Eddy Peak in the Cherry Peak Roadless Area photographed from the Munson Creek trail head.
One of my favorite days of Spring usually comes on April 18th and for years on that day I have hiked two miles up the Munson Creek trail to an area where there is a large area of Trilliums in bloom. This year it has been cool and rainy with few sunny days and I suspected that the trilliums would be late so today I checked at the footbridge near the trail head where they bloom earlier and found they are just beginning. My hike will be put off another week or so because my favorite area is two thousand feet higher in elevation.
Pacific Trillium, (trillium ovatum)
Several other wildflowers have begun to appear now too:
As the weather here has warmed a bit more toward a more normal April, more species of wildflowers have begun to appear. Here are a few more species making their appearance, including one that I have not before noticed or identified; another member of the Saxifrage family (sure wish these were larger).
Oregon grape ~ Berberis aquifolium
Redstem Stork’s bill, Common Stork’s Bill ~ Erodium cicutarium
While reviewing some photos taken during 2013, I was reminded of the diversity that we encounter here during the month of April. Following are a few photos taken in April, 2013:
April 1, Thompson Pass ~ I hiked a mile and a half on snowshoes over six feet of snow to find a trail head but was unable to find it because all of the signs and markings were below the snow level.
April 5, our first Crocus was in bloom in one of the flower beds.
April 11, Western White Trillium, Trillium Ovatum in bloom at the bottom end of Munson Creek.
April 13, Darkthroat Shootingstar, Dodecatheon pulchellum blooming just above the river.
April 18, Western White Trillium, Trillium Ovatum in bloom 2 miles up the Munson Creek trail. This was the fourth consecutive year that I caught the spectacular bloom of the trilliums in that one small area along the trail.
April 21, A sudden spring snow brought a relapse back to winter.
April 22, Most of the previous day’s snow had already melted down by the river.
April 22, Holboell’s rockcress, Boechera pendulocarpa was in bloom on a warm rock face just above the river.
There isn’t a white balance setting on my camera for “snow flurries”, but if this little plant can bloom in a driving snow, I am willing to be there to photograph it. Seems the least I can do. And besides, spring-time snowflakes feel oh, so good going down the back of my neck.
The genus name for this flower comes from the Greek dodeka (twelve) and theos (god) and means ‘the plant protected by twelve gods’. I like the thought.