West of Hayden Lake Road West

I love those partly cloudy days where the sky is a deep blue and there are nicely dispersed clouds overhead. Just wonderful.

The below pictures were taken on Elm Creek Park Reserve’s 10 mile north loop just west of where the trail crosses Hayden Lake Rd. W. All the winter snow has recently melted, and the first blades of grass are coming up.
Bike Path in Elm Creek Park Reserve Near Hayden Lake Road.

Twisted tree near the trail.
Twisted tree near the trail.

Small Inlet On Elm Creek

Elm Creek in Elm Creek Park Reserve twists and turns all over the place. I find that pretty cool. I went off trail and hiked over to the creek and took a few pictures. The creek has encroached on a few of the trees. Having not been at this location before, I can’t say if the creek is high or not for this time of the year.

The first picture below is looking towards the other side of a small inlet off the creek. The second is looking out from the inlet and up the creek. These pictures were taken a little ways north of where the creek crosses Elm Creek Road.

Looking across and inlet on Elm Creek

Looking out of the inlet.

Bing maps has a really cool bird’s eye view of this location; follow the link. Bing uses a bunch of different aerial imagery maps, so you can use the top navigation bar to circle around the location and also zoom in and out (you’ll have to check your house out with it!). This isn’t an ad, just found this feature again, and thought I’d share.

Overgrown in Elm Creek Park Reserve

Found an interesting old building while walking around Elm Creek Park Reserve. Looks to be a small cow barn, but I’m not sure. The red bricks really stick out and draw me in. There are a lot of trees that have taken root and grown in the rubble.

Overgrown Barn In Elm Creek Park Reserve

Overgrown Barn In Elm Creek Park Reserve From Afar

My First Eagle Photo

I am super excited; I took my first Eagle photo as it was flying over Hayden Lake in Elm Creek Park Reserve. It is a little bigger than a black dot which is nice, but I had to crop the photo in a bunch.

The other day, I saw a Coyote up close as I was driving down 494S. The Coyote was running along the ditch right next to the freeway. Had my camera in the seat right next to me, but knew I had to drive, and I wouldn’t get a photo at all anyways due to the speed, safety etc. Sometime in the future I’ll get a real photo of both these animals!

Eagle High Above Hayden Lake