Monday, August 17, 2015

Mt Hood in August, Timberline Lodge to Paradise Park Video

On Sunday I took another look at the alpine area above Timberline Lodge on Mt Hood.  This years drought has had a big impact on the area. Most plants are dying out and dieing back. 

So I took a hike around the mountain on the Pacific Crest Trail to Paradise Park.  There I found Gentian growing along the streams as well as Mimulus lewisii.  Both are included in the video below.

I did find some Nothochelone nemorosa but didn't take any photos or video.  The plant was growing in the Zigzag Canyon along the side of the trail in wooded areas.

This video mostly shows views along the 12 mile trail.  The deer was almost tame and seemed annoyed by my presence.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Eagle Cap Wilderness 2015 video

Here's a link to a video I made of my backpacking trip into the Eagle Cap Wilderness.  It was a tough hike.  I spent 9 nights hiking, taking photos and videos.  I climbed two 9,000 ft mountains and hiked over a 9,000 ft pass.  Swam in lakes.  Saw snow!  Froze my fingers.  Filtered my water from streams.  Ate crappy dehydrated food.  And enjoyed the fantastic views!

Friday, August 7, 2015

Eagle Cap Mountain

Here are some more photos from the Eagle Cap Wilderness.  These are plants that I found growing on Eagle Cap Mountain at 9,838 ft.

The first picture is of Eagle Cap Mountain and Mirror Lake.  This was taken from my campsite.

This next photo is of Eagle Cap Mountain(center) taken from the Matterhorn.  The mountain to the left is Glacier Peak.

And here are some Eriogonum photos.

And I have not idea what these next plants are.....

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Douglasia in the Eagle Cap Wilderness

Nearby the Eritrichium I found this Douglasia.  I'm not sure what variety it is.  If I can find out I will alter this post to provide the information.

Eritrichium nanum in the Eagle Cap Wilderness

I just got back from a backpacking vacation in the Eagle Cap Wilderness.  One plant that I was excited to find was Eritrichium nanum, happily growing on the summit of Matterhorn Mountain (elevation 9826ft).  Here are some photographs.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Mt Hood in early July

I took another trip up to Mt Hood again over the weekend, visiting the area just above Timberline Lodge.  There were lots of Eriogonum and Lupine.  The Penstemon davidsonii had finished for the year and was going to seed.  It was windy, cloudy and cold.  These are the best photos.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Mt Hood timberline in June Part 3

Here are the last of my photographs from last weekend.

Calochortus subalpinus flowering in the meadows.

Dodecatheon jeffreyi growing in Zigzag canyon.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Mt Hood timberline in June Part 2

Here are some more photos of my recent hike to Paradise Park from Timberline Lodge.

Erythronium montanum

Anemone occidentalis

Monday, June 15, 2015

Mt Hood timberline in june

This past weekend I hiked from Timberline Lodge to Paradise Park.  It's still early in the season for wildflowers at Timberline Lodge which has an elevation of 5,960 ft.  The main attraction here for me here is Penstemon Davidsonii.  But I found many choice wildflowers in bloom.  Check back later in the week for more photographs.

Penstemon Davidsonii

Xerophyllum tenax