Friday, May 13, 2016

Upper McCord Falls

Upper McCord Falls is a great destination for an easy hike in the Columbia River Gorge.  We've been spending some time wildflower gazing at sunny spots in the gorge, and wanted to see some shade loving beauties as well. Shooting stars, which are a favorite vivid pink spring flower of mine to be found in oak savannas in the gorge, grows at Upper McCord Falls near the summit of the trail on a sunny vertical slope. These are a lovely white variety.  It was very windy where they grow and I was pleased a couple of my photos actually turned out okay. 

Fairy bells.
Starflower.
Oregon bolandra.
Monkeyflower.
Delphinium.
Scouler's valerian.
Delphinium.
Stonecrop.
Elowah Falls.
White shooting star.
Paintbrush.
Western meadowrue.  This species has separate male and female plants and these are male flowers.
Fringecup.
Piggyback plant.
Western corydalis.
Miterwort.
Maple.
Pacific waterleaf.
Western meadowrue.
Fringecup.
Fairy bells.
False Solomon's seal.
Chickweed.
Saxifrage.
White shooting star.
Penstemon.
Miner's lettuce.



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