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My brother and I hiked today in the Columbia River Gorge near the town of The Dalles. It was cloudy and cool, but wildflower season has arrived. The predominant flowers are balsam root and lupine, but there were many others as well.
Most of the lupine is deep blue or purple, but we saw one pink one.
An owl clover, about the size of a silver dollar.
Indian paintbrush, much darker than the others we saw.
Looking up the river. The Dalles is on the right at the big bend.
A Mimulus, or monkey flower. They grow in moist areas, here a creek bottom.
Published in Environment
I love that drive from Boise to Portland. The Dalles is the point where you can see the desert starting to morph into the wetter Coastals range.
Those are impressive blooms; you went out to see at just the right time, it seems. Thanks for the pics.
I enjoy the drive in the reverse direction. If I had to summarize it in word, it would be freedom.
Thank you for the bright and dazzling colors. Fun to have something beautiful from nature to reflect on.
That you for telling me where this was! So so beautiful!