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PostSun Apr 26, 2009 11:05 am 
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Beautiful! Especially like the springbeauty. Looks like a great day. Yet another trip to add to my list!

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PostSun Apr 26, 2009 11:06 am 
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Nice pictures! up.gif  up.gif  up.gif   It looks about two shades greener too than when I was there a few weeks ago.

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PostSun Apr 26, 2009 12:59 pm 
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Great pictures of Swakane and the flowers; looks like a lot of species are blooming now.  However, I think you camas (#1) is Triteleia grandiflora (formerly Brodiea douglasii)
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PostSun Apr 26, 2009 1:34 pm 
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Ooooh, lovely pics! up.gif
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Love it!  up.gif
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PostSun Apr 26, 2009 7:52 pm 
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Beautiful pics PiB!!
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PostSun Apr 26, 2009 9:36 pm 
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I visited this place 4 or so years ago, and had wanted to visit again - it was great to get back to this beautiful place.  It has it all - Canyon, rolling hills, flowers, grasses, sagebrush, gorgeous lightshows, a dike, views of the Columbia, and as before, views of rainshowers rolling above the Waterville Plateau.

It was windy as hell, making it difficult to get good flower photos.  The light was bright, so the most of the photos are washed out (at least mine are), but the lighting definately played a role in Nature's art.  The Best Desert Hikes book mentions shadows on the slopes, and the author is spot-on.

When the road-trail rounds to the north side of the mountain, you walk through a burn area.  I don't recall this the last time I was at Swakane Cyn.  You walk through what looks like the hottest spot of the fire.  On the slopes opposite this area, lots of dead  trees are strewn about.  They don't look burned - it's mysterious to me - there are live trees that look about the same age as the dead ones - they didn't burn (obviously), and if a windstorm took them out as one did other trees on the south slopes, it was an odd windstorm that only took out every other tree.  Hmmm....anyone know?

Thanks to PiB for driving and for showing us where that great mexican resaurant is in Leavenworth is (we ate there).

Swakane Cyn
Swakane Cyn
Swakane Cyn balsamroot and view
Swakane Cyn balsamroot and view
Swakane Cyn balsamroot backs
Swakane Cyn balsamroot backs
Swakane Cyn Grasses1
Swakane Cyn Grasses1
Swakane Cyn looking back
Swakane Cyn looking back
Swakane Cyn gully and slopes, Columbia Rv in background
Swakane Cyn gully and slopes, Columbia Rv in background
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Swakane Cyn willow
Swakane Cyn willow
Swakane Cyn serviceberry buds maybe
Swakane Cyn serviceberry buds maybe
Swakane Cyn ponderosas
Swakane Cyn ponderosas
Swakane Cyn on the way back1
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Swakane Cyn on the way back1
Swakane Cyn rain over the Waterville Plateau
Swakane Cyn rain over the Waterville Plateau
Swakane Cyn lichen on granite detail
Swakane Cyn lichen on granite detail
Swakane Cyn more dead soldiers
Swakane Cyn more dead soldiers
Swakane Cyn slopes
Swakane Cyn slopes
Swakane Cyn slope and gullies
Swakane Cyn slope and gullies
Swakane Cyn tree shadows1
Swakane Cyn tree shadows1
Swakane Cyn shadows5
Swakane Cyn shadows5

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PostSun Apr 26, 2009 10:57 pm 
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Brilliant Quark, you captured the beauty I remember from my trip last year perfectly...and more; the flower photos (from both you and PiB) lend the place a different dimension than what I saw, since I went in fall.

Thanks to both of you!

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PostMon Apr 27, 2009 6:16 am 
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up.gif Very Nice, might be worth another training hike. Getting dry out there, could use some rain to sustain things.Wildflowers are exploding in the Tarpiscan, Hedge Hog cactus are blooming, and should be at peak this week and next.

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PostMon Apr 27, 2009 6:56 am 
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Thanks folks.

Hey, Iím re-thinking the dike.

Maybe itís just the top of a ridge exposed due to erosion and not a dike at all.  The rock in the lichen pic is granite and I sat on granite at lunch.  I didnít pay attention to the other rock Ė not that Iím a rockologist, but I wish I had looked more closely.

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PostMon Apr 27, 2009 7:14 am 
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Quark, great pictures.  I will try to answer some of your questions based on my limited knowledge of the area.  First, the burn on the north side (toward Tenas George canyon) is all part of the Dinkleman fire (its pretty old -1988) that burned from Burch through some of the Entiat and maybe as far as Chelan Butte.  There may have been other smaller fires since then.

When I was up at point 4274 I met a guy who said the trees in Tenas George were knocked over due to the 2007 windstorm -- apparently there were also lots of trees down across the road in the upper reaches of Swakane Canyon as well.  While I cannot verify this it seems plausible.  These wind downed trees still had many of thier needles, meaning it has not been long since they were standing, certianly much less time than since the last big wildfire.  As far as the every other tree pattern, I have no idea, but I also noticed it and was puzzled.

The dike is an interesting feature.  If you walk down to it there is a Spring along the way.  If you didn't here is a picture from the "dike" including the tree for reference.  Its not nearly as straight or wall-like as it appears from a distance

At the "wall"
At the "wall"
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PostMon Apr 27, 2009 7:44 am 
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I'm puce with envy.  Lucky devils.

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PostMon Apr 27, 2009 10:31 am 
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Nice pics everyone.  The flowers do seem to be exploding this year.

Wish I could have made that trip with you...
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PostMon Apr 27, 2009 11:50 am 
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Nice pictures Quark!  I think this is my favorite, though I could be wrong:


I was wondering if the rock wall were a ridge also, but the thought also occurred to me that it might be the North American continuation of Hadrian's Wall.

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