June 13, 2011

I am always shocked
at how much the landscape changes
when we cross through the Pass
and visit the other side of the mountains.

That's how I always think of it:
"the other side of the mountains."

One of my goals recently
is to learn (and remember)
more of the names
of the plants and flowers
that I come across.

I was pleased to be informed
that the yellow, sunflower-like blossom
that grows all over the hillsides there
is a type of Balsamroot.


  1. i have always had this as one of my goals. one of my closest friends is an environmental engineer and very much an environmentalist and quite the master gardener, i envy her knowledge of all growing things and even the names of birds. she even seems to know them by their voice. i would like to learn that as well.

    these photos are stunning.

  2. oh these pictures remind me of home. so beautiful. i love love love the mountains.

  3. Gorgeous photos!
    And I can relate to the changing landscape, rolling hills and mountains always make for interesting and breat-taking views.

  4. Oooh. Is it the other side of the Cascades? I've been hiking a lot and trying to look up the names of plants in my Audobon Guide.

    I love the purples and yellows in these photos.

  5. the eastern side of the cascades? we make an annual trip to that area each september- so beautiful and different from the rain coast. i also find i am working hard on identifying plants and birds in my region, and getting better at it slowly.

  6. That's one of my goals, too. :)

  7. It really is crazy! And no one ever believes me when I tell them about the Grand Coulee or Dry Falls. Such a schizophrenic state.

  8. Love the calmness in these pictures!

  9. these are beautiful, and the landscape is very similar to where I live……close to the Pyrenees in France

  10. Living among the distractions of the city, it's easy to lose sight of the fact that the world is this gorgeous. Thank you for these photos.

  11. Isn't it fantastic to stumble by a plant and know what species they are? I always feel a bit more connected that way.

    Quite quite beautiful shots.

  12. Thanks for the sweet comments--I am glad you guys enjoy the beauty of the Pacific Northwest as much as I do.

    For those who asked, yes, "the other side of the mountains" does refer to the Eastern side of the Cascades. These were taken near Chelan.