Reflecting and relaxing

Linus Peak and the Fawlty Tower reflected in a snowmelt pool

I learned a lot about meadows this weekend. We pitched our tent on a dry patch, confirmed by sitting down for a couple of minutes and getting up with a dry bum. And yet not 10 m further upslope from our spot was a respectable patch of snow gradually melting into a little pond. To my surprise (and photographic delight) the reflection of the peaks encircling the meadow in the pond was near perfect, and I couldn’t resist snapping a few shots.

A tiny creek drained across the meadow away from our tent, but no water seeped through to our campsite, a quirk of local soil and rock types I guess. Our tent site sprouted a number of creeping phlox flowers which I’ve only seen growing in dry areas, so that’s something to watch for in the future when searching out a place to pitch a tent!

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