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A Dog's Day At The Beach

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Much to my dogs' delight a little bit of beach is appearing along the Columbia. Just a little bit though.

My border collie is crazy about waves. Not many this day though, but a couple boats passed by which made him really happy.

One of the common native plants helping keep the Columbia River's shorelines and other tributaries from eroding- especially with high water or heavy boat traffic is Baltic rush, Juncus balticus. Its roots (and leaves) are extremely strong and like wire- which is how it got its other common name: wire rush.

Another important riparian plant is coyote willow, Salix exigua. Anywhere there is water at lower elevations, this willow is almost always present. It has long leaves that are silvery green in color because of short hairs covering the leaves. It doesn't have a main stem or trunk, and can form colonies of clones, with many plants arising from a single seed. The bark of coyote willow was widely used by the Indians across North America for ropes and cordage, among many other uses.

And after a day at the beach what could be better than a spectacular sunset? I love Central Washington.