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L.T. Murray Wildlife Area - Umtanum Ridge

I visited the Yakima Canyon area in May 2004 as the desert began to bloom. While Washington is more known for its forests and volcanoes, Central Washington features some nice desert steppe terrain. Across the Cascade Crest the annual rainfall drops dramatically and so you have some shrubbrush desert areas. A lot of the agricultural land in this area was originally desert but has now been irrigated. Unfortunately I did not see much in the way of wildlife on this trip, except for huge numbers of birds. I do not have those slides scanned though and my digital does not have a strong enough zoom to get bird photos usually. Still, I think I got a few nice pictures on this spring hike:
Wildflower
Wildflower
Mothra
Mothra
Leaf Pattern
Leaf Pattern
Insect
Insect
Wildflower Patch
Wildflower Patch
Grassy Hills
Grassy Hills
Wildflowers and Ridges
Wildflowers and Ridges
Rocky Path
Rocky Path
Rusty Tree
Rusty Tree
Railroad Tracks
Railroad Tracks
Four More Moths
Four More Moths
Umtanum Eastern Ridge End
Umtanum Eastern Ridge End
Distant Umtanum Canyon
Distant Umtanum Canyon
Umtanum Sky
Umtanum Sky
Rocks and Flowers
Rocks and Flowers
Distant Hills
Distant Hills
Wildflower Patch
Wildflower Patch
Deadfall
Deadfall
Umtanum Scene
Umtanum Scene
Ridges along Ridge End
Ridges along Ridge End
Umtanum and Blue Sky
Umtanum and Blue Sky
More Moths
More Moths
Yakima River
Yakima River
Wildflower and Bug
Wildflower and Bug
Railroad Tracks Going North
Railroad Tracks Going North
Wildflowers
Wildflowers
Lush Canyon
Lush Canyon
Blooming Plant
Blooming Plant
Trail Ascending to Ridgeline
Trail Ascending to Ridgeline
Sepia Railroad Tracks
Sepia Railroad Tracks
Outcropping and Flowers
Outcropping and Flowers
Wildflower
Wildflower
Suspension Bridge
Suspension Bridge
Distant Manastash Ridges
Distant Manastash Ridges
Tree
Tree
Wildflowers
Wildflowers