I left Portland in the 6 o’clock hour this morning. Heading out Interstate 84 just for about 45 miles, crossing the might Columbia River over the Bridge of the Gods. Another 30 minutes East and I’m at my destination. Catherine Creek at sunrise.
It was wet, but only a light raining was falling upon arrival. We checked our bags, and donned the rain gear. Catherine Creek is a cut ravine on the Northern, Washington side of the Columbia River. The creek itself is one of many draining the lower hills, through a modest Oak Tree forest and directly into the Columbia River. The forest is young, maybe about 50 years, There are a couple older oaks, but not very many. it appeared today that many evergreen trees in the ravine might be infected with some disorder? There seemed to be a lot dying? The sides of the trails were littered with Grass Widows, little purple flowers suspiciously looking like crocuses.
Here are a collection of images I brought back with me today, the color green in most of these images is my contribution to the spirit of the day. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
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