Last Thursday we closed the office for a couple of hours and staff headed out to our newly protected Spring Creek conservation project. This project had been in the works for several years, however some of us had not seen it. As we headed out of Sisters towards Camp Sherman the ladies in the car with me began identifying wildflowers along the roadside. What…where?? It just looked like green vegetation to me with an occasional tiny spot of color. I can spot the big showy stuff like lupine, balsamroot, and bear grass—but that is about it.
It was a beautiful day at Spring Creek—warm and sunny with a beautiful blue sky, puffy white clouds and a light breeze that made the meadow grasses ripple. The wildflowers were fantastic—large bouquets of yellow, blue, and white that demanded our attention. Tiny little flowers also appeared at our feet as we walked through the meadow. The pristine water of the creek flowing toward the Metolius River looked most inviting as it shimmered in the sunlight. I am truly grateful the landowners have chosen to conserve it.
As we are heading back to the highway Sarah spots a Cascade Lily blooming just off the road. What…where? And another one—I still don’t see it. When she sees more she pulls to the side of the road and we get out of the car to take a closer look. Finally I see it and several more. So pretty! And it smelled wonderful too. As we get back in the car Sarah laments that as a working mom she does most of her wildflower spotting from her car these days.
On Sunday as I was driving home from Portland and heading up Santiam Pass the daisies and other spots of color along the roadside caught my eye and reminded me of the Cascade Lily and spotting wildflowers from the car. As I continued up and over the mountain I searched out of the corner of my eye for a glimpse of the lily and just before I reached the turn off to Suttle Lake—there it was in full bloom. Whoo Hoo! Now I’m hooked…what more is out there? I must get out on a Land Trust wildflower walk with Paul or Jane or Carol to learn more!