In mid-February I was in the east end of the Columbia River Gorge and decided to take a side trip to The Dalles Mountain Ranch. In a couple of months the hillsides in the area will be covered with golden balsamroot and purple lupine.
But, there were only a few scattered purple grass widows to be seen. Still, it’s always a shock to see wildflowers so early in the year.
The views to the south were spectacular with Mt. Hood dominating the skyline.
Not long later I was in the Dundee area visiting a few wineries. The rows of dormant grape vines at the Erath Vineyard were a reminder that new growth and a new season of wine making would soon be beginning.