Yesterday was a perfect spring day. The daffodils were blooming, spring frogs were screaming, and two elk herds were in Boxley Valley, each with a very nice bull. 50+ degree temperatures topped it off.
After the first of the year, elk viewing is often at its very best. I have written about that a lot. Yesterday the elk herds were bookends. One herd was near the Ponca Access, and a second all the way down to the south end of the valley near the south trail head to the Upper Wilderness. The viewing conditions could not have been better. Each herd had a big bull present, something kind of unusual after the rut.
Daffodils are blooming. That means the wildflowers are blooming. First a few will bloom, then many will come on as we move into the warm temperatures of next week. My look at the weather map indicates 50+ degree high temperatures for the next week. This is the front end of wildflower prime time.
The 2/16/12 elk viewing map is below: