Wildflower Report for Catherine Creek

LocationCatherine Creek
ReporterVictor von Salza
Web sitehttp://www.flickr.com/photos/victorvonsalza/
CommentsWhere the trail(old road to the arch) first meets the creek in the canyon on the left side canyon wall were some Gold Stars and Larkspur. Immediately after that as the trail(old road) flattens out and begins to go up the canyon on the right side is a large pile of stone opposite that on the left side where the oaks begin saw one last stalk of Dutchman Breeches with one nice bloom and 2-3 withered flowers, but the ground there was no covered with the tiny white flowers of blooming Miners Lettuce. By the southeast corner of the color was more blooming Miners Lettuce. Along the trail that goes from the southeast corner of the corral up thru the arch, in the area under the oaks a lot of Chocolate lillies in full or past bloom, and the Chocolate lilies above the arch were also blooming. North of the arch part way down the cliff were Balsamroot in full bloom. Along the trail from above the arch back down to the road (which is drying out quickly) saw many large patches of blue Camas blooms, including one white one, many large patches of Sand Clover (Trifolium tridentatum (Jolley 319), many stalks of Meadow death-camas, a lot of Bicolor Triteleia (called Bicolor Cluster Lily Jolley 15) scattered over the slopes, among some of the blue Camas blooms were some Prairie stars, clover, and Meadow death-camas, a few yellow Parsley but most of the larger were past bloom and forming seed pods, in one of the tiny creeklets (now dry) saw a couple of clumps of Monkey Flower, a few Bitterroot along the trail (more were down among the rocks where the trail meets the road), some Larkspur, and a few remaining clumps and single stalks of Shooting Stars. There were at least a half dozen other flowers that I was not able to identify. I will post some photos this week in my flickr photostream. Coming from the West on the way to CC along Old Highway No.8 as you leave Rowland Lake and head up on the to bluff, there are many Balsamroot and Lupines blooming, and some yellow Parsley too.

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