I have to admit, I have wildflower fear of missing out. ‘Tis the season for stunning pictures all over the internet of fields and fields of wildflowers, and it makes me ready to chuck my calendar out the window and hop in the car and go.

Alas, real life intercedes and work and shepherding the kids to and fro must take precedent. So how to handle the wildflower FOMO? Squeeze in an evening hike at a local favorite, Whychus Canyon Preserve.

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At Whychus Canyon Preserve, spring is prime time for seeing white sand lilies and delicate prairie stars. As the season progresses bright purple phacelia, balsamroots and red paintbrush take over.

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Sarah Mowry is the Deschutes Land Trust’s community engagement director.

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