Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Visiting the Columbia River Gorge
It’s time to get out-and-about for a little field trip…and guess what! We’re not visiting a nursery! Our first stop was at the Bonneville Dam and Fish Hatchery. The parking lot was full of wild Lupine…what a great foliage plant. Also in the parking lot was the best little nursery visiting vehicle ever. Isn’t it cute? That’s a regular sized soccer mom van parked next to it. Just think of the plants and friends I could fit in there! Here’s the best I could do for a Dam glamour shot. At the fish hatchery was this drastically pruned three trunked tree. And what looks like the reflection of branches of a tree in the pond are actually Sturgeon. Here’s the next generation being baked. The sign above the racks says: “6500 egss per tray x 2240 trays = almost 15 million fish” That could someday be this big… I think this one is Herman the Sturgeon; he’s an (approximately) 11 foot long, 500 pound, 70 year old sturgeon. In route to the Columbia Hills Petroglyphs (our ultimate destination) we stopped at a park to take in the view. Unfortunately when we reached the Petroglyphs the sun was in front of us and since you’re required to stay behind the fence (a good 15 or so feet away) taking decent pictures was virtually impossible. This was the only one I attempted. There was a place nearby where you could climb on the rocks next to the river, great views. And another area where you were high up above an inlet. Of course the wild flowers did not disappoint. This was my favorite ...
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