Avalanche lily

Erythronium montanum
LILIACEAE, The Lily family

Mt. St. Helens hike to the rim. It’s like going back in time as the elevation increases. It’s starting to feel summery in the city, but the base camp feels like spring and flowers blooming here now have been gone for 2 months down lower. Winter comes with the ascent. First damp snow in the misty woods and then crisp, sunny winter wonderland above the tree line. The summit has icy winds and deep drifts.

The best part: glissading back down.

About Mulysa

I love my work as a landscape designer and artist. When I'm not planning homesteads or working in the studio, you'll find me hiking, photographing, gardening, baking, cooking vegetarian meals with friends, reading and working on sustainability issues...with my baby on my hip in Portland, Oregon.
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