Catherine Creek - Coyote Wall: 4/15

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Catherine Creek - Coyote Wall: 4/15

Post by awildman » April 16th, 2014, 9:17 pm

Tax Day relief.

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balsamroot on upper Coyote Wall

We did a 14-mile loop around Catherine Creek and Coyote Wall, looking for the best stuff. We found the best balsamroot on the upper flanks of Coyote Wall (you have to go above the fence line, up closer to the powerlines) and tucked into sunny west-facing aspects in the Labyrinth. We found the best lupine above the Indian Pits. The best - and most prolific - Camas and Death Camas was on the Catherine Creek syncline, pooling in the drainages and seeps. The Desert Parsley is everywhere. Monkeyflower comes and goes in the wet areas, and the Chocolate Lilies are thick in places, particularly in the sunny dells below the Atwood Road. The Shooting Stars are on their way out. The Saskatoon Serviceberry is a white flower riot. A single Trillium and Calypso Orchid found a home in the Douglas Fir forest on the west side of Catherine Creek. Lots of other little flower delights are hitting their stride right now.

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balsamroot on the east side of Catherine Creek

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balsamroot on Coyote Wall (Little Moab)

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Tracy Hill

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lupine and a Pondo

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Camas

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thicket of Camas

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Mt. Hood, ish

Standard tick and poison oak precautions apply. At least the poison oak is leafing out now, so you can see how much you're actually wading through, instead of guessing. :)
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Re: Catherine Creek - Coyote Wall: 4/15

Post by adamschneider » April 16th, 2014, 10:33 pm

Damn, I forget about camas, but I just love it. Is it running riot right now?

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Re: Catherine Creek - Coyote Wall: 4/15

Post by woodswalker » April 17th, 2014, 8:44 am

Beautiful pictures! Thanks for the bloom update.
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Re: Catherine Creek - Coyote Wall: 4/15

Post by awildman » April 17th, 2014, 8:50 am

adamschneider wrote:Damn, I forget about camas, but I just love it. Is it running riot right now?
There is a lot of it in dense pockets all over Catherine Creek.
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Re: Catherine Creek - Coyote Wall: 4/15

Post by drm » April 17th, 2014, 10:32 am

Good thing it wasn't too muddy. Methinks you spent a fair amount of time on your belly on this trip. :lol:

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Re: Catherine Creek - Coyote Wall: 4/15

Post by vibramhead » April 17th, 2014, 2:34 pm

Dazzling flower shots. Thanks!
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Re: Catherine Creek - Coyote Wall: 4/15

Post by Sean Thomas » April 17th, 2014, 3:49 pm

Thanks for all the id's and heads up on the flower situation, AW! I learned a few new ones from your tr, which is always appreciated :)

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