Wildflowers and Local Trails

Early Spring inspiration walks in Columbia County, near my home, off Highway 30, north of Portland.

On this rocky bluff above St Helens, OR, there is a vernal spring where native wetland and prairie wildflowers bloom in the seeps and fields, in very thin soil.  They survive their tiny root zones on top of otherwise solid basalt, by going dormant in summer.  Early- to mid-spring is the best time to view the burst of flowers there.

This bluff and informal trail has no name, but my family and I call it the Camassia Bluff, due to the fields of Camas Lily (Camassia quamash) that bloom there.

The trail winds along the upper bluff.  It is a road, but I have never seen vehicles on it.  The soils are so thin over the basalt ground that it takes very little to create vehicle tracks here, destroying the field plants.  Native Oregon white oak prairie wildflowers such as these are now rare in the Willamette Valley.  I hope never to see a vehicle here.   

Thanks for "walking" with me!  This is my first blog post, and I am a newbie, so I will end here...before I get into too much trouble.  
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