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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 17, 2014

Texas Wildflower Updated 4/17/14

Wildflower Haven reports for

 Got back from a weekend trip to College Station that started out with wildflower hunting on the service road off of 183 & I-10 based on reading about Rich’s trip earlier in the week.  We stopped at a couple of places on that service road before stopping at the field Rich photographed.  The firewheels were really starting to look good and were mixed in with bluebonnets, paintbrush and yellow flowers.   The roadsides and medians were very pretty.

We then proceeded to Bastrop via Hwy 86 to Hwy 20.  We stopped at the corner of Hwy 20 and Shiloh Rd. to see a small field of bluebonnets with red phlox that was very pretty.  Across the street from this field was  large field with bluebonnets that is near a cemetery.  The field wasn’t completely filled in, but was pretty with a decent view.  We took our daughter to the Independence area so that she could work on a photography project for a class at A&M.

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 17, 2014

Mojave Desert / Johnson Valley Wildflower Photos

submitted by  Jim Harvey
For 2014 Mojave Desert / Johnson Valley wildflower images visit the Johnson Valley Wildflower website :http://www.johnsonvalley.com/wildflowers.html

 

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 17, 2014

Pacific Northwest Wildflower Reports 4/17/14

Oregon Wildflowers has two new reports:

The Cove Palisades State Park,OR  4/17/14  If you visit the Lower Deschutes Day-use Area, you will find tons of Service Berry (Amelanchier alnifolia, and Oceanspray (Holodiscus discolor)in bloom. Bitter-brush (Purshia tridentata), Biscuit Root, and Oregon Grape(Mahonia repens) are also popping out all over.

Wind Mountain, WA 4/15/14 Went up the Wind Mountain trail on the 15th and saw lots of trilliums, fairy slippers and oak toothwort.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 17, 2014

Central California Wildflower Report 4/16/14

Submitted by Spencer Westbrook  author of A Guide to Wildflower Locations of Central and Southern California

I travelled from Ventura to Pinnacles Nat Park along Hwy 101. While it has been a very dry year the timing of the springs rains was such that the hills and fields were green with grass but few, if any wildflowers.

I hiked west Pinnacles trails and was able to find flowers, not lush displays but nice flowers nonetheless. There was even a bit of water flowing in the creeks. It can get quite hot at this park so do not expect much to last more than a few more weeks at most.

I then traveled on one of my favorite roads, Carmel Valley road from the Arroyo Seco area west of Greenfield (on Hwy 101) to the Carmel area. This is a very pleasant drive on a classic California backroad with oaks, meadows, great views, streams and in this case several displays of nice wildflowers including shooting stars, chinese houses, lupine, mule ears, poppies, fiesta flower, violets. Don’t expect to see much if you drive more than 25 mph or less, so take your time.

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 17, 2014

Central Texas Bluebonnets 4/17/14 – Updated

 Gary Regner Photography reports on 4/17/14

  • Bluebonnets are now on the decline in Austin and are starting to go to seed. Paintbrush are still looking good and even more are showing up. To the west of Austin, some of the shores of Lake Travis have large stands of bluebonnets. Look for areas that are normally under water. Many may only be accessible by boat, but several parks have nice displays.
  • LCRA Muleshoe Bend Park – hundreds of acres of bluebonnets, at peak now [Rating 5]
  • LCRA Turkey Bend Park – I could see from across the lake that this park had bluebonnets along the shore as well [Rating 4]
  • LCRA Gloster Bend Park – I could also see from across the lake that this park had bluebonnets along the shore, not sure how accessible they are

See older reports at: Gary Regner Photography.

 

Excerpt from Wildflower Haven report on bluebonnets in Central Texas:

Visited Muleshoe Bend park on 4/15 & 4/16 for sunset and sunrise. Bluebonnets are covering the shores where there is usually water. I visited this same place in 2007 and it was the same, only this year is quite a bit better. Other areas of Lake Travis have bluebonnets as well, including Turkey Bend and some other areas along the shores of northern Lake Travis. Many would only be accessible by boat.

The majority of the flowers were at maximum peak today, tallFor pure, large monocultures of bluebonnets, this is the best I’ve seen this year. Must be over a hundred acres of them, maybe more, in Muleshoe alone. I could see Turkey Bend across the lake and there were many there as well.

See photo at:  A Literal Lake of Bluebonnets! – Austin and South Central Texas.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 17, 2014

Antelope Valley At Peak Bloom 4/17/14 – Updated

Updated with Latest Poppy Reserve Research Field Notes and Observations

Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve SNR  has a new wildflower bloom status report for  April 17, 2014 declaring the park at Peak Bloom Now.

It looks like the park is at peak bloom now, but it should continue to be a great bloom through the end of April.  Although some poppy flowers are spent, there are many more buds still developing.  The big rain we had at the end of February, doubled with a little more a month later, will keep the peak going without fading fast.

There are rivers of orange around the park, with some areas carpeted in orange.

Patches of other wildflowers such as white forget me nots, purple lupine and lacy phacelia, yellow goldfields and fiddleneck are creating a mosaic of color throughout the park.  The best poppy showing is currently at the west end of the North Poppy Loop trail- remember to stay on the trail; the poppies are right next to it so there’s no difficulty in seeing them.  Poppies are also abundant along our handicap-accessible trail this year.

Click Read more to see the Latest Poppy Reserve Research Field Notes and Observations for the Poppy Reserve and nearby locations

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 17, 2014

California Postpones Wolf Protection Decision For 90 Days

Press Release Center for Biological Diversity

California Wolf-protection Decision Postponed 90 Days by Commission

Public Comment Period Will Reopen; New Hearing Set for June

VENTURA, Calif.— After hearing several hours of public testimony from an overflow crowd of more than 200 people and receiving more than 2,600 pages of comments, California Fish and Game commissioners voted on Wednesday to postpone until July their decision on extending state Endangered Species Act protections to gray wolves. In the surprise decision, the commission said the law allowed it the option of deferring the decision for up to 90 days, during which the public-comment period will be reopened and an additional public hearing held June 4 at Fortuna, in Northern California.

“This is a huge victory for gray wolves who are clearly trying to return to California where they lived for generations,” said Amaroq Weiss, West Coast wolf organizer for the Center for Biological Diversity. “It gives me great hope that rather than simply rubber-stamping the state’s recommendation not to protect wolves, the commissioners wisely decided to take a broader look at making sure wolves get a chance to recover here. I think the Commission realizes that’s what’s right, that’s what Californians want and that’s what the law says.”

The postponement came after a discussion that included consideration of the controversial recommendation by the state Department of Fish and Wildlife that, rather than protecting the wolf under the Act, the Department could consider designating it as a species of special concern and then, as needed, the Commission could enact rules and regulations that would prevent wolves from being killed in California. That option did not sit well with some conservation groups.

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 17, 2014

Best iPhone Apps for Learning Bird Songs

The All About Birds Blog from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology has a posting reviewing the best apps for learning bird songs.  The factors they reviewed for were:

  • Ease of use
  • Audio content
  • Expert help
  • Fun factor

Apps reviewed included:

  • Larkwire which got the top rating)
  • Chirp!
  • iKnowBirdSongs

They also commented on sound collections and Field Guide apps.

Read the reviews at: Our Review: Best iPhone Apps for Learning Bird Songs | All About Birds.

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 16, 2014

Henry Coe Wildflower Report 4/16/14

Henry Coe State Park has a new wildflower bloom update today at the Pine Ridge Association website. To see what is in bloom including photos of flowers in bloom go to: Henry W. Coe – Wildflower Guide.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 16, 2014

Texas Wildflower Updates

Wild About Texas Wildflowers has the following new reports

155 and Meyersveille Cheappel Hill, TX (4/16/14): Bluebonnet fields along Meyersville. Didn't drive the entire road, but found several fields not far from 1155.

Flewellen and Whitman Brenham,TX 4/13/14: Angela M says: This was my favorite spot on my trip. There were some donkeys on the left at the turn onto Whitman. On the other side is a thick area of flowers. Both sides are fenced in, but I like trying to take pictures with the fence in it. This is my one day where I try to act like I know what I'm doing!

See photos for above posts and older reports at: Wild About Texas Wildflowers


Wildflower Haven has this report:

West End of Ennis around Carls Corner between 135 E&W:Not really part of Ennis but about the same latitiude. We were on our way to Fredericksburg for a couple days and saw quite a few nice BB along I35W between Milford and Carls Corner so got off at Carls Corner on FM2959 and drove east to US 77 and went north. came across a couple nice spots with lots of color (orange,yellows, blues, pink & red) with a building in the background with painted Texas Flag. Continued N on US 77 to FM 934 and turned left (NW) on 934. We found a few spots mostly on the right side of the road of large fields of BB, yellow flowers, some red and oranges, We went up a couple of the dirt roads a few 100 yards for different views. By the time we got to Iverson, we did not see much, only spotty clums along the road. Contiued to Itasca then back to I35 via TX 81.

Not much else on drive to Fredricksburg. Really sparse along TX29 from Georgetown and TX 16 Llano to Fredricksburg.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 16, 2014

Obama Urged To Help Monarchs

The New York Times wrote of efforts by scientists, educators, naturalists, farmers and poets urging President Obama to take actions to protect Monarchs. They urged the executive branch to pursue actions on both public and private land along the butterfly’s migratory path to benefit the Monarchs. Read story at: White House Pressed to Protect Ailing Monarch Butterflies – NYTimes.com – NYTimes.com.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 16, 2014

Progress On Florida Everglades Conservation

Sierra Club Florida News has a new article about a step forward in the conservation of the Everglades

Last week the Sierra Club and its allies scored a major victory when state water managers decided to move forward on a plan to restore water flow across Florida’s state-owned Everglades. The South Florida Water Management District Governing Board unanimously voted to share the cost of the Federal Government’s plan to remove two key canals and degrade a third that block water flow leading to Everglades National Park.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ plan known as the Central Everglades Planning Project (or CEPP) is a suite of critical, but never-authorized, projects in the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (or CERP) of 2000.

Sierra Club members and supporters submitted more than 200 emails to Governing Board members and 10 spoke at the public hearing. In all, more than 30 speakers supported CEPP. None opposed.

But the fight is not over. Congress still needs to include CEPP in the Corps’ latest funding bill, and still not settled are important water quality issues between the Federal Government and the State of Florida. The Courts are closely eyeing the amount of Phosphorus from sugar, cattle and municipal waste allowed in various parts of the Everglades. Who will be forced to clean it up and to what extent is where the next battle lies.

via  Sierra Club Florida News: Everglades Victory

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 16, 2014

2014 Lyrids Meteor Shower April Peaks April 23

The Lyrids meteor shower are usually active between April 16 and April 25 every year. It will peak April 23. A waning gibbous moon will make it harder for observers to view the shower.

Considered to be the oldest known meteor shower, the Lyrids are named after constellation Lyra. The radiant point of the shower – the point in the sky where the meteors seem to emerge from – lies near the star Vega, one of the brightest stars in the sky during this time of the year. The Lyrids are associated with comet Thatcher, which takes about 415 years to orbit around the Sun.

Read more at:  2014 Lyrids meteor shower.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 15, 2014

Columbia River Gorge Wildflowers 4/13/14

Pacific Northwest Wildflowers has an detailed plant and fauna list for the three Columbia River Gorge areas:

April 13, 2014: Mark Hatfield Trail (Twin Tunnels Trail) – From the Mosier Trailhead west to the Rock Quarry.

April 12, 2014: Columbia Hills State Park & Natural Area Preserve – Be sure to post your Washington Discover Pass to avoid the $99 fee!

April 11, 2014: Latourell Falls Loop Trail (Glenn Talbot State Park)

via Wildflower Bloom in the Columbia River Gorge of Oregon and Washington for 2014.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 15, 2014

Anza-Borrego Desert SP Wildflower Update 4/15/14

Anza-Borrego Desert SP has the following new wildflower update for April 15, 2014

Winter rains this year have not been enough to prompt a showy display of annual wildflowers, but a careful observer willing to spend some time looking can find something in bloom somewhere. Cacti, shrubs, and ocotillo are persisting in small numbers. The Palo Verde trees are still blooming at the Visitor Center and around town, but the bright yellow blossoms won’t last much longer. The Visitor Center’s Desert Willow is in full bloom, with gorgeous lavender blossoms. Ironwoods and indigo bushes are beginning to sport tiny purple flowers. Hikers may still find occasional blooming plants in western canyons, and should try sections of the Pacific Crest Trail, particularly at higher elevations, for more flowers.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 15, 2014

More Antelope Valley Wildflower Updates 4/15/14

Desert USA has three new posts with photos  for Antelope Valley including photos from yesterday’s post by Son Nguyen at  Desert Wildflower Reports for Southern California by DesertUSA.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 15, 2014

California Hwy 245 Wildflowers 4/15/14

Desert Wildflower Reports – DesertUSA has the following wildflower report for Highway 245 between Visalia and Kings Canyon - Sequoia National Parks

drive on SR-245 and encountered the most beautiful array of wildflowers in a natural setting that just took our breath away and made us smile. The route starts in Visalia, CA, where you will head east out of town on SR 198 for just a few miles until you come to the SR-198/SR-245 intersection. Then you take SR-245 north to and through Woodlake Junction. You just continue following the SR-245 signs through the foothills and long sweeping turns. The road continues to wind and twist. Stick with it all the way to Highway 180 and you will be rewarded with miles of lovely wildflowers. If you’d like, at Highway 180 turn left and you will probably see even more wildflowers. See photos at: Desert Wildflower reports for Northern California by DesertUSA.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 15, 2014

Oakland Camp, Plumas County 4/14/14

blackoaknaturalist posted a report on Oakland Camp in Plumas County

For the first time this season, I took a hike out past Oakland Camp to Gilson Creek. There's a little slope between the dirt road to the creek and the railroad track where I usually find Blue-eyed Mary around this time. But, the slope was so dry, there were hardly any flowers at all. But, growing out of the creek as usual there were a few Indian Rhubarb blooming.

The blackoaknaturalist writes about all aspects of nature in Plumas County.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 15, 2014

Texas Wildflower Reports 4/14/14

Wildflower Haven has the following updates

Image of March RD.  It clearly shows the field is still in early bloom and will likely not peak until after Easter weekend.see photo at:  March RD – 4/12/2014 Image – Ennis and DFW.

Took a drive Sunday April 13 to check out the big bluebonnet field at the corner of Watterson Rd and FM535 between Rosanky and Rockne.  It is definitely at peak.  One of the locals drove down Watterson Rd warning those taking pictures that rattlesnakes have been seen in the dtiches so beware!!   Well worth the drive to see this field.   Then I  took 535 to 21 back to Bastrop, then headed down 71 to LaGrange where I picked up 77 toward Schulenberg.   Fields and fields of bluebonnets from LaGrange south on 77 all the way to Int. 10.   The picture of the cows in the field of bluebonnets was amazing.  Had to make a stop at Franks restaurant, then went back up 77 to pick up FM 159 East from LaGrange.   The bluebonnet field with the longhorns was not far out of LaGrange and was absolutely gorgeous !!!   Then not far down from it was a beautiful mix of bluebonnets and paint brush in a field with hay bales.  FM159 has been hit and miss some years, but this year is a good one !   Basically flowers most of the way to Bellville.   Old Nelsonville Rd off of Shupak Rd      ( east of Industry) was a gorgeous drive with a pond surrounded by paintbrush and bluebonnets and another large field further down the rd.  All and all a beautiful wildflower day in spite of overcast skies and off and on rain. see Rosanky, LaGrange, Nelsonville area – Brenham Area.
Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 15, 2014

Amador County Wildflower Report 4/13/14

Calphoto has the following report for Amador County

My best find was the previous afternoon on the drive to Sonora on Hwy 49.  A little ways north of Jackson, there were lots of poppies on the hills on the east side of the road.  When I got to the Mukelumne River, I took the road on the north side of the river going east (I think it is Electra Rd., or something similar).  It is a narrow paved road that follows the river for about 3 miles, the river on one side and hills on the other.  The hills were covered with poppies, lupines and oaks from bottom to top.  I was able to get some wonderful photos.  I think that there are probably a few good days left before the flowers dry out.

see more reports at Calphoto (must register to use site)

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 15, 2014

BirdTape To Prevent Bird Crashes Into Buildings & Create Art

Birds crashing into buildings is a serious problem that may kill as many as a billion birds a year. To learn more about this threat read the article Bird friendly buildings could save millions in Conservation Magazine. To learn what about something simple you can do at home to help birds read this media release from American Bird Conservancy about BirdTape.

Stunning Creativity by Virginia Artists Saving Birds at  the Virginia Zoo
Collisions Prevented by Innovative Use of ABC BirdTape

Three artists from Virginia have taken a very practical product called ABC BirdTape, which is designed to prevent birds from fatally crashing into buildings or home windows, and turned it into spectacular artwork at the Virginia Zoo that maintains its functionality but brings breathtaking imagery to the task.

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 14, 2014

Lancaster/Antelope Valley Wildflower Update 4/14/14

Wildflower report for Lancaster/Antelope Valley area submitted by Son Nguyen

In Lancaster on Avenue I from 110 West to Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve is blazing with flowers. Carpet and carpet of flowers, with many different colors. The poppy is not big, but it’s a good thing because they blend really well with other flowers to create wonderful field of color.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 14, 2014

Yosemite Valley & Merced River Canyon Updates 4/14/14

Yosemite Nature Notes Blog has a report on what is happening in Yosemite Valley and the Merced River Canyon. Here are the flower and bird highlights.

The Merced River canyon below Yosemite Valley is ablaze with poppies and dozens of other flower species just now. The color of millions of petals is dazzling even from miles away on the Glacier Point Road. Clarkia is already in bloom in the very lowest foothills.

Snowplants have been emerging for about 3 weeks already. Miner’s Lettuce and Gooseberry are blooming in Yosemite Valley. What we call ‘the first dogwood’ located along Hwy. 140 above Cascades is officially in bloom now; Valley trees will be lit up shortly. Orioles have been in the Valley since the end of March, with black-throated gray warblers right behind. Black-headed grosbeaks arrived in the Valley a week ago. Vireos and tanagers are on their way. Conservancy naturalists have started springtime birdwalks and botany walks from the Art Center and there are some really great natural history field seminars coming up.

See full post and photo at  Yosemite Nature Notes Blog.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 14, 2014

Bear Valley & Walker Ridge Wildflower Report 4/11/14

The Calphoto Yahoo Group has the following report for Bear Valley and Walker Ridge from April 11, 2014:

The valley is barren. However, there are some nice hillsides with poppies, lupines, and birds-eye gillas along the road before the bridge to the resort. There is also a new beaver dam just before you rise up and bend right for the valley floor overview. On Walker Ridge Road the best spots are those burned out manzanitas, they have a variety of onions and lots of yellow fairy lanterns. Many in bud. Moreover, there are some good stands of shooting stars. All Adobe lilies are past prime, but still good subjects as seed pods

See more reports at Calphoto. (must register to use site)

 

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 14, 2014

Washington State Wildflower Reports

Washington Trails Association has many new hike reports. Here are some wildflower excerpts from recent hikes:

North Cascades — West Slope
Wildflowers are just starting and should be in full swing in the next few weeks.
Central Cascades — Stevens Pass – East
Flowers were abundant. Beautiful fields of Glacier Lillies, and large numbers of Balsamroot.
South Cascades — Columbia Gorge
Arrow-leaf Balsamroot carpeted the rolling hills of the Columbia Hills Preserve today. Next week the Lupin that is mostly in bud will start opening and turn the hillside into a blue and yellow show. As you traverse up to Stackers Butte and back you can enjoy an exhibit of wildflowers; red indian paintbrush, white and purple phlox, purple larkspur, yellow desert parsley and white blooming Milk-vetch, along with views that burst out in every direction. We enjoyed seeing a Golden Eagle and numerous hawks flying overhead, to the songs of the Meadowlark and Magpies below.
Eastern Washington — Yakima
 Wildflowers were in bloom. Mt Adams and Mt Rainier were visible most of the time. I guess now is the best time of the year to visit this part of Eastern Washington. It is not too cold, not too hot, wildflowers are in bloom.
Central Cascades — Stevens Pass – West
The trail had a few little wildflowers here and there (not as many as we were hoping but still lovely)
Issaquah Alps — Tiger Mountain
 There were a few wildflowers along the path.
Eastern Washington — Spokane Area
Wildflowers were blooming and birds were singing in the clear skies.

 

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 14, 2014

Anza-Borrego Wildflower Updates 4/13/14

Two more reports from  Borregohiking.com for Anza-Borrego

Bittercreek 4/13/14:The terrain in the Bittercreek area is growing back after the 2012 fire, still easy to hike.
The wide-throated yellow monkeyflowers are still there, but no longer in the hundreds.
Hike description:  http://www.borregohiking.com/hiking/2014_bittercreek_loop_2.html
Photos: https://picasaweb.google.com/eFMerTrail/BittercreekLoop2

Cool Canyon 4/11/14:  We did see more lizards on this hike that all the 5 previous months combined.
The canon is filled with dry falls, most of them are relatively easy.
Still a great variety of flowers.
Hike Description: http://borregohiking.com/hiking/2014_cool_canyon_loop.html
Photos:  https://picasaweb.google.com/eFMerTrail/CoolCanyonLoop

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 14, 2014

Great Smoky Wildflower Update 4/11/14

 Great Smoky Mountains Association has the following report for April 11

Porter Creek  -  Yellow Trillium, Common Blue Violet, Trillium Erect,Trout Lily, Squirrel Corn, Rue Anemone, Wild Phlox   and Dutchmen’s Breeches. Many Blooms:  Large Flowered Trillium, Long Spurred Violet, Frazer Sedge, White Fringed Phacelia, Wood anemone, Spring Beauty and Dwarf Ginseng. Few Blooms:  Creamy Yellow Violet,  Sweet White Violet, Common Cinquefoil, Little Brown Jugs, Wild Ginger, Star Chickweed and Hepatica. Just Starting to Bloom:  Foam Flower, Blue Cohosh, Daisy Fleabane, Wild Geranium, Solomon’s Seal, Meadow Parsnip, Bishop Caps and Yellow Mandarin. Past Peak Blooming:  Seersucker Sedge and Toothwort.

Note:  The White Fringed Phacelia is at peak.  The blooms between the long foot log bridge and Fern Falls are fantastic.  Probably a hard rain would greatly reduce the quality of the blooms on many of the plants. Now is an excellent time to view the flowers on this trail.

Follow reports at:  Wildflower Updates | Great Smoky Mountains Association.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 14, 2014

Oregon Wildflower Report 4/14/14 – updated

Oregon Wildflowers just posted new wildflower report:

Catherine Creek  Eastern Washington (4/13/14)  The camas lilies are in full bloom. Also saw plenty rosy plectritis and buckwheat (I think that is the name), a few bi-colored lilies, prairie stars, a very few shooting stars on lower trail, desert parsley, hound’s tongue and blanketflower. The grass widows are all gone, but it looks like it was a good year. Lupine look like they will bloom in about two weeks. I looked for chocolate lilies and couldn’t tell if what I saw had already bloomed or has a bit to go. Too much poison oak to get too close. Oh and the larkspur are also at their end. A couple told us they saw dutchman’s breeches but we couldn’t find them. Again, too much poison oak. Great hike, thoug

the Cove Palisades State Park  at Lake Billy Chinook (4/14/14) is slowly waking up from winter. The balsam root (Balsamorhiza) is blooming and is adding a beautiful hint of gold to the hills.

Eagle Creek 4/13/14) It’s prime wildflower time on Eagle Creek. Flowers seen: glacier lily (most I’ve ever seen on the trail), Calypso Orchid, Larkspur, Shooting Star, monkey flowers (the tiny ones), Chocolate Lily.

 

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 14, 2014

U.S. National Park Week April 19 to 27

Free Admission To U.S. National Parks during National Park Week

During National Park Week, April 19 to 27 , ALL 7 U.S.  national parks offer free admission, all week long! Many parks are also having special events in honor of National Park Week.

For more information go to:  U.S. National Park Service National Park Week.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 13, 2014

A Few Photos From My Garden Today

Sedum

Sedum

Geranium

Geranium

Douglas Iris

Douglas Iris

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