115Days #251 Native Plants
This native flowering currant was photographed on the eastern side of Mt Hood, below timberline and in the meadow at the edge of a wooded area. We have this same variety growing in our yard and I shared photos of it in full bloom this past spring.
This vine maple was growing near the currant at the edge of the meadow in the partial shade of the towering trees. One of my favorite types of maple, we have several planted in our yard. These are just beginning to show a bit of their fall color. One can expect them to be of different colors, some turn mostly bright yellow, this one is obviously turning the brilliant red that paints the hillsides as fall arrives. The vine maple has smaller leaves, they average about two to two and a half inches across. The seed pods also turn red then tan before they take their helicopter flight to a new place to put down roots and grow.