The Dalles Mountain Ranch wildflowers were past peak so we went out to investigate. We discovered it was prime time and ended up returning three times to this place to shoot the arrowleaf balsamroot and lupine. I couldn't get enough of this place! The Dalles Mountain Ranch, a part of the Columbia Hills State Park is such an amazing place especially in the springtime with the incredible wildflower blooms. But there is also so much more than wildflowers. There are old ranch buildings, an abandoned rusted car, sweeping vistas especially of the Columbia River, rolling hills divided by creeks and lush oak trees and many varieties of blooms that assail the senses. This photograph was take outside the Dalles Mountain Ranch as we wandered down one of the valleys to find these oaks surrounded by a vast display of colors.