Ok — i give up. What’s with the Camas Prairie? I have now hiked both trails and have only wound up in covered canopy forest. Are there any paths that border this prairie that i am missing? Do i have to just keep going on one of them?
Anyway, i took the south trail out of the corral, and while i did get to cross the far eastern fringe, i just about broke my dog’s legs on those f’n open slatted boardwalks. This place just frustrates the heck out of me due to my expectations of being able to travel the edges and have open views across the fens. Crap!
I did get some nice shots of a few bog flowers and some new woodland flowers were in bloom this time. And as a consolation, way up in a tree that i had to stand directly underneath to see, was a Black-backed Woodpecker. Not a new bird, but not one i come across often. I also had a calling Northern Pygmy Owl, but i couldn’t see it because, well, i was in a closed canopy forest with sightlines of about 40 feet! Prairie my ass.
After that nonsense i headed straight for the Umatilla Plateau and took the White River Canyon Road over to Wamic. Nice open country on a beautiful day. I came across a small patch of Blazing Stars, a flower i haven’t seen in a long time. A covey of Mountain Quail was a treat. Three to four adults and a whole passel of chicks scurrying in the grasses below camera level.