This bumblebee is the largest I've ever seen! At least the size of an American Half Dollar--tip to tip. We found him on Tygh Ridge Just south of the Columbia River. He was so non-threatening, I almost wanted to pet him. Almost.
100 years ago this road was the Great Northern Railroad right of way. Straight ahead, where the road ends, a bridge crossed the Cowlitz River. Only the abutments remain. A small town, Olequa, grew up around this spot, but gradually vanished after the railroad changed its route. Today, Old Olequa Crossing is just a short road with farms and cattle--and beautiful trees.