Better color, but window reflections! Oh well. I wonder how many people would ID this as Oregon? It's not all tall trees, ferns and moss here. This one was taken about an hour and 20 minutes east of Portland.
Fast forward to our leaving Spokane a few days later, now we're heading south on the Palouse Highway in the rolling hills of SE Washington.
That's not a shadow line, but rather changing crops.
Wind turbines are ubiquitous in these parts.
We spent time exploring around Walla Walla, Washington. Andrew wanted to fish on our way home and since my dad always enjoyed a drive in the countryside it seemed like a fitting way to make our trip back home. Wild roses like these grew all along the roadside where I grew up.
Lonicera ciliosa, I believe. It's native to forests of western North America.
I don't know what this little white-flowered cutie is though.
And this—super strange!
The top side of the leaves look like this...
And the undersides have this fuzzy business on them. Some sort of parasite?
There was water, of course.
Andrew found a deer bone, a foreleg we're thinking.
We saw a lot of verbascum, my favorite "weed of the west"...
Here they're hanging out stream-side, we were a couple weeks too early to catch them in bloom.
In Walla Walla proper we visited Green Valley Gardens, it was a nice nursery—complete with kniphofia mysteries!
I bought a blooming cactus ("growers choice"... in other words, no ID), which kept me company for the rest of our travels.
Water bottle holder? No! Plant holder...
Country roads of SE Washington...
And into the Columbia River Gorge again...
Beautiful country, with or without a cactus friend.
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