|Wildflower gardens abound on the slopes|
of Mt. Hood. Here we have purple-blue
lupines, asters and other flowers.
mountain is a slightly downsized version of Mt. Rainier to the north. At 11,250 feet, it is a little more than 3000 feet shorter than Rainier, though the wildflowers are all well below either of these snow-capped peaks. The particular area accessed by road near the Meadows Ski Area seems to be drier and warmer than Paradise on Mt. Rainier, and in fact, at 4500- 5000 feet, a bit lower than Paradise. Wildflowers were abundant and diverse however in the many open meadows.
Mimulus lewisii, the pink monkey flower,
is common along streams.
|The Indian Paintbrush, Castilleja angustifolia is also common.|
|Calochortus subalpinus is common in meadows.|
|Another monkeyflower, Mimulus guttatus,|
is also found along streams.
|Lotus corniculatus is a common member of the legume family, Fabaceae.|
The second phase of the excursion was along the Pacific Coast, where the coastal bluffs and forests have their own set of wildflowers. The highlight of the coast was a visit to the small Darlingtonia State Natural Site, dedicated to the preservation of the "Cobra Lily," actually a carnivorous pitcher plant, Darlingtonia californica. Having already sought out the carnivorous plants of Florida, I was eager to see this one in person.
|Phlox diffusa (Polemoniaceae)|
A boardwalk leads past a population of the unusual pitcher plant, Darlingtonia californica,
|The carnivorous leaf traps of |
Darlingtonia are covered by a snake-
|Goldenrod, Solidago canadensis, is|
common along the coast.
|Hypericum perforatum (Hypericaceae)|
|Oenothera biennis (Onagraceae) is an|
attractive Evening Primrose found along
|Myosotis scorpioides, in the Boraginaceae,|
is common in the coastal forest.
|A grove of white birch trees provides a |
contrasting color pattern in a forest
near Saddle Mountain.
|Wild blueberries are to be found throughout the woods of|
|A colony of Sedum oregonum hangs|
from the rocks on a road cut.
|The red huckleberry, Vaccinium |
parvifolium, provides a tasty treat to birds
and other wildlife.
|Anaphalis margaritacea (Asteraceae)|
|Fuchsias are native to the cool mountain|
forests of Central and South America,
but adapt readily to the cool, damp
climate of the Oregon coastline.
|A thallose liverwort is almost unnoticed on the ground.|