On Sunday I took a few photos at Swan Creek Park in Tacoma, Washington. This lovely little stream valley is tucked away close to the Tacoma Dome, though you'd never know it from its remote feel. Rescued in the 1960s from being a landfill, the 290-acre parcel is a joint venture of Metro Parks and Pierce County Parks. The trail follows along and above Swan Creek (chum and coho salmon spawn here in late fall), which drains north along the east edge of Tacoma into the Puyallup River. Salmon Berry thickets and big-leaf maples swathed in licorice ferns flourish in the lower part of the canyon (a nice open walk in winter) switching to the conifers, Salal and Oregon grape that grow near the higher, drier parts of the trail.