Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Great hike today up and around the Tam-a-lau trail at Cove Palisades State Park. Cool weather made the 7-mile loop hike enjoyable, though the spring warmth is appreciated.

Arrowhead balsamroot, basalt milkvetch, lupines, wild onions, cluster lilies, Indian paintbrush, bitterbrush, death camas, fleabane daisy, Townsendia, big-headed clover, and some dwarf phlox were in bloom along the trail. Overhead there were bald eagles, turkey vultures, osprey, red-tailed hawk, prairie falcon, American kestrel, violet-green swallows, and white-throated swifts cutting through the air.


Tomorrow it is off to the Metolius...