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Sunshine and wildflowers at 5,000 feet in the Cascade Mountains.
I savored every minute of it on a wilderness hike to the summit of Hawk Mountain, the site of an old wildfire lookout facility.
Gazing over the Breitenbush Drainage, Mt. Jefferson dominated the horizon. Three-fingered Jack, Olallie Butte, Mt. Washington and The Sisters were all easily visible.
I lingered around the lookout site for a long time before reluctantly beginning the hike back to the car. The colorful wildflowers on the summit were at their prime.
How lucky we are to live in such a beautiful part of the world.
Cat’s-ear Lily, Bog Orchid and Cascade Lily
Oregon Sunshine, Boisduval’s Blue Butterfly who has seen its better days (they only live a couple of weeks), and Penstemon