Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 27, 2018

Columbia River Gorge Wildflowers 4/26/18

Wanders and Wonders blog reports

Now is the time to head to the Columbia River Gorge for wildflower photos. I stopped for a check at the Nature Conservancy’s Tom McCall Preserve at Rowena Plateau today and the balsamroot is spectacular. Right at peak bloom, I’d say. There are some nice clumps of lupine as well, but that lovely species will come on even stronger in the next week or two.

This area of the Gorge between Hood River and The Dalles was not affected by the devastating wildfires last summer, and it is one of the top locations in the Pacific Northwest for photographing wildflowers.

Reports on Dog Mountain on the Washington side of the Gorge indicate that the balsamroot is looking good there also, although the best is yet to come for the blankets of color near the top of the trail that this location is known for.

Dallas Mountain Road at Columbia Hills State Park, also on the Washington side of the Gorge, should also be looking very good now and for the next couple of weeks.

Check the weather forecast for The Dalles, Oregon, and look for an early morning or late afternoon with calm breezes. I’m a fan of the Storm weather app from Weather Underground.

The photo above is a quick iPhone snap from a spot I scouted this afternoon and plan to return to for a sunrise view.

For more ideas on where to photograph wildflowers in the Pacific Northwest, see my books Photographing Oregon and Photographing Washington.

See photo at Columbia River Gorge Wildflowers


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


%d bloggers like this: