We knew it was a little early for peak foliage, but it hardly mattered since the low clouds kept us from seeing a thing. Notice that most of these photos were taken while using a flash.
See also my longitudinal series of Monadnock shots.
|Susel proves she's gotten over that stream-crossing incident.|
|The Cascade Link trail does its best to live up to its name.|
|I thought this smoothed-out boulder was pretty interesting.|
|Same boulder, different framing.|
|Another stream, this time on the red spot trail.|
|Ferns clinging to a trailside boulder.|
|Doing my Captain Morgan pose as we reach the ridge. The blue sky color is an artifact created by the digital camera - there were unbroken clouds only a few feet above us.|
|Same spot, view in opposite direction (west-southwest). The sky color is a little closer to reality in this shot.|
|A distant lake is just visible through the lowering mist. We were lucky to be climbing the Red Spot trail: the park rangers shut down summit access from the White Dot and White Cross due to thick fog on the summit.|
|In a ravine just before the summit cone, we found these colorful fungi.|
|We had the northeast side of the summit all to ourselves. With the clouds blocking all views and damping all sounds, it was easy to imagine ourselves in Alaska or Iceland as we strolled through alpine rock gardens.|
|More rocks in the mist. Ironically this is probably the best fall-colors shot of the day.|
|The Proof: Susel standing on the summit.|
Descending from the summit along the White Dot.
Compare this shot to others in the Monadnock Time Series.
|Granite blocks just waiting for the right moment to slide downhill.|
|Damp but happy as we head downhill.|
|Near the bottom of the Spruce Link trail, another item for the Tour de Fungus collection.|