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Wildflowers beckon visitors to Mount Spokane State Park

Calypso orchids are among the more colorful and delicate wildflowers found on Mount Spokane. This flower was photographed in the park on May 24, 2013. (Mike Miller)
Calypso orchids are among the more colorful and delicate wildflowers found on Mount Spokane. This flower was photographed in the park on May 24, 2013. (Mike Miller)

PARKS -- Most of the trails are open for hiking and biking at Mount Spokane State Park.  If that's not enough incentive, the photo of a Calypso orchid above indicates the wildflower are providing additional attractions.

"These little blooms seem to have been out for a week or more at Mount Spokane," said birder Mike Miller, who  photographed the "fairy slipper" today.

June is prime time to see the calypsoes farther up the mountain as well as many other blooming flowers, including beargrass. 




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Rich Landers
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