To say that the spontaneous retreat refreshed me is an understatement.
It recharged me and then some!
That evening I watched the sunset knowing I would be returning to the refuge of the Columbia River basin in just a few more days.
Here I am now, at the end of that trip. I'm writing this entry just before I return home to Portland.
The gas fireplace is lit after a long rainstorm and I can see nothing but green as I look out toward the river.
The blog has been here before, but I do love to post new posts from here.
(Oh, and please forgive the plastic flowers. Mom has not yet been here to plant the annual marigolds.)
|Lady Fern, Athyrium filix-femina.|
|A river runs behind the house.|
|Piggyback Plant, (Tolmiea mensiesii).|
Deep in my heart of hearts I aimed at trying to find the uncommon (or hard-to-find) terrestrial orchid Goodyera oblongifolia. No dice.
|Deer Fern, (Blechnum spicant).|
Even so, I've decided that in the future I'll continue to seek them out in the area. Something tells me that it'll be fun to tell people I'm orchid hunting.
For the most part I just saw a lot of the usual while being cawed at by crows who didn't recognize me. Nature can be so unpleasant sometimes.
|Big Leaf Maple canopy, (Acer macrophyllum).|
Sure there are neighbors around here, but I definitely didn't see any of them.
|Salmonberry, (Rubus spectabilis).|
|Too bad the skunk cabbage (Lysichiton americanus) wasn't in bloom. There is honestly nothing quite like the smell of it in springtime.|
At least the local herd of elk didn't come through and run me over.
(They travel through our property on a regular basis and when we used to camp here before the house was built they would come through while we were sleeping. It was terrifying to hear the thud of their hooves upon the ground and the branches crashing as they thundered down the hill above, through the canyon, and onward toward the river. Splashing salmon spawning nearby was a whole other experience as well. There is nothing quite like having wildlife just outside your door.)
|Sword ferns (Polystichum munitum) and White Inside-out Flowers (Vancouveria hexandra).|
|Cow Parsnip, (Heracleum maximum).|
|Oxalis oregana growing through the thick carpet of moss.|
Time to finish packing.
I wonder what happened in my garden while I was gone.
To be continued...