Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Catherine Creek

Catherine Creek is a hot spot for wildflower lovers all spring long.  Some of the earliest wildflower displays happen here, when the grass widows bloom.  They are little purple flowers in the iris family that resemble cultivated crocuses, and they go gangbusters in this special place. We went there a bit later when the grass widows were still blooming but many others had also joined the show. We like to take one of the short hikes up to an overlook with amazing views of the Columbia River Gorge. We hope to return soon to see the bitterroot blooming.

Gold field.
Blue eyed Mary.
Prairie stars.
Grass widows.
Prairie stars.
Yellow bells.
Shooting stars.
Saxifrage.
Columbia desert parsley.
Yellow bells.
Buttercup.

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