I spent a few days last week over on the east side in Leavenworth, looking at some locations for the workshop I will be teaching at the Wenatchee River Institute in September. I had never visited at this time of year and was completely stunned by the wildflower display everywhere in the mountains. Most striking were the vast swaths of arrowleaf balsamroot that we saw everywhere, in all habitats. We went to Sage Hill near Wenatchee and they thrive in the desert environment there, as well as in the slightly moister conditions on the east slope of the Cascades. Sauer Mountain was brimming with flowers and greenery. One man we met on our hike said he had counted 31 species of wildflowers! I am sharing one of my favorite photos: the balsamroot beside a ponderosa pine. Shaded lush spring forest, with violet-blue vetch, lupine, and anemones, brightened by golden drifts of balsamroot and warm rusts and oranges of mature ponderosa pine: the stuff of dreams!!