Winter Wildflower Wonderland


Many varieties of colorful wildflowers in bloom.

Early vibrant butterflies flitting from flower to flower.

Bald eagles, ravens and red-tailed hawks riding the thermals near the towering rimrock cliffs, looking for the next meal to catch.

Pretty blue skies seemingly stretching forever.

The remnants of a stretch of old road chiseled out of the cliffs, a short-lived experiment to use convicts for construction work a century ago.

Almost the end of winter.

The seven-mile loop hike east of Lyle was a beauty.

Stopping at the site of the long-removed cherry orchard, I met the hiking group from the Multnomah Athletic Club. Always a pleasure to see others enjoying the outdoors.

Orange-tipped Butterfly

Orange-tipped Butterfly enjoying a Prairie Star

Larkspur

Larkspur

The trail heading toward the rimrock cliffs

The trail heading toward the rimrock cliffs

Death-camas Lily

Death-camas Lily

The MAC hikers heading down the cliffs

The MAC hikers heading down off the cliffs

Spring Azure

Spring Azure

Balsamroot

Balsamroot

Hikers on top of the cliffs

Hikers on top of the cliffs

Fiddlestick

Rigid Fiddleneck

Glacier Lily

Glacier Lily

Long look down to the Columbia RIver

Long look down to the Columbia RIver

Tresses

Thick-leaf Thelypody

McCall Point

McCall Point on the Oregon side of the Gorge

Shooting Stars

Shooting Stars

A portion of the old convict road

A portion of the old convict road

Spring Azures puddling

Spring Azures puddling

 

 

 

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2 comments

  1. Stunning photos, John. Another place I need to see this spring. So many trails, so little time.

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