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Sunflowers At Pittsburg Landing, Hell's Canyon | by A.Davey
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Sunflowers At Pittsburg Landing, Hell's Canyon

We've been feeling a little guilty about not getting out for some sightseeing, so yesterday we went up the road and over the hills to historic Pittsburg (that's right - no "h") Landing on the Snake River at the northern end of Hell's Canyon.


The area, which is at the end of a broad valley leading down to the Snake River, has a long history of use by Native Americans. In the late 1800s, homesteaders had a go at eking out an existence here. By the 1930s, Pittsburg Landing was incorporated into Circle C Ranch, once one of the largest cattle ranches in North America.


Today Pittsburgh Landing is under the custody of the National Park Service. Campers, kayakers and jet boat tourists have replaced the homesteaders and ranchers of yesteryear. The Nez Perce Tribe operate a salmon hatchery that releases 500,000 Chinook salmon a year into the river.


It was worthwhile to have waited. Had we gone there a month ago, I doubt the sunflowers would have been this spectacular.


The patch of water in the center of the photo is the Snake River.


Do I wish it had been sunny with blue skies? Nah - then no one would have believed the picture was real.

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Taken on September 20, 2008