Friday, March 20, 2009

Mima Mounds

South of Olympia and a bit off the beaten path lie the Mima Mounds. (My guess is that they are easier to photograph in the later spring or summer.) They are a strange georaphical/geological phenomenon left behind by...? Theories abound--including one about pocket gophers.

This description is from the informational display at the overlook. More information can be found here.
The list of seasonal wildflowers is impressive, but the first day of spring the only thing in evidence was the coastal reindeer lichen. Actually, looked at closely, it was pretty impressive.

Bitter cold wind encouraged us to make the half mile loop hike in record time, but it was worth the visit if only for the curiosity quelled.


Max-e said...

Hi Katney, thanks for stopping in and for all your comments. These mounds are fascinating - I have never heard of them before.
I could come up with all sorts of wild theories,about their origins, but will restrain myself and follow the link you have provided.
Have great weekend.

PERBS said...

Looks like an interesting place! I might not have believed your information if I hadn't seen and read the sign that you photographed with this entry. . . lol Looks like golphers work to me! I find the mounds very unique actually.

Daryl said...

Fascinating ...

The reindeer lichten reminds me of frisee .. the tarte/sour greens found in merculan lettuce salads .. which I pick out because I dont like the taste

Annie said...

This looks very interesting!