Silver Falls

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.

Silver_Falls-02889Our 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.

Silver_Falls-02893I took a few pictures while we settled in for the evening. The ubiquitous ferns.

Silver_Falls-02902A hairy log…

Silver_Falls-02905Interesting growth on a tree.

Silver_Falls-02906Pacific Bleeding Hearts (Dicentra formosa)

A Salmonberry in waiting (Rubus spectabilis)

Silver_Falls-02914A young Maple

Silver_Falls-02915We 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)

Silver_Falls-02924Unidentified (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…

Common Camas, Camassia Leichtlinii
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.


Silver_Falls-02949Last, 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 LongfellowThe Complete Poems of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


24 thoughts on “Silver Falls

    • In my opinion, Oregon is about as vividly green as it gets. You’ve turned off likes and comments at your posts, so just wanted to say that I truly love all of your evocative posts. They certainly bring back some wonderful memories of growing up in New England… real or otherwise! 🙂


  1. Ah, such beauty! Smart of you to get out of Dodge before the crowds. The Starry False Solomon’s Seal photos are stunning, I love them (actually one photo?). I also like the path shot, with the leaning tree, so pretty, and the crooked little tree image is beautiful through the leaves like that!
    I think the pink flowers are some kind of geranium, peeking through Galium foliage. That’s Bedstraw and it’s often all over the place. If you have any around your house, try stroking the stem upwards with your fingers – it has downward facing tiny teeth, very cool. i think that helps it clamber because it’s very weak-stemmed.
    I’ve never seen a Camas look as pretty as in your photograph that is simply perfection. The blue is to die for, and it looks so gorgeous against that intense spring green, doesn’t it? 🙂
    That blue violet is a beauty, too, and how nice to see it – I’m pretty sure I’ve never seen it anywhere. Yellow violets, on the other hand, are very common up here – sounds like a contradiction, right? 😉
    I think there IS a lot of variation in Rhodie color, and I have no idea why, but the amount of sun sounds like a good guess. I love them when they’re pale, like the first one. Mmmmm….
    What a nice Longfellow quote!


    • Silver Falls Park is a lovely spot. I think you would enjoy it if you manage to include it on your way south again. The nature trail (featured here) was delightful, but the falls trail is supposed to be pretty spectacular. Thanks for confirming my ‘guess’ re: the Solomon’s Seal (no it was two separate shots, but I was standing in the same spot and zoomed in!) 😀 I will add an exploration of Bedstraw to my list of stuff to check out. There seems to be no end to all the things to learn about. That Camas simply took my breath away. It was so gorgeous. I couldn’t wait to get home and work on identifying it. That blue violet is the same one I tried to transplant here from the previous house, but it didn’t take. I’ve actually considered sneaking in and nabbing another specimen but the buyers had a yappy dog! O_o Longfellow did seem to have some good things to say! 😀


    • We hope to do it again, but likely will wait until the summer season is over (beginning of September.) It’s more fun to enjoy nature trails when there’s less commotion about.


  2. Lots of beautiful plants to enjoy, aren’t there? My son’s best friend is moving to the Portland area at the end of the month. I’m hoping Jim will be heading out in September, if northern Wisconsin doesn’t win 🙂


    • This pretty much ended our trips northward until after Labor Day. Generally speaking, unless there’s some urgent need, we avoid cities whenever possible. There’s so much interesting stuff right here in our ‘backyard’- so to speak, that we’re pretty content to enjoy the wilderness close to home. FWIW, I did consider stopping by, but it just didn’t work out.


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