The Clackamas Iris May 16, 2007

Detroit, Marion County, OR: On our return from Salem we took the long way home, driving up the Santiam highway to Detroit and then, turning left (NE) onto 46, and headed for Estacada. About ten miles out of Detroit we found an iris in bloom roadside.

At the crest of the ridge we took a side road toward Round Lake but snow stopped our progress. It’s still winter in the high country.

The drive down the Clackamas River is scenic and deserves more time than we had today… light was fading.

Clackamas Iris
Iris tenuis Clackamas Three Lynx 5/16/2007

We found another species of iris… the rare Clackamas Iris… found only along the Clackamas River, according to some references. We take that to mean the watershed as we have found the iris on some tributaries.


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