It was very cloudy when Hiker and I got up this morning. We drove over to Whitney Canyon to do a 2 mile hike. I as lucky to find a parking place as the lot is normally full on weekends. As we headed up the trail, the clouds seemed to be burning off.
About a half mile up the trail we found a blooming Buckwheat Bush. These blooms turn a dark burnt orange color in the fall. You can see them already started to turn some.
The clouds started to come back again and it became very humid. The deer flies were eating me up.
The brush on the ground has turned brown and is very dry. I remember when I was hiking here last spring, the grasses were so green. The trees are still nice and green though.
A tree had fallen across the trail about a mile up into the canyon. We could have hiked around it if we had gone into the dry brush, but I didn't want to chance there being any snakes or ticks in the brush so we turned around and went back to the car and came home.