Western Tanager

April 29th, 2015

Western Tanager “Piranga ludoviciana” Length 7″, wing span 11″ and weight 1 oz.  The red head  identifies this bird as a breeding male. Photo:  Along the Rogue River in near Gold Beach, Or 4/26/2015


Umpqua River Lighthouse

April 28th, 2015

The original light house was built in 1857 but it toppled into the river. The present 65 foot high structure was built 165 feet above sea level in 1894 and the light can be seen from a distance of 19 miles out to sea. Photo: 4/26/2015

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Clackamas Iris “Iris tenuis”

April 23rd, 2015


Clackamas Iris “Iris tenuis” Iris Family (Iridaceae). Perennial, rhizome, plant 8-14″ tall, leaves 1/4 to 3/4″ wide and arranged in a fan, flowers white with a yellow blotch and purple veined.  Blooms in May along the Clackamas River east of Estacada, OR.  Photo: Near Estacada, OR. 5/28/2010

Photo:  Near Estacada, Or. 6/04/2007  © Marvin Kellar

Wood Sorrel “Oxalis oregana”

April 22nd, 2015

Wood Sorrel “Oxalis oregana”.  Cascade Mts. to the Coast, 2-8″ tall ground cover on the forest floor, flowers white to pink.  Kids have always delighted in the sour leaves but oxalic acid in large amounts is toxic.  Photo: Lewis & Clark River near Seaside, OR.  3/17/2007

Portland Classical Chinese Garden

April 21st, 2015


Flowers and leaf color change with the season.  Light changes day to day and at times from hour to hour.  The garden occupies a full city block and the design provides quiet seclusion in the midst of a bustling city.  The hours are open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Prices are adults $8.50, seniors $7.50 and children $6.50.  The teahouse sells beverages and I would like to be there when it is raining to hear the sounds of water gushing off the roof.   Photo:  Portland, Or 4/20/2009

Cherry Blossoms in the Gorge

April 20th, 2015



Lewis Woodpecker “Melanerpes lewis”

April 19th, 2015

Lewis Woodpecker “Melanerpes lewis” Length 10″, wingspan 21″ and weight 4oz.   This brightly colored woodpecker’s diet consists mostly of flying insects.  Top Photo:  Catherine Creek, WA  3/29/2013 and Lower Photo:   Malheur Wildlife Refuge south of Burns, OR 5/06/2012


Oregon Bleeding Heart “Dicentra formosa subspecies oregona”

April 16th, 2015


Oregon Bleeding Heart “Dicentra formosa subspecies oregona” Bleeding Heart Family (Fumariaceae) ,  Perennial, Plant 6-18″ tall, leaves in fern like segments, flowers heart shaped and white with tips tinged with rose.  Spring in damp shaded areas in S.W. Or.  Photo:  Near Selma, Or. 4/28/07

Vine Maple “Acer circinatum”

April 15th, 2015


Vine Maple “Acer circinatum” Maple Family (Aceraceae).  Perennial, small tree up to 25 feet, leaves have 7-9 lobes and toothed, flowers in clusters of 3-12, petals greenish white with deep red sepals, winged seed (samaras).  Spring flowering, common along streams in Western OR & WA.   Photo:  Rainier, Or. 5/16/2008

Pacific Bleeding Heart “Dicentra formosa”

April 15th, 2015


Pacific Bleeding Heart “Dicentra formosa” Bleeding Heart Family (Fumariaceae) ,  Perennial, Plant 6-18″ tall, leaves in fern like segments, flowers heart shaped and pinkish purple.  Spring in damp shaded areas in Western OR & WA.  Photo:  Near Rainier, OR  5/1/2008