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The lupine and arrowleaf balsamroot are blooming at Rowena Plateau in the eastern Columbia River Gorge, Oregon.  I took a drive up there on Sunday right about sunset.  I love approaching it from Mosier, along the idylic stretch of quiet road that passes several houses but mostly meadows.  Oh to live here.  The wind is your constant companion, but the views!  I also saw quite a number of deer.  After at least 4 stops for pictures, I finally reached the crest, where Tom McCall Preserve is located.  This preserve protects the unique flora of the plateau.  This was after the sun went down.  I almost stepped on a snake, but I think it was a gopher snake not a rattler.  Got my attention.  I actually thought my leg was tangled around some barbed wire, but I looked back and it was tangled around a snake (or the other way around).

Posted May 23, 2011 by MJF Images in Uncategorized

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