Balsam Root

Blooms of arrow leaf balsam root and other wildflowers, including Indian Paintbrush and lupines, color the glacial moraines containing Wallowa Lake in northeast Oregon. Central on the skyline is the pointed summit of 8998 foot high Mt. Bonneville in the Wallowa Mountains and Eagle Cap Wilderness. Although not among the highest summits in the Wallowas, Mt. Bonneville might be the most often photographed because of its proximity to the highway-accessible scenic attraction of Wallowa Lake. Photographed with a 4x5 camera. Anyone who would like to see the lake protected from a swarm of bulldozers and backhoes (especially since the passing of Oregon's Measure 37) should contact the Wallowa Land Trust (

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