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Fri., April 5, 2013, 8:14 a.m.

Balsamroot starting to bloom on South Hill Bluff

Arrowleaf balsamroot is in bloom along the Spokane River in Otis Orchards, Sat., May 14, 2011. (J. Bart Rayniak)
Arrowleaf balsamroot is in bloom along the Spokane River in Otis Orchards, Sat., May 14, 2011. (J. Bart Rayniak)

NATURE -- Reader Jim Kershner emailed a photo snapped Thursday of arrowleaf balsamroots blooming in brilliant yellow on the South Hill bluff trails -- a bit earlier than usual, but, hey, we should have expected this given the smiles on golfers' faces all through March.

Kershner must have been running from a moose, evading a coyote or walking his rough-and-tumble dog, Jack -- the photo was blurry -- but those definitely were wildflowers.  

Take a hike on the miles of trails below High Drive and see for yourself.

Next to bloom:  Serviceberry.




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Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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