Washington Wildflowers – Catherine’s Creek


Catherine’s Creek is another glorious location in the Columbia Gorge that is bursting with  Washington Wildflowers. They boast over 90 species of wildflowers! The access is easy and the wildflower photography is amazing. There are sort of 2 unofficial parts to this location an upper or the north side and then the lower. The lower side has a winding paved trail that covers about a quarter of a mile making this one of the easiest places ever to see the spring wildflowers with ease. It’s just across the river from the Rowena Plateau and you can see the cars sparkling in their parking lot. This is also a famous location for seeing the bloom and so it can get quite busy during the peak of the flower season. Despite a good amount of roadside parking, it will fill up. Even though there were quite a lot of people it was not as hectic as Eagle Creek. The people here are really here for the wildflowers and the trails are wide and it’s no problem to pull over and setup your tripod to get in some serious wildflower photography.

Lower Catherine’s Creek Wildflowers

This is the aptly named death camas. It’s more poisonous than strychnine!
Meadow Death-camas,Zigadenus venenosu photographed at Catherine's Creek by Jeff Wendorffs

Meadow Death-camas, Zigadenus venenosus

Naked Broomrape, Orobanche uniflora photographed at Catherine's Creek by Jeff Wendorff

Naked Broomrape, Orobanche uniflora

Smooth Prairie Star, Lithophragma glabrum photographed at Catherine's Creek by Jeff Wendorff

Smooth Prairie Star, Lithophragma glabrum

Miner's lettuce, Claytonia perfoliata photographed at Catherine's Creek by Jeff Wendorff

Miner’s lettuce, Claytonia perfoliata

Poet's Shooting Star, Dodecatheon poeticum photographed at Catherine's Creek by Jeff Wendorff

Poet’s Shooting Star, Dodecatheon poeticum

Clayton's Saxifrage, Saxifraga nidifica photographed at Catherine's Creek by Jeff Wendorff

Clayton’s Saxifrage, Saxifraga nidifica

Common Camas, Camassia quamash. Also called, Small Camas photographed at Catherine's Creek by Jeff Wendorff

Common Camas, Camassia quamash. Small Camas

About Catherine’s Creek

Oregon Wildflower Portfolio

I suppose I should actually make a Columbia Gorge gallery on my website, but in the mean time the photos from Catherine’s Creek are living in my Oregon Wildflower portfolio. You can see the rest of the images from Catherine’s Creek in my gallery. You can order prints or if you’d like to license the images for your personal needs, we can do that too! The Oregon Wildflower Gallery is…HERE.

Nature Photography Workshops

I’m working on my 2016 schedule and Oregon Wildflowers will assuredly be on the workshop schedule next year. You can check out my current Wildlife, Nature and Creative Photography Workshops…HERE.

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