Monday, June 15, 2015

Cascade Head Preserve

The Nature Conservancy protects some extraordinary places.  I found we would be traveling hear Cascade Head Preserve and expected it would be worth the effort to see it.  I was right, although it does require some effort. There is no parking at the trailhead, so visitors must park at a local park and take a trail which follows alongside a road up to the trailhead.  We were pleasantly surprised to find that for most of this trail, we could not see the road and we were treated to some lovely wooded areas.  The climb that begins at the trailhead is fairly steep. But once we reached the meadows at the top, we were rewarded with stunning views of the coast and many lovely wildflowers.  The preserve is home to two very rare wildflowers, both of which we were lucky enough to find in bloom, and a rare butterfly, which we did not see.  
Mexican hedge nettle.
Piggyback plant.
Seven spotted ladybug.
Tough-leaved iris.
Hairy stemmed checkermallow, a very rare flower.
Cascade Head cachfly, another very rare flower.
Sheep sorrel.
Wild cucumber.
Field chickweed.
Cascade Head catchfly.
Hairy stemmed checkermallow.
Spring beauties.
Slime mold.
Cow parsnip.

1 comment:

Mama Gone Green said...

I love the slime mold!