The Columbia

The Okanogan River flows south from northern Washington State, providing irrigation for thousands of acres of fruit trees and vineyards. In the photo below, you can see how the river widens and becomes part of the Columbia River system.DSCN4009

Now things get serious. Chief Joseph Dam, one of many dams on the Columbia, changes the flow and taps into the energy of this mighty river. Whether it is because of water licences or some other reason unknown to me, the orchards and vineyards suddenly become scarcer, and the land on the east side of  the Columbia River is semi-arid desert. Cattle graze there, and a few small farms dot the landscape, but the great expanses of fertile land are no longer a part of the scenery as we drive eastward.

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Note the arid land beyond the dam. It is a place for scrubby plants, coyotes, and rattlesnakes. No more lush orchards.

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My advice – buy your bag of apples before you reach the confluence of the Okanogan and the Columbia.

6 thoughts on “The Columbia

  1. The first photo with purples, blue and lavender in the banks along the Columbia River were lovely, Anneli. I can tell they are dry which you describe as “semi-arid.” This makes me wonder since I always thought land by water would be moist. You can still teach me “a thing or two,” Anneli. ♡

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    • Maybe it’s time for a road trip. Well, maybe not “right” now, but in the late spring, early summer? Even late summer. There’s so much to see. And still, when you get back home to beautiful Montana, you’ll be reassured again that it’s the best.

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