A Golden Crown


The first weekend of spring at the Carty Unit of the Ridgefield NWR.

After crossing over an arched foot bridge above a set of railroad tracks, I walked north to a cedar plankhouse. It was built in 2005 as a representative of the 14 plankhouses observed by Lewis & Clark in a nearby Indian village.

This was the beginning of the Oaks to Wetlands Trail, a well-marked path passing several lakes.

Eventually the Trail emerged on a butte overlooking much of the area.

As I walked back to the trailhead, the thickets appeared to be alive with small birds, even a rabbit and a garter snake or two.

Truly a bird lovers delight.

Golden-crowned Sparrow (They will be heading north soon)

Golden-crowned Sparrow (They will be heading north soon)

Trout Lily about to bloom (notice its distinctive leaf)

Trout Lily about to bloom (notice its distinctive leaf)

Arched bridge at entrance to Carty Unit

Arched bridge at entrance to Carty Unit

Red Dead-nettle

Red Dead-nettle

One of several lakes in the Carty Unit

One of several lakes in the Carty Unit

Toothwort

Toothwort

Indian Plum

Indian Plum

 

 

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