We were scrambling in Gert Canyon, tributary to the lower Deschutes River canyon near Sherar’s Bridge, when we spotted a green butterfly (known as Sheridan’s Green Hairstreak) feeding on a lomatium.
One of our favorite haunts, the lower Deschutes is accessible by gravel road following the river below Sherar’s Bridge some 18 miles and terminating at Mack’s Landing where further travel downriver is either by boat or by foot trail following an old railroad grade. Land in the area is mostly public with picnic and camping facilities operated by a fee system. The river is popular with white-water rafters and fishermen. We use it as a source area for wildlife photography.