Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Latourell Falls -- Columbia Gorge

In addition to the Multnomah Falls featured on a postcard post last week we visited five other falls on the trip to the Columbia Gorge:  Latourell, Bridal Veil, Wahkeena, Horsetail and Starvation Creek. 

The Latourell Falls are located in the Guy W. Talbot State Park.  The highway passes nearby and it is possible to see portions of the falls from the road.  There is a parking area near and it is only a short walk to see the falls that drop straight down from an overhanging cliff.  Most of the other falls break part way but Latourell does not.  It is also an example of columnar basalt formations.

As we walked down the pathway toward Latourell Falls we saw other people along the way looking upward.  When we looked up this is what we saw –

Latourell Falls, Columbia Gorge, Oregon

Ever since we signed up for a Mountaineers class on the natural world we have become even more aware of all the plants and animals.  Some flowers we saw included Larkspur, Oxalis, waterleaf, Bleeding Heart, violets and wallflowers.




The drops of water on the leaves came from the spray of the falls.  Along the sides of the pathway were lush green plants some with flowers.

Bleeding Heart



For a little more information about the falls see:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Latourell_Falls

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