Death Camas at Mountain Ranch


On the first weekend of May I drove to Columbia Hills State Park to visit the Dalles Mountain Ranch. The lower hillsides were ablaze with the golden flowers of arrow-leaf balsamroot and the purple flowers of desert lupine. There are no established trails in the Park, so I explored for awhile.

Meadowlarks were singing their welcoming song and a few groundhogs were enjoying the fresh shoots of grass. But the wind was cold and gusting mightily.

After taking a few photos I decided to return another day for a longer outing.

Wild Cucumber

Wild Cucumber

Groundhog

Groundhog

Balsamroot

Balsamroot

Death Camas

Death Camas

Lupine

Lupine

Hillsides turning golden from Balsamroot in bloom

Hillsides turning golden from Balsamroot in bloom

Big-head Clover

Big-head Clover

Balsamroot

Balsamroot

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