There is a loop trail close to the cabin that I have always referred to as “The Block.” The day before I was due to fly out, I walked around it to say goodbye.
A lot of the hike is through the high-altitude, scrubby pine forest that surrounds Nuk Tessli.
A good part of it follows Otter Creek (named by me because of the otter tracks that always loop along it in winter.)
There is a small but amazingly colourful meadow.
Back through the forest to say goodbye to the rocks
through more meadows where the pyramid spaearia is blooming: it is one of the last plants to flower. (I know that is spelled wrong: I am too lazy to look it up!)
Curving towards the cabins again where the fireweed is blooming
And, in a shady part of the forest, is the only known patch in this area of Single Delight. (I always think that sounds like the name for an ice-cream cone.) It is a tiny flower that bows it’s head to the forest floor. I have never managed to take a decent photo of it before so I was quite pleased with this one.
Past the last of several ponds where the willows were eaten by some kind of beetle larvae.
A close-up made an interesting abstract.
The last pond was full of pond lilies. In this shot they are framed by sitka burnet.
I have never before seen so many flowering stalks on the sitka burnet.