Sagebrush Violet “Violet trinervata”

March 26th, 2015

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Sagebrush Violet “Violet trinervata” Violet Family (Violaceae).  Perennial, plant 2-3″ tall; leaves leathery; 2 purple upper petals and 3 violet lower petals with yellow throat.  Spring flowering in sagebrush areas in Central WA & OR and near the OR./ID border.  Photo:  Near Maupin, OR.  4/06/2007

Evergreen Violet “Viola sempervirens”

March 25th, 2015

 

Evergreen Violet “Viola sempervirens” Violet Family (Violaceae). Perennial, plant 2-3″ tall, leaves heart shaped and evergreen, flowers yellow with maroon veins.  Blooms mid-spring in shaded woods of Western OR & WA, N.E. OR and Northern CA. Top Photo:  Near Qualala in Northern CA 5/27/2012 and Bottom Photo: Near Rainier, OR 4/22/200925490_380077697535_1689182_n

Lemon Fawn Lily “Erythronium citrinum”

March 24th, 2015

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Lemon Fawn Lily “Erythronium citrinum” Lily Family (Liliaceae).  Perennial, corm, 6-8″ tall, green leaves mottled with white and brown, flowers white fading to pinkish-lavender, blooms in midspring in S.W. Or. and N.W. Ca.  Photo:  Near the Oregon Caves in S.W. OR.   4/30/2007

Pink Fawn Lily “Erythronium revolutum”

March 23rd, 2015

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Pink Fawn Lily “Erythronium revolutum”.  Lily family (Liliaceae). Perennial, bulbous corm, plant 6-12″ tall, rose-pink flowers with leaves mottled with brown and white.  Blooms April-May in the damp forests and meadows of the west side of the Coastal Mts.  Photo: Saddle Mt. near Seaside, OR.  4/19/2005

Licorice Fern “Polypodium glycyrrhiza”

March 22nd, 2015

licorice-fern-480x455Licorice Fern “Polypodium glycyrrhiza”,  Polypody Family (Polypodiaceae)  Perennial, plant 6-24″ tall, leaves pinnate (like a feather) and the leaflets are arranged alternately, creeping rhizome with a licorice taste.  Common on rocks, logs and trees in Western OR. & WA. and more noticeable during the rainy season.  Photo:  Near Rainier, OR.  10/26/2006

 

 

 

 

 

Peach Orchards on the Columbia

March 20th, 2015

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Peach Orchards in the Columbia River Gorge.   Taken in WA along the Columbia River west of the Maryhill Museum   Upper photo 3/30/2013 and lower 2/28/2009

Large-leaved Lupines “Lupinus polyphyllus”

March 19th, 2015

Large-Leaved Lupine “Lupinus polyphyllus” Pea Family (Fabaceae) Perenninal, plant 1-2′ tall, leaves palmate divided into 5-11 leaflets, flowers blue, lavender, pink or white with white or yellow patch. Blooms in early summer in moist areas in Eastern OR and WA. Photo: Mt Adams, WA 8/08/2006

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Trumpeter Swan “Cygnus buccinator”

March 18th, 2015

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MG_9711_11-480x455Trumpeter Swan “Cygnus buccinator”  Length 60″, wingspan 80″ and weight 23 lbs.   Most of the swans in my area are Tundras but we get an occasional Trumpeter.  The Trumpeter have a low pitched call that sounds like a trumpet.  Photo:  Ridgefield National Wildlife Preserve near Vancouver, WA 3/21/2011

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Tundra Swan “Cygnus columbianus”

March 17th, 2015

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Tundra Swan “Cygnus columbianus” (Whistling Swan).  Length 52″, Wing span 66″ and weight 14.4 lbs.  Male swans are called cobs, the females are pens and of course the young are called cygnets.  They arrive around Halloween and head back North in April.  Top and bottom photo:  Riley, OR 3/13/2012,  Second Photo:  Near Deer Island, OR  3/07/2009, Third Photo:  Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge near Vancouver, WA 01/04/2012

Glacier Lily “Erythronium grandiflorum”

March 16th, 2015

Glacier Lily “Erythronium grandiflorum” Lily family (Liliaceae).  Perennial, bulbous corm, 6-12″ tall yellow flowers in early spring, mid to higher elevations throughout the Pacific N.W. and in the Columbia River Gorge.  Flowers in different areas may have white, yellow or dark red anthers.  Photo: Rowena Crest near Mosier, OR.  4/20/2005

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