These photographs were taken on the Snowqualmie Valley Regional Trail in Duvall, Washington. The 31 mile trail passes through a lush agricultural valley, with the Cascade Range to the east. Bordered by tall native trees and very level, it’s a favorite of dog walkers, joggers and mountain bikers. Rivers and streams that are important for salmon weave through this valley, and many of the local farms here are certified “Salmon Safe” – a farm program that protects habitat for salmon.
Herbs, specialty vegetables, Christmas trees, blueberries, and native plants are some of the crops you might see from the trail. But these photos were taken right on the trail, where native plants are common – there are bracken ferns, Big Leaf Maples, wild cherries and maybe, hiding in plain sight, a few harmless snakes out sunning themselves.