Southern Willamette Forest Collaborative Hike to Bristow Prairie

Sarah enjoying the riot of color in the rock garden.

We were very pleased to see several Sierra Nevada blues in the wetland. As usual, they were nectaring on their favorite flower, bistort (Bistorta bistortoides).

Earlier in the year, Sarah Altemus-Pope, the coordinator of the Southern Willamette Forest Collaborative, had asked if I wanted to lead another trip in the district after taking some folks up to Moon Point last year (see Youngs Rock to Moon Point). After my earlier trip to Bristow Prairie (see Bristow Prairie Bursting into Bloom), I was anxious to get back up there again and to introduce more people to this beautiful area in the Calapooyas. So on Thursday, June 21, Sarah and two of her kids, Maya and Kris from Walama Restoration Project, and a couple of other gentlemen from the Collaborative spent a lovely day hiking along the north end of the High Divide trail. We also drove over to the main prairie to enjoy the view at the end of the day. The weather was great, the flowers were still fabulous, and we saw lots of butterflies; all in all, it was a great day. Here are some photos from our trip.

I rarely see the skinny-petaled flowers of snow bramble (Rubus nivalis), so I was excited to see this spiny groundcover in bloom in the forest.

Everyone enjoyed the view as we climbed up the rocky slope of what I call the rock garden.

Maya photographing butterflies and flowers in the small wetland. There were lots of purple elephant’s heads (Pedicularis groenlandica) in bloom. 

A puddle party of Boisduval’s and greenish blues

The gorgeous cliff paintbrush (Castilleja rupicola) blooms all the way down to the road below the cliffs.

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