~ Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #218 ~ Over The Hill ~

How many hills have I crested? How many trails have I trod and what have I learned on the journey? Many hills have beckoned me in my lifetime and I find each one to be an invitation to discover more of life.

Last week I was part of a group of supporters that was ferried across Willapa Bay to hike trails on Long Island. A fundraiser sponsored by the Friends of Willapa National Wildlife Refuge, I jumped at the chance to explore an area I couldn’t get to on my own.

On arriving at Long Island, the tide was not quite right for the flat-bottom ferry to land. We had options, take off our shoes and splash to shore or wait. Many of us opted to wade the few feet that remained! Soon after I had my socks and shoes back on, I started up the trail on my own. There were Forest Rangers and other volunteers to help guide the group – I just wanted to explore independently and take photos!

I had hoped to photograph birds on this hike, however being right at the height of fall migration, there wasn’t much new to see in that regard. The trail lead through old growth Douglas Fir forests to a grove of ancient Cedars – which were quite stunning.

It was a lovely day, the hike was just the right length for me, and being on my own, yet in an organized group was perfect. Another hill climbed, with a deep sense of fulfillment and some pretty good shots at the end of the day.

Thanks to Donna Holland of Wind Kisses for this challenge. It is an honor to be asked to host, and also a big responsibility to look at and respond to the many posts we followers send in! Your challenge was such a nice wide-open topic, and fit right into what was important to me this past week.

Whatever hills you climb, please honor our earth, be kind and stay safe.🐾

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13 Responses to ~ Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #218 ~ Over The Hill ~

  1. What a wonderful experience, in every way! It looks like (and maybe is) primeval forest. Lovely shots. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Ralph Becker says:

    You get better all the time. Keep it up.

  3. Teresa says:

    Love the tall Cedar trees 👍 Thanks for sharing.

  4. Wind Kisses says:

    This is fantastic. Kind of a treasure trip. I love that you returned more in depth to where my footsteps took me last week. I didn’t know you could get Long Island via boat. I would have wandered along with you.

    Hills really are an invitation. For some to wander, others to wonder. Thank you for your kind words regarding my host. I have enjoyed it very much, mostly because there have been to many variations to the theme. Thanks for joining Lindy.

  5. doclorisoli says:

    So many hills my sister and many more to be discovered! I’m so glad your day was magical! The pictures are phenomenal! Love and hugs 🤗

  6. I love seeing these tall Cedar trees but these images are so amazing.

  7. Susan Donnelly says:

    Beautiful photos! I especially love your tree shots.

  8. Leya says:

    Being a tree lover – I much appreciated these lovely images of firs and cedars!

  9. Tina Schell says:

    The trees are really amazing Lindy – what a great spot you got to explore!

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