Hiking the drizzly, muddy, Marsters section of the North Umpqua Trail left Josh and I gasping every few feet. Not because the trail was particularly treacherous, but because of the glorious wildflowers that were in full bloom.
The rain gives plants, especially tree bark, a special contrast with the wet world around them, that makes them scream, “Here I am! Adore me! Cower in my magnificence!” In return we beg, “What are you! What are you! I’ve met your cousin before in Missouri!”
Here’s some of what we saw and could narrow down to genus. We didn’t key them out, so I’m not 100% confident down to species, but it’s a start.
After about a mile down the Marsters trail toward Calf Trailhead, the trail was closed due to past fire damage. We took a side route on a trail toward the Illahee Flats Trail, which is an area where Native Americans used to meet. Here’s what we saw on that trail:
The vibrant, electric green color of the moss lining the trail surrounded by the towering green pines was almost hard for my little eyes to take in. Spring is a reminder of the abundance of life. The smell of wet earth excites the soul with life around you.
We finished the day with a short hike to the Toketee Falls. Here’s some of the plants we saw there:
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