When I could, I stopped to take pictures during our adventures. I'll admit that I wasn't taking pictures while we portaged (or scrambled in my case) around some of the more dangerous Class V rapids. No, I was holding on tight to whatever tree limb, root, or vegetation could slow my slide down the hillside. In a rather comic turn of events, I got a stick stuck in my butt. I slipped during one descent and a sharp branch broke through my wetsuit, giving me a good wallop in the backside. I'm just saying now that it takes something very sharp applied with lots of force to poke through neoprene. I had to keep hiking and wait until we were on flat ground to remove the half that got stuck inside my suit. Not fun, but rather funny in the end -- after the shock wore off. The bruising took a little longer to disappear, unfortunately.
At any rate, I thought I'd tempt you with some of my favorite texture and pattern pictures today. Who wants to look at gorgeous mountain scenery all the time anyway? (Just kidding; I'm just feeling a little sassy at the moment.)
I don't know why I chose to take this last picture in black and white, but I think it really adds to the atmosphere of the shot. The elements look really stark, don't they? Reminds me of a crown of thorns.
Tune in next time for .... flora and fauna, I think. I may throw in a few pictures of the kids, so be forewarned.