Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Columbia River Gorge


We spent a day in the Columbia River gorge recently, but only had time for some exploring on the Washington side of the gorge.  The Oregon side, equally beautiful, will have to wait for another trip.  Though we visited three or four different locations we spent most of our time at Dog Mountain, climbing to the top of the mountain for some spectacular vistas of the Columbia River.  There were plenty of wildflowers and orchids, too, and we had a wonderful but tiring day.  The hike was over seven miles with 2800 feet of gain in elevation, but worth the effort.

trailhead



climbing






along the trail




Forktooth Ookow



Threadleaf Phacelia


 Columbia Windflower


Oregon White Oaks



trail




Striped Coralroot


Spotted Coralroot



 Phantom Orchid



Mount Hood


 Spreading Phlox


 Cow Parsnip


 Western Coltsfoot



 Sword Fern


 Nine-leaf Lomatium


out of the forest




Columbia River and Wind Mountain




wildflowers





Two-banded Checkered Skipper


 Arrowleaf Balsamroot

 

 Rock Penstemon


trail





Columbia River and Wind Mountain


 Arrowleaf Balsamroot


 Cow Parsnip


Oregon


 unidentified



 Spreading Phlox


 Larkspur


Paintbrush and Balsamroot


unidentified insect


Small Milkweed Bug


Paintbrush


the view east


Penstemon


Arrowleaf Balsamroot



 Puget Balsamroot, I think


 Thimbleberry


 Death Camas


 Farewell to Spring




 unidentified shrub


Forktooth Ookow


 guttation on a polypore


Red Columbine


near Husum



 Seep-spring Monkey-flwoer


 Catherine Creek



 Harvest Brodiaea




 Paper Onion

4 comments:

  1. bug number 2 is Lygaeus kalmii , Small Milkweed Bug
    Number 1 possibly in the Chrysomelidae family ( leaf beetles)
    butterfly probably two banded Checkered Skipper Pyrgus ruralis

    had a nice visit at RT and the mountains ARE exceptional, nice patches on both sides of the road

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    1. Thanks for the ID's. Much appreciated and I thought you'd know. Glad you made it to RT. Did you find the alba form up the hill from the road? They are great along the OBR as well and on both sides of the road.

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  2. Fascinating images and info!
    Congrats,

    Helena

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    1. Thanks, Helena. Appreciate the visit.

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