Exploring and understanding wilderness brings me extreme joy. This blog is intended foster a greater understanding and stewardship for the place that is the Earth. One means to that end is
understanding the native biota that have always lived in the regions we choose to visit. Our visits should ultimately be about them -- the other biota -- not us.
Field Notes From Plant Explorations: Wild and Wooley
Wild and Wooley
It has been several years since my last visit to Wooley Creek. This was far too long. The Salmon River Country is magical and I was fortunate enough to find some magic this wet northern California weekend when I spent the night along one of my favorite California creeks (Check out Gambolin' Man's take on my other favorite). Wooley creek roared as it funneled past the trail and my camp—draining hundreds of square miles of Marble Mountain Wilderness. It would soon enter the Salmon River, briefly, before merging with the mighty Klamath River on its way to the Pacific Ocean. It felt like spring as flowers and bud were popping in the wet (and mildly warm) conditions. The mixed-evergreen forests of the Klamath Mountains are waking up.
Entering the wild and wooley wilderness
Cresting into the Wooley Creek drainage above the Salmon River.
Select mixed-evergreen forest flowers in mid-April 2011