Catherine Creek

February 11, 2008: The day promised clear skies, temperature above 50 degrees and no wind so we elected to take the first field trip of the new year and drive to Catherine Creek located off Highway 14 near Lyle, WA. The promise delivered.

On the trails below the highway we found Grass Widows in bloom, the beginning of what will become with a few more warm days a carpet of magenta blossoms. We found three species of lomatium blooming, the tiny salt and pepper ‘Lomatium piperi”, the purple flowered “Lomatium columbianum” and the yellow flowered “Lomatium macrocarpum”. We also found one lonely saxifrage in bloom “Saxifraga integrifolia”. It was a delightful day.

Spring is here.


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