Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Blooming Good Time

It's been more than two weeks since we began our personal wildflower viewing season with a trip to Catherine Creek, on the Washington side of the Columbia Gorge 

We are still learning wildflowers and not as confident on identification as with birds, but here goes our best guesses.

Grass widows (Olsynium douglasii) were numerous and toward the end of their peak.

Western Saxifrage (Saxifraga occidentalis)

 Gray's desert parsley (Lomatium grayi) 

Buttercup (Rananculus sp) - (someday we'll know all these)

 Prairie Star (Lithophragma parviflorum) and bitter root basal leaves

 Salt and Pepper (Lomatium piperi)

Small flower Blue-eyed Mary (Collinsia parviflora)

Columbia desert parsley (Lomatium columbianum)

Finally on solid ground - this is definitely a western bluebird, kind enough to pose so that I could take this picture through the windshield.


  1. Glad to see you are expanding your horizons!

  2. And my horizons too...so glad it was a fruitful trip! We so enjoyed seeing you off!

  3. and expanding mine...I just thought they were called wild. :) So happy to see you off on that one.