Hopefully on your screen, they're not too dark. They look one way on my computer at home, and much different on my computer at the office...
Anyway... come hike with us:
The first 3 or 4 hundred yards we were rock hopping up the river...
...until we finally crossed over on got on a trail.
Doesn't this look like two pictures stitched together? It's not. The right is lush and green and the left is barren and woody. Weird.
The creek got really gentle at this point.
Look at that forest floor covered in fern!
I wish I had also taken this shot with the fern in focus - I think I would have like it better than having the trees in focus. Next time.