Lyle WA: What a difference a week will make. Marvin and I drove to Catherine Creek today. A strong breeze (15 mph) didn’t help in photographing the flowers but wind sheltered areas gave us a chance. The Grass Widows were a little past prime but we found plenty of opportunities. Oregon Sunshine were in bloom as well as Yellow Bells.
We were delighted to find this tiny Mimulus growing on a rocky bank.
Whitlow-grass was blooming in profusion… and we found a number of mosses including the one I couldn’t get to behave last week. It was a good day.
Lyle, WA: Catherine Creek. The siren song of Catherine Creek called to me… an hour’s drive up the Columbia River and a walk through the spring bloom of Grass Widows seemed appealing so I took advantage of a very fine spring day. After checking for mosses near the intersection of highway 14 and highway 8 (I couldn’t make them behave for the camera) I parked at Catherine Creek. The grass widows haven’t hit their peak display yet but the time is near.
Three species of Lomatium are blooming. The one pictured below is Lomatium columbianum.
While walking the path below the road I met a couple on the trail… they asked if I had seen the Pileated woodpecker… I had not but spent an enjoyable half hour stalking it and trying to capture a reasonable image… to no avail.
Back at trail head a car stopped and the man driving asked if I knew where the “Arch Rock” was located… it took me a minute to recall that I had seen an arch rock up the canyon about half a mile. I followed them to see if memory served correctly and sure enough. It was more impressive than I remembered.
Gresham OR: The backyard beckoned and I tried to capture the image of a moss growing on an apple tree limb. I haven’t mastered getting depth of field on small objects using a macro-lens but half the fun is trying. This picture was the result of several trips to the orchard.
The alder in our vicinity have taken on a red hue… did you ever wonder why they have the scientific name of “Alnus rubra” ? Perhaps it is the from the red shown by staminate catkins that develop in the spring, even before the leaves bud out.