The rain had come and gone one morning, before fall began. We were hoping that it would continue throughout the day, but it petered out by lunch time. But that’s ok, you can’t really go wrong with any type of weather in the state of Washington! We ate a nice lunch, then drove over to Burfoot County Park for an explore.
On the way down to the shore, we ran across this little guy in a funny position. Propped up by a twig while on top of a mushroom, he was definitely on an adventure of his own. This slug had really neat body texture as you can see.
The shrooms are out in full force this time of year here in Washington. Each one you come across is full of personality, and completely different than the others. This little vignette was too cute to pass up, and the light was hitting it just right.
These steps always catch my attention for some reason. I’ve never climbed them to see where they go, but we would soon find out. More about that in a bit, haha. I left the steps a bit dark in this shot, with just a sliver of light on the front edge of each step. Keeps a bit of mystery there I guess, well in my mind at least.
We always have a great time at this county park. It never seems to be too crowded, which is pretty nice. There’s a huge picnic and grass area just inside from the road, plenty of room for many people to gather and relax, but again, never too busy. It really is a hidden gem of the Olympia area.
As we arrived at the beach, the tide was slowly starting to come in. As you can see in this black and white cloud shot, the rain was over and the sun/cloud show was on. We walked along the shore looking at interesting rocks and sea glass, so much to see. So much though, we got caught by the rising tide and were cut off from returning back the way we came. Rookie move, haha.
We ended up taking a vehicle access road back up the hill, and we thought we had a lengthy walk back to the main park, but we found a trail that led back to the main forest trail. And what do you know, you walk down those same steps from the “steps” photo above. Whew, we thought we had messed up good by not paying attention to the tide, which we’re usually very aware of.
But thats how we explore. We end up taking 3 hours to walk what should take 15 minutes. I think it’s called lolly-gagging, haha. This leaf pic turned out with great colors, and I dig the little bit of spider web at the top.
This whole afternoon had light beams streaming in through the forest trees. The textures on some of the tree trunks like this one are pretty interesting. The void in the middle of this trunk made me think of that TV show Stranger Things. I think a character or two had crawled through a trunk to get in or out of the funky upside down world in that show?
Before we made it back to the car park, I saw this little bit of wet moss growing on the side of a tree. I like all the different shades of green that make up the moss. Burfoot Park has plenty of it, too. What a great way to spend a weekend afternoon. Look up this spot if you’re in the Olympia area, it really is a special little place.
All photos made with a Panasonic Lumix LX5