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Spring to Summer

It’s amazing how fast the temps change on the Oregon Coast; even in the Spring.  I believe it depends on which way the wind blows.  (Maybe that’s obvious to a meteorologist.  hahaha)

swallow nest
swallow nest

We had a long, wet spring and it seems like the wildlife cycle is a little late.  That’s not a scientific fact; just a feeling.

very ripe salmonberry
very ripe Salmonberry

The wild berries also seem a little late.  I love the Salmonberries when they are a little over-ripe like this one.  And I think they are the prettiest when red rather than the earlier school bus orange.  I’ve found that the Salmonberries that get more sun aren’t as sweet; no matter how ripe they are.  So look for a bush that is mostly shaded during the day.

Oregon Coast Spring Sights

Alllie the tagged Roosevelt Elk
Our beautiful Alllie

Alllie didn’t have a calf last year.  I hope she will this year.

White moth with black markings
Match the Hatch – white-ribboned carpet moth

We took our lunch out to Canal Creek Group Campground today.  It is only open for reservations from mid-May through Labor Day now.  We walked in to look at the creek and eat lunch.  Those little white moths are so fast that I’d never noticed they have a black pattern.  This one was apparently just drying out his wings.  I think the steelhead like them.

Naughty Moss
Naughty Moss

This knot looks like an eye on the picnic table.  I can tell the ground is warming up because the grass is growing again.  Everything is starting to green-up!

Salmonberry Blossoms in Canal Creek Campground
Salmonberry Blossoms in Canal Creek Campground

Even the Salmonberries are starting to bloom!  Canal Creek Campground is full of berry bushes.  Come hungry.

Wild Bearries

The salmonberries are the first to come on – and they’re here!  I like them a little bit riper though.

Salmonberries
Mouthwatering Salmonberries

I see a new white wildflower and zoom in.  I thought the brown things were the seed tops of grass.  But they are actually flowers too.

It’s amazing what you can see if you take the time to look closely (metaphor alert!  I don’t have to spell it out for you, do I?).

2 Wildflowers - white and brown
2 Wildflowers – white and brown

I don’t know what kind of ferns these are but they grow like grass.

ferns
We have tall, spindley, ferns

Then we have the ones that grow in clumps.

ferns
We have clumpy ferns that unfurl

I like the curly ends and the way they unfurl in the spring.

Elk Track?
Elk Track?

So I’m wandering around looking for more wildflowers…

Who did this?!
Who did this?!

…and see this!  Where are my scat experts?  Would you say bear?  It is definitely NOT elk.

Well, actually, after a little research I found out that if elk have a rich diet they can poop a pie too.  Since I didn’t see any bear tracks, I’m thinking this has to be an elk pie.

Oregon Berry Season

Now that’s something I can sink my tooth into.  These salmonberries are so pretty!  But the orange ones are still a little sour.  Salmonberries begin ripening in late June to early July, depending on the elevation.

Salmonberry - Sour

I only found a couple ripe salmonberries.  The red ones are sweet.  I like them even a little redder than this one.

I had to arm wrestle that spider for this one.  But it was worth the 8 matches. 🙂

Ripe Salmonberry - Sweet
Ripe Salmonberry – Sweet

Horse Creek Campground has lots of salmonberries and thimbleberries.

Flowering Thimbleberries
Flowering Thimbleberries

The thimbleberries are just starting to come on but it seems like they ripen faster than the salmonberries.

Ripening Thimbleberries
Ripening Thimbleberries

That red one is ready to eat.  The thimbleberries remind me of a hollow strawberry.  The flavor is similar and the tiny seeds crunch between your teeth.

Ripe Thimbleberry
Ripe Thimbleberry

They are very delicate.  The berries are easy to squish when you pull them off the plant.

And they almost have a slight fuzz on them, like a peach fuzz.

Salal Berries
Salal Berries

In mid to late-July the Salal Berries ripen.  They taste like a blueberry.  The ones near the salt air of the ocean get a slight salty crust on them; to add a yummy dimension.

Canal Creek Snacks
Canal Creek Snacks

And, of course the blackberries can’t be missed.  There are a couple different varieties of wild blackberries.  Himalayan is one and I think the other is either called Evergreen or Trailing?  You see them covering the roadsides and fields and old cars and houses!  The ones along many of the roadsides are sprayed for weed-control; so don’t eat those.