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On a sunny weekend in late winter I headed to the east side of the Columbia River Gorge to see if some colorful wildflowers could be spotted. My goal was to explore the Catherine Creek area in Washington about 65 miles from home.
Like Coyote Wall, the area is a tilted basalt formation extending a few miles north of the Gorge, rising to around 2,300 feet above sea level.
Not having much time, I crossed the road from the parking area and did a short loop on a paved path past a small waterfall on Catherine Creek. I quickly began spotting purple grass widows and many other wildflowers. Several meadowlarks were serenading me along the way.
The trek made for a beautiful “spring” outing in early March.
Yellow Bells (wild Lilies)
Buttercup, Prairie Star and Saxifrage