Monthly Archives: March 2012

The Goat Wall

Fog climbs the Goat Wall, Methow Valley.

Purple sage

Purple sage (Salvia dorrii) is one of my favorite native shrubs. With pungent evergreen leaves and columns of purple flowers that bloom in mid-summer, purple sage is a wildlife magnet. You can find it through central and eastern Washington, including the Odessa – Lake Creek trail near Odessa and the South Hill bluffs in Spokane.

Golden currant

Golden currant (Ribes aureum) is one of the first Inland Northwest native shrubs to leaf out in the spring. a few weeks, golden trumpet-shaped flowers will follow.

Methow mule deer

Methow Valley mule deer. Mule deer may not be as exciting to catch on camera as, say, a grizzly bear, but they’re much more cooperative photo subjects!

South Ridge – 4

Morning sun illuminates bunchgrass on South Ridge’s steep slopes.

South Ridge – 3

Morning sun shining on yarrow, South Ridge.

South Ridge – 2

Another from South Ridge. I love the bunchgrass / bitterbrush (Purshia tridentata) understory here.