Monthly Archives: April 2012

Balsamroots blooming on the bluff

Arrowleaf balsamroot (Balsamorhiza sagittata), certainly the most well-recognized of Inland Northwest native wildflowers, is blooming in Spokane. I always take this as the official sign that spring has arrived.

Cottonwood Creek Canyon – another view

Here’s another shot from Cottonwood Creek Canyon, in the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest of northeast Oregon, that I meant to share last week. The portrait orientation of the first shot I put up is a little more bold; this one feels more calm, although I like the dramatic sweep of the bunchgrass.

Prairie pasqueflower

Prairie pasqueflower (Anemone patens). This is related to the western pasqueflower which one might see in the mountains of, say, the Cascades. “Pasque” is the Old French for Easter, and refers to the plant’s habit of flowering around Easter–or sometimes much later!

Cushion phlox

I know at least one fan out there who can’t get enough of the local wildflower shots. Here’s cushion phlox (Phlox hoodii).

Golden currant

Golden currant (Ribes aureum) is currently blooming in eastern Washington. These are one of the most wildlife-friendly shrubs in the region; as you can imagine from the flower close-up, hummingbirds love them!

Western spring beauty

Western spring beauty (Claytonia lanceolata), Antoine Peak Conservation Area, Spokane County.

Happy Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day! I encourage you to check out the Pew Environment Group for a photo tour of some of the amazing public lands we have in the U.S. I contributed nine photos of some of my favorite spots in the Inland Northwest to the slideshow. Hope you enjoy!