A Visit to Rowena


Rowena Plateau is a delight to visit and to explore in the Columbia River Gorge.

The area is a basalt mesa overlooking the Columbia River. Ice Age floods scoured the top of the plateau.

One can spot kolk lakes, depressions created by the floods, while enjoying the wildflowers on a 2 1/2 mile loop around the plateau.

As an added bonus, I spotted a couple of blacktail deer near the road while driving the short distance to Memaloose Hills.

While photographing them, they literally walked up to me. It made for high-quality shots, but I was on high alert. One should always be careful around wild animals.

Balsamroots in bloom with the Columbia River in the background

Balsamroots in bloom with the Columbia River in the background

McCall Point

McCall Point

Kolb "Lake"

A Kolk “Lake”

Serviceberry

Serviceberry

Lupine about to bloom

Lupine about to bloom

Larkspur

Larkspur

Shooting Star

Shooting Star

Blacktail Deer

Blacktail Deer

Blacktail Deer

Blacktail Deer

Blacktail Deer

Blacktail Deer

Blacktail Deer

Blacktail Deer (nice eyelashes)

Blacktail Deer

Blacktail Deer

Blacktail Deer

Blacktail Deer

Townsend Warbler

Townsend Warbler

 

 

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6 comments

  1. Great shots of the deer, John. Looks like you were all on high alert. I think the trail to Tom McCall Point (above Rowena) opens May 1st.

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    • You’re right. McCall Point opened today. Doing it with the loop to the east is a joy this time of the year. By the way, it was fun seeing you, Gwen and the fellow members of Trailmix yesterday. The views from the summit of Saddle Mountain were about as nice as they get.

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  2. Beautiful Photos! Thanks for bringing a bit of nature into our NYC Office!

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  3. Oh my, we have to get up there before too late!

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