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Archive for May, 2010

It’s been a very wet spring in Southern Oregon.  And although the snow is keeping me in the lower reaches, I’m enjoying the lush green meadows and exceptional wildflowers this year.

This hike was no exception.  An old road running along the Illinois River provides access to long abandoned mining sites, wildflower filled meadows and the river itself.  The stark contrast between the rocky landscape and the amount of water & soft vegetation is lovely.

In the distance the gray patches of trees are the result of the 2002 Biscuit fire.  It burned most of the Kalmiopsis Wilderness. 

I continue to enjoy the post-fire wilderness, but most people stay away now.  That’s okay.  The Big K is becoming a true wilderness.

The small spots of color splattered through out the green sward were worthy of closer inspection.

With the river flowing greenly along, time slowed down and we all relaxed.

A small frog shared the sun with us.

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