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    hmm no frozen rivers here. Frozen lake and glaciers on the Big Island. Wish we had things that compared. Nice. any sphagnum near the stream?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kulamauiman View Post
    hmm no frozen rivers here. Frozen lake and glaciers on the Big Island. Wish we had things that compared. Nice. any sphagnum near the stream?
    I'm always impressed to hear of the mountains of Hawaii but I had no idea of glaciers. Glaciers rock. They really do. I wouldn't be surprised if there is some sphagnum among the clinging greenery. We certainly do have forest varieties. The moss species here are a bit bewildering in their numbers.
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    Hey mark, any suggestions on a website or book to help distinguish the varieties of moss in the pnw? While I'm hiking, I spend the majority of my time looking at the moss. Just wish I knew the names of what I was looking at.

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    I like this one, Jawn - http://www.amazon.com/Plants-Pacific...orthwest+coast It's got a decent section on mosses, though it's a overall plant field guide.
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    Sorry for the delay, Mark. Thanks for the link, I'm going to order myself a copy today

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    A Dog Mountain Afternoon.

    Yesterday I took a hike on the Dog Mountain/Augsperger trails on the Washington side of the Columbia River Gorge. Dog Mountain is generally considered to be the finest flower destination in the Gorge and while the blooms weren't at their spring peak the scenery was more than worth my efforts. On the way down I met Jawn who was on his way up with out of town friends. It was a lovely day and we both had the same idea - ha! 'Hope you enjoy.


    The view west from just below the Dog Mountain summit looking over the top of Wind Mountain and down the Columbia River.





    The ubiquitous arrow-leaf balsamroot (Balsamorhiza sagitatta)



    Phlox diffusa, spreading phlox.





    Probably Castilleja miniata, the common red paintbrush.



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    No CPs? Just kidding, it looks like an incredible place, judging from the view in your first picture. The soil looks pretty dry, though. It almost looks like there is a fjord in the first picture.

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    That's great, Mark. You saw Scott there the same day? That's a pretty wild coincidence!

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