Catherine is a Beauty


First day of daylight savings time and what a day it was.

Sun breaks, a light breeze and wild flowers too many to count.

Enjoyed a nine-mile, 2,000-foot elevation gain hike on the east side of Catherine Creek Canyon, mainly in open Oak Savannah.

Besides thousands of purple grass widows, there were gold stars, buttercups, salt and pepper, yellow desert parsley and saxifrage in bloom.

In the morning deer were moving into the upper canyons.

Great day to be in the Columbia River Gorge.

Grass Widows covering the slopes

Grass Widows covering the slopes

Rare white Grass Widow

Rare white Grass Widow

Trail leading up the ridge

Trail leading up the ridge

To see deer, one needs a sharp eye

To see deer, one needs a sharp eye

Old corral in Catherine Creek Canyon

Old corral in Catherine Creek Canyon

Storm clouds over the Columbia RIver

Storm clouds over the Columbia RIver

Mature Ponderosa Pine and white Oak trees

Mature Ponderosa Pine and white Oak trees

Western Saxifrage

Western Saxifrage

Grass Widow

Grass Widow

Columbia Gray Squirrel

Columbia Gray Squirrel

Mist rising out of the canyons

Mist rising out of the canyons

Deer feeding

Deer feeding

Grass Widow

Grass Widow

Natural arch in rimrock cliffs near Catherine Creek

Natural arch in rimrock cliffs near Catherine Creek

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4 comments

  1. Hi John: I use your images, the names of flowers, trees, species of animals, other elements in my short stories. The last one I used was the Antelope Cafe. The story was two teenage girls on their way to the beach being chased by a couple of local boys in an old Mustang. The girls took refuge in The Antelope Cafe, met the owner as she was closing up for the day and the story goes on.

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  2. Hi John!

    Will you add eric.arzola@pacificorp.com to your blog? He can appreciate fine photography and a good accompanying story ☺

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    • Hi Lisa,
      It’s easy for Eric to follow the blog. Just have him click on the “follow” button on any of my blog posts. After signing up he’ll receive all subsequent blog posts by e-mail.
      Hope you’re getting an opportunity for a hike or two in the outdoors.
      J.

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