Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Streaming Water

My son and I went for a walk this afternoon after we dropped my daughter off at work. There was a fine mist of rain falling, but we were perfectly dry under the trees. We stopped at this waterfall so I could rest and of course I couldn’t resist taking out the old camera. The large, leafed plant swooping over the stream, and along the bank, are called Devil’s Club (Oplopanax horridum). They have horrible thorns along their steams and stocks. I would have much rather sat and watch the water tumble over the rocks than continue on exploring the Devil’s Club laden forest where my son wanted to explore. It’s awful when you grab whatever you can find to keep from falling and feel tiny, small thorns penetrating your palm(s).

7 comments:

Papa John said...

Devil's club is probably Alaska's most aptly named plant. Nothing else is as painful or as festering as a patch of its needles under the skin. Anyone who plans to walk in the Tongass forest should consider Gwyn's photo a warning poster. Stay well clear of this infernal, thorny, pincushion.

wenn said...

cool!

gogouci said...

Glad you stopped to snap this photo. Beautiful movement of the water.

Francisca said...

What a soothing place for a walk!

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

Such beauty comes with a little pain I guess. Wonderful shot.

Petit Eyekiss said...

A wonderful place for a walk, and the picture is nice!

Kim said...

So many beautiful things are "look but don't touch." Your shot is fantastic and a nice memento of your walk with your son.
-Kim