Indian Paintbrush and Trills

Day 9  “I” Idaho Peak

Hike up to the top of Idaho Peak - You can see the trail wind up the ridge through the wildflowers and grass!
Hike up to the top of Idaho Peak with views of the Slocan Mountain Range – You can see the trail wind up the ridge through the wildflowers and grass!

Indian Paintbrush and Trills

Indian paintbrush.
Larkspur, lupine, lush.
Confetti nesting in a bed of green.

Winding up, around,
moderate then steep.
Sucking oxygen depleted air,
final ascent to the lonely station.

Silent. Still.
Icy snow breeze kisses my cheeks,
pink. Raw with chill.

Photographer, traveler from Berlin
at the top  takes our picture,
jogs back down, poles digging
into loose earth.

Be-speckled, brown.
Grouse scurry, spin,
trilling. Their lonely calls.
Quickly! Over the side and over.

Rockies. Glaciers glimmer.
Winter avalanche 
patches of earth stripped,
bald amongst deeper green.

Half light encroaches.
Steep cliffs warn of
dusk-impaired cliffs.

Half walk, slide
back down the mountain.
Night blankets
the peak.

Trail leading to the top of Idaho Peak.
Trail leading to the top of Idaho Peak.

To read more about “Idaho Peak” and see additional pictures from this and other hikes, visit my blog post from April 9th: Hiking – The World is My Church

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7 thoughts on “Indian Paintbrush and Trills

    1. Thank you so much! My writing definitely tends to err on the side of “imagery heavy” 🙂 I just love painting a picture of a scene, a setting, a person. Comes so naturally to me! It has been quite the journey figuring out my own unique “voice” 🙂

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