Scenes from Rose Creek Nature Preserve
The photos on this page were captured on more than ten visits during the spring, summer, fall and winter of 2020/2021 at Rose Creek Nature Preserve in Whitman County, Washington. They were selected for use by the Rose Creek Advisory Committee and Palouse-Clearwater Environmental Institute.
Quotes are from Bess Hudson’s book of short essays about life at Rose Creek when she lived there with her husband, George Hudson. Bess, George and their descendants donated the property that is now Rose Creek Nature Preserve for preservation of rare habitat and enjoyment of nature by the public. Palouse-Clearwater Environmental Institute owns and operates the preserve.
Please attribute any printed or published photos to Casey Lowder and Bonnie Gunn.
Rose Creek Nature Preserve as seen from Smoot Hill, May 2020
‘One stood and looked and looked, and absorbed the smell and feel and sight of it, until, almost dizzy with contemplation, he knew an awakening of soul and sense and went away renewed.’
-Bess Hudson in Windows to Nature, page 47
‘It’s fascinating to an amateur to develop awareness of plant life. It turns every naturally vegetated hill or roadside, every brushy draw or grove, every meadow, and every mossy rock into a marvelously exciting, explorable creation never again to be ignored or treated with nonchalance.’
-Bess Hudson in Windows to Nature, page 30
‘These bewitching little rodents are closely related to the ground squirrel. Though sharing many aggravating rodent traits, by charm and enchantment they win over the most obdurate observer; and their tricks and trespasses are not only endured but even encouraged.’
-Bess Hudson in Windows to Nature, page 91
‘The time is growing short, you know, with the diminishing of our outdoor environment, and we had better savor whatever still endures. So, along with me, drop what you are doing. Chuck a pseudo-obligation, cancel a plan, scrub the ironing! There are better things to do – things nurturing our kinship with all nature, apart from which we cannot fully live.’
-Bess Hudson in Windows to Nature, page 123