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Summer Wildflowers: Mt. Jefferson Wilderness
August 3, 2008
We went for a week to Central Oregon at the end of July 2008. One of the glories is to hike in this beautiful area. We did the Jack Creek trail, and also part of the Pacific Crest Trail towards Summit Lake. Neither trail extended its full length due to the unseasonably late snowpack this year.

Both trails featured extensive burned areas with creaking snags & somewhat dangerous conditions during winds. In fact, the kids who were hiking ahead of us experienced a tree fall near the trail.

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Bear grass with foamy white heads made a startling contrast to the dead gray and black of the burned-over forest.

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That was the good aspect of the burning - the wildflowers were incredibly abundant. I was constantly being left behind on the trail because of the urge to take just one more photo.

Wild bleeding heart:

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Cool hairy lily which I am not sure of name:

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You can clearly see the relationship here between these wild lilies and our cultivated longiflorum lilies:

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wild asters:

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As we got closer to the snow line and the Jack Creek itself we moved back in time - away from midsummer and towards the earliest spring. The lilies here were just breaking through because a couple of weeks earlier this area had been covered with snow...

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Finally reached our destination the Jack Creek, with Three Finger Jack in the background. A beautiful spot, but lots of mosquitoes. Luckily there was a breeze which kept them blown around and away from us...

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Our second hike started at the Pacific Crest trailhead off the highway between Salem and Bend...

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More dead trees, but plenty of wildflowers...especially lots and lots of lupine.

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I saw flowers I could not identify, but were awesomely beautiful...

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Jim and I kept stopping to smell the spicy smell of the wild phlox...

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This penstemon was hit by the sun in a perfect angle to cause the tiny hairs on the buds to sparkle, very beautiful...

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I took a break to enjoy the beauty - I didn't know the name of the red flowers - the bud shaped like a fuschia or maybe a salvia. There were also red and yellow columbines, plus a few paintbrushes in red.

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Blue butterflies added to the colorful scene.

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Finally we reached the snow bank that blocked our progress to Summit Lake, and so the kids had a snowball fight and practiced sliding...

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Meanwhile to remind us of our insignificance, the brooding cinder cone Black Butte loomed in the distance.

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