An Amazing Early Spring Wildflower Hike


Wow! Golden balsamroot covering the southern and eastern-facing slopes of the Memaloose Hills west of Mosier.

Bees, butterflies and colorful wildflowers too plentiful and varied to count. Dramatic purples, blues, reds, whites and yellows dotted the landscape.

The warm sunshine brought out the wonderful smells of the rich soils and fragrant flowers.

We truly enjoyed the outing, commenting to each other that the floral show was about as good as we’ve seen.

I hope the photographs capture a semblance of the beauty of the day.

Honeybee covered in pollen enjoying a balsamroot

Honeybee covered in pollen enjoying a balsamroot

Naked Broomrape

Naked Broomrape

Balsamroot covering the slopes of the higher Memaloose Hill

Balsamroot covering the slopes of the higher Memaloose Hill

Larkspur

Larkspur

Unknown

Henbit

A bee taking a break

A honey bee taking a break

Big-head Clover

Big-head Clover

Duskywing Butterfly

Duskywing Butterfly

Your Humble Scribe

Your Humble Scribe

Spotted Towhee

Spotted Towhee

Blue-eyed Mary

Blue-eyed Mary

Ringneck Snake "hiding" in the grass

Ringneck Snake “hiding” in the grass

Chocolate Lily

Chocolate Lily

Prairie Stars

Prairie Stars

Columbia Desert Parsely

Columbia Desert Parsley

Mt. Hood

Mt. Hood

Grass Widow

Grass Widow

Lupine

Lupine

Gromwell

Gromwell

Paintbrush

Paintbrush

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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8 comments

  1. What a gorgeous hike. We are just starting to see the first signs of spring here in Chicago, so I am jealous of the beautiful flowers that you are already getting to see and photograph–not to mention the spectacular scenery! Well done!

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    • Thanks for the kind words. The next few months I’ll be following the wildflowers as they bloom higher and higher, and move from east to west. It’s one of the joys of hiking in the Portland area.

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  2. Nice photos and it looks like a great outing.

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  3. John,
    I wish the circumstance was different and that I had the joy of joining you on a spring time hike to observe in real time these beautiful flowers.
    God Bless

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  4. Beautiful photos. Is there a name for the trail? Where does it start? Thank you.

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    • The trail is called Memaloose Hills. It begins a few miles east of Mosier off the old highway. It’s a beautiful area to hike. Park at the Memaloose Overlook site, walk across the road to the south and follow the trails.

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