This one is considered to be the “Crown Jewel” of the Oregon State Parks (& Campgrounds). It truly was lovely. It’s situated in the Cascades East of Salem.
Our lovely campsite and the showers were the best I’ve encountered at a campground yet. We arranged to spend just a single night because the following day was the beginning of the opening of summer season. I bet it was filled to capacity the next day. The crowds were already starting to pour in the next morning as we headed out.
I took a few pictures while we settled in for the evening. The ubiquitous ferns.
A hairy log…
Interesting growth on a tree.
Pacific Bleeding Hearts (Dicentra formosa)
A Salmonberry in waiting (Rubus spectabilis)
A young Maple
We decided we didn’t have time for the hike that would have taken us to the ten falls this park is famous for, but there was an interesting nature hike we followed. Someday I expect to do the Falls Hike… perhaps a 4th time will be lucky?
Starry False Solomon’s Seal (Maianthemum stellatum)
Unidentified (too many similar ones to decide) pink flowers peeking through the foliage.
A crooked little tree… but no crooked little man.
Looking up at the tall giants tends to create a stiff neck…
A real beauty -a Common Camas (Camassia quamash)
Cute little violets (oddly enough there seems to be a yellow violet which I always assumed had to be purple). The purple one is Viola adunca… a rare species that an endangered butterfly relies upon.
Last, but not least… the wild Rhododendrons. My guess is that the variation in color seems to be a result of the amount of sun each plant gets. Or perhaps a difference in lighting when the photograph is taken.
For age is opportunity no less
Than youth itself, though in another dress,
And as the evening twilight fades away
The sky is filled with stars, invisible by day.
― Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,