Catherine Creek, Washington

Last night I texted a friend and asked if she’d like to take a scenic drive out to Catherine Creek, “on the Washington side of the Gorge,” to see the early spring wildflowers.  If you’re interested, the Native Plant Society of Oregon has a field trip there this Fri, March 31st.

P1050754P1050751P1050758P1050744Fritillaria pudica – Yellow Bells.  Catherine Creek (Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Washington), 27 March 2017.  One of my favorite lilies!

P1050776P1050769P1050762P1050767Olsynium douglasii – Grass Widows.  Catherine Creek (Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Washington), 27 March 2017.  I have never seen so many grass widows in one location.

Be sure to stop in Hood River, OR for lunch.  The smoked salmon chowder with a glass of red wine at the Big Horse Brew Pub was delicious (you’re welcome).  The toll bridge over the Columbia River costs a dollar in each direction.  Happy Spring!

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