I had to use my favorite wildflower identification site to ID this flower. I was pretty sure it was a wild rose of some sort, from the leaves, but was not sure of the actual name. There is a ton of this flower around our area. So much so it is kind of a weed. But a pretty one!!!
One last view taken on our trip to The Dalles this past weekend. This is a deep ravine in the foreground. I dont know how deep it went. I was stuck behind a farmers fence. Beyond, you can see the Columbia River Gorge, the farm scattered foothills of Washington to the north of that, and the tip of Mt Adams poking up.
I also wanted to post the below picture because it was such a beautiful day, and the only clouds in the sky were right above us!
As I mentioned in yesterdays post, I took a trip east about 55 miles to the town of The Dalles, OR. The scenery is so much more dry there, but the gorge is just as beautiful. It is amazing how different it looks from what I am used to here. since it is such a short drive away.
Whenever we go anywhere, I always ask my son, "Do you want to go on an adventure?" At his age, everything is an adventure, even going to the mailbox. But this past weekend we went on his longest adventure yet, a drive east up the Columbia River Gorge to The Dalles to visit friends. The views out there are so very different from the lush green ones we enjoy here. The Dalles is just coming into the more desert-like areas of Oregon. They still have pine trees, but also are very dry already. Their days are hotter and nights colder than we have in the Portland Metro area.
This view was taken on a winding road above The Dalles. I had to stop and photograph the old barn! I will post a few more photos from our adventure later this week.
I had to do a bit of research to actually believe that this yellow beetle was a ladybug, but it is. Apparently they do not only come in the standard red with black dots. There are yellow ones, like this, and they can also be found in orange, brown, grey or even black.