Part way up Satus Pass in the Cascade Mountains (Washington State), Brooks Memorial Park has a small butterfly garden. Even though our travels have taken us this direction three previous times this summer, and the flowers were all in bloom, I had yet to see a single butterfly. However on our forth visit last week, I did spot a lone butterfly among the many bees and wasps.
As we continued up the Pass, we again saw some of the devastation from a 26,000 acre wildfire which scorched the area last summer. Although I don’t believe there were any major injuries as a result of this fire, I wondered how many smaller creatures, like the Grey Hairstreak, lost their lives in the blaze.
Again this year everything looked very dry. The lack of rain and hot weather have not helped the situation. We were in the Yakima area during a week-long stretch where the daily average high temperature was over 100º.
On the way back home, driving on the Oregon side of the Columbia Gorge, we went right by a wildfire that had started the night before. It was still relatively small, but the legendary Gorge winds would make fighting this fire difficult.
I snapped a quick picture through the windshield as we went by.