In the Pacific Northwest, salmon are the iconic species that draw attention and funding; but carnivores are essential components of our ecosystems too. The states and wildlife conservation groups like Conservation Northwest are working to monitor and protect carnivore populations throughout the region.
In early summer, the forest floor in the western Cascade mountains is lush with sprightly young growth. Last week I took a hike on the Middle Fork of the Snoqualmie River, 45 minutes from Seattle. After ten or fifteen miles on a gravel road as pockmarked with potholes as an english muffin with ‘nooks and crannies’ (sorry, car!), I reached the quiet trailhead. I indulged myself and photographed as much as I wanted (oops, 350 photos later…). Experience early summer in the Cascade Mountains in this forest walk photo tour. Continue reading