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It was the first weekend of February and what a nice mid-winter day it was.
Mostly cloudy skies, but no wind and temperatures in the 40s. Many colorful wildflowers were easy to spot and there were beautiful vistas extending up and down the Columbia River.
I enjoyed hiking several miles in the Catherine Creek area, mainly in open Oak Savannah.
The small, but pretty purple grass widows were just beginning to bloom in the lower elevations. There were also Western saxifrage and salt & pepper parsley to be seen.
The first wildflowers always brighten my mood, and foretell a new year of wonderful hikes.
Early morning sunshine on Mt. Hood