11 May 2010

Woods Gulch Hike

Saturday was a lovely day for a hike.  Cloudy but warm, with bits of sunshine peeking through at intervals.  We hiked up Woods Gulch, and were rewarded with some lovely wildflowers, budding larches, and good views!

There were hundreds of trillium (Trillium ovatum) along the trail, especially along the creek:

The yellow glacier lilies (Erythronium grandiflorum) were also out in full force:

The narrow-leaved desert parsley, also known as nineleaf biscuitroot (Lomatium triternatum), was blooming:
We also saw a few shy little fairy bells (Disporum trachycarpum) peeping out from the forest floor:

As well as hundreds of tiny blue-eyed Marys (Collinsia parviflora) basking in the sunshine:

There were a few aptly-named spring beauties (Claytonia lanceolata) scattered about:

And the Oregon grape (Mahonia repens) was just starting to bloom:

There were even a few shooting stars (Dodecatheon sp.)  still blooming!

And it's that time of year to enjoy the fresh bright green of the larches:

Spring has definitely sprung!  Where are you going on these sunny/cloudy/windy/warm/rainy May days?  What are you finding?  Please share!

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