As you travel south on Highway 31, The Fremont Highway, from the town of Silver Lake, home of the Cowboy Dinner Tree which serves an excellent albeit large dinner, you start a steep climb that takes you out of one watershed and drops you in the Great Sandy Desert. At the top you can find some petroglyphs left from when the Paiute tribe roamed this country in past years. I like this one – mother and child – I think I can see antlers so maybe a deer or and antelope.
After hearing of rain on the desert the week before I went over looking for wildflowers. The first day I found some Arrowleaf Balsamroot (Balsamorhiza sagittata) – the intense yellow against the gray and brown of the desert makes this plant stand out.
Traveling along I kept my eyes open for flowers and came upon a flat at the base of the hills just north of Alvord Desert covered with blooms.
One more stop on a long day that still had a trip to the Malheur NWR to come. Love the way a gully like this concentrates enough water to initiate a little garden.
Be sure to click on the images for a larger screen view – especially the last two. I still have a few more images to work with but as you can hopefully see this was a really good outing.