Friday, May 8, 2015

Catherine Creek

We returned to Catherine Creek,  one of the best spots for wildflower peeping in the Columbia River Gorge, where the spectacular wildflower show continues with bitterroot. It is the state flower of Montana, for which the Bitterroot Mountains were named.  The leaves generally die out before the wildflowers boom, giving the appearance that the rocks themselves are blooming. There were many other beauties to be seen also.  It was cold and rainy in Portland that day but the sun shone for us.
Camas flower.
Bicolor cluster lily.
Bitterroot.
An interpretive sign at Catherine Creek identifies this as "white plectritis".  It's actually meadow death camas.
Monkey flower.
Sweat pea.
Lupine.
Buckwheat.
Bicolor cluster lily.
Penstemon.
Rowland Lake and the Columbia.
Bitterroot. 
Death camas.
Bitterroot. 
This handsome gopher snake crossed the trail in front of us. 
This harmless species is frequently killed by people who mistake it for a rattlesnake.
Snakefly.  Found on the...uh...port-a-potty.
Rosy plectritis. 
Forget-me-not.
Darkling beetle.
California poppy.
Bitterroot.
Sulphur flower.
Hairy vetch.
California poppy.
Seven spotted lady bug.
Ball-head cluster lily.
Batchelor's button.
Bitterroot.
Fiddlehead.
Batchelor's button.

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