Baskett Delight


Another fun visit to a National Wildlife Refuge in the Willamette Valley it was. This time the destination was the Baskett Slough NWR west of Salem. This was a fun location to hike with a combination of wetlands and uplands with Oregon white oak.

Butterflies were seemingly everywhere, mainly silvery-blues. It seemed like every camas lily bloom had a blue, thumbnail-sized butterfly enjoying its pollen. White and golden-crested sparrows were singing from the fence posts. And, a three-foot long brown gopher snake made its appearance along the trail.

I hiked to the top of Baskett Butte and did a little off-trail wandering to the north. For an outing of less than two miles, it was a rare treat.

Pacific Gopher Snake with forked tongue

Pacific Gopher Snake with forked tongue

Slivery-blue Butterfly in a Mariposa Lily

Silvery-blue Butterfly in a Mariposa Lily

Trail leading through the Oregon Oak trees

Trail leading through the Oregon Oak trees

White-crowned Sparrow

White-crowned Sparrow

Silvery-blue Butterfly on a Camas Lily

Silvery-blue Butterfly on a Camas Lily

Prairie Star

Prairie Star

View from top of Baskett Butte

View from top of Baskett Butte

Pacific Gopher Snake

Pacific Gopher Snake

 

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5 comments

  1. Beautiful photographs! It was such a gorgeous Saturday. My wife and I went to the Finley Wildlife Refuge outside of Corvallis. We saw so much wildlife and I took some scenic shots of oaks with lichen streamers, celebrating a symbiosis of fungus and alga. Our next visit will be Baskett Slough. Your photos have inspired me and piqued my curiosity. Thank you! Cheers,
    Tyler 🙂

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  2. RE: the Mariposa Lily – have never seen a fuzzy flower (inside) before. Very cool! What are the hairs for? The upside-down butterfly on Camas Lily photo is cool too!

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