myself.
a sweet old man let me ahead of him in line.

we are supposed to get a healthy dose of winter weather here.
it has felt more like spring over the last week.
so my favorite turteneck came out of storage.
I seriously am thinking of coating the inside of it
with Vicks Vapor Rub.
it's just crazy enough that it might actually help.

my preschooler took this picture.
it was time to turn the tables.

Explore(d) Dec 2, 2009 #495

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