Twayblade – This subtle little guy is actually an orchid!
A couple of us rangers are attending the PCTA Trails Skills College in Cascade Locks this weekend and couldn’t help but to stop and ID the flowers.
Near Tooth Rock Trailhead:
Not my first of the year, but the Calypso Orchid is always a treat to find!
If you remember your mythology, Calypso was a beautiful nymph, hidden in the woods.
Wild Ginger was the surprise wildflower of the day! This is one of my favorite flowers to hunt for in the spring. Gently lift the Wild Ginger leaves to find this purple-brown beauty.
Wild Ginger was all over the place above Tooth Rock Trailhead – look for the heart-shaped leaves.
Surprisingly, Vanilla Leaf was in bloom in a few spots. You can guess what this dried leaf might smell like.
Twayblade is so small, it is easy to cruise right by. Found this one while marking a trail – and dropped everything for a quick photo!