Rowing botanists in recently-scorched Hells Canyon
The Cactus Mountain fire burned around 8,000 acres, last I heard, on the Oregon side of Hells Canyon just a week or so ago.
Here’s the view from the Snake River, floating by just below Dug Bar.
Morgan, myself, Forest Service botanists Jerry, Gene, Sabina, plus volunteer Lindsey and swamper Joanne caught a great weather window for this Hells Canyon tour.
The botany mission was locate populations of….uh…..I want to say ‘spartina.’ Some grass with, well…it’s special, somehow. And has some thingies on top.
To be honest, I just row the boat and let the science talk wash over me because these botany folk speak a different language and I don’t comprende much.
Here’s a photo of Jerry with said grass:
Speaking of aspects, here’s one from the beach at Ragtown Bar, down from the Copper Creek Ranch.
Good wildlife trip. I fumbled for my camera when we floated in on an otter who had just got a carp or sucker in his clutches, but wasn’t quick enough on the draw and just ended up with this shot after he dove with his catch underwater.
But I did get a nice action photo at dawn of Morgan Jenkins heading for the kitchen to put the coffee on. He’s awfully cheery for the moon still being out and no caffeine yet.