Giant-Headed Clover “Trifolium macrocephalum”

September 15th, 2014

Giant-Headed Clover “Trifolium macrocephalum”.  East of the Cascade Mountains, 3-8″ tall, flower heads 2 to 3″ in diameter. Our largest and prettiest clover.  Photo: Mt Emily near La Grande, OR. – 6/13/07  © 2007

Vaux Swifts

September 14th, 2014

Vaux Swifts “Chaerturra vauxi” are first cousins to the chimney swift and they stream into the chimney at dusk each year during their spring and fall migration. to and from Mexico  Swifts don’t perch on limbs or wires.  They cling to vertical surfaces and grasp the bark of trees or bricks while leaning back on their stiff-spined tails for support. Just in case you wind up on Jeopardy, a pair of swifts feed an average of 5,344 insects to their nestlings every day. Photo: Rainier, Or  9/10/2007
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Wild Hollyhock “Iliamna rivularis”

September 11th, 2014

Wild Hollyhock “Iliamna rivularis” Mallow Family  (Malvaceae).  Perennial, Plant 3-5′ tall, leaves 3-6″ long resembling maple leaves, flowers pink to rose.  Blooms summer in moist areas in Eastern OR and WA.  Photo:  Along the Deschutes River near Sherars Bridge in Central OR 6/16/2010

Monarch “Danaus plexippus”

September 10th, 2014


Monarch “Danaus plexippus”  Wingspan 3.5 – 3.75″.  This might look like just another butterfly to you but it is my first Monarch!  The colors are somewhat muted because it has been immobilized in a glassine envelope and was eventually released.  The conspicuous white dots on the body allow the birds to recognize this butterfly.  Their caterpillars hatch on milkweed and eating the leaves of that plant causes the butterfly to be toxic to birds.   Photo:  Roaring Springs just south of Frenchglen in S.E. OR  7/05/2009

Chinook Longhouse

September 9th, 2014

Replica of a Chinook longhouse at the Cathlapotle Village near present Ridgefield, Washington visited by Lewis and Clark. This is a photo of the Chiefs end of the building and one of the the fire pits. There were personal areas along the sides for the others and a small entrance on the other end. Open to the public for free guided tours 12 to 4pm Sat & Sun through September. 28908 N.W. Main, Ridgefield, Washington_MG_5784

Hedgehog Cactus “Pediocactus simpsonii”

September 9th, 2014

Hedgehog Cactus “Pediocactus simpsonii”  Cactus Family (Cactaceae) Perennial, plant 2-10″ tall and 2-6″ across, flowers rosy-pink to magenta and 1-2″ in diameter.  Blooms April-May in dry rocky sites in a few areas east of the Cascades Mts. Photo:  Painted Hills National Monument near Fossil, Oregon  5/15/2010

Lewis & Clark Hunting on the Trail

September 3rd, 2014


Photo:  N.W. Trek Eatonville, Wa. 11/06/2007   © 2007 mkellar

“It requires 4 deer, or an elk and a deer, or one buffalo to supply us for 24 hours.” from the Journal of Wm. Clark.  Each man consumed nine pounds of meat per day, when available and there were 33 people in the party. Raymond Darwin Burroughs tallied the quantity of game killed and consumed during the course of the expedition:

Deer (all species combined) 1,001
Elk 375
Bison 227
Antelope 62
Big horned sheep 35
Bears, grizzly 43
Bears, black 23
Beaver (shot or trapped) 113
Otter 16
Geese and Brant 104
Grouse (all species) 46
Turkeys 9
Plovers 48
Wolves (only one eaten) 18
Indian dogs (purchased and consumed) 190
Horses 12
From “The Natural History of the Lewis and Clark Expedition”. Michigan State University Press, 1995) and ”The Lewis & Clark Cookbook: Historic Recipes from the Corps of Discovery and Jefferson’s American” By: Leslie Mansfield

Polish Festival

September 2nd, 2014

Portland’s 21st Annual Polish Festival at 3900 Interstate Ave in Portland, Oregon Saturday 9/20/2014 11:00am to 10:00pm and Sunday 9/21/2014 from noon to 6:00pm. Ethnic food with music and dancing performed on stage. I had the combination plate which had pierogies (dumplings), golabki (cabbage roll), kielbasa (sausage) bigos (hunters stew) and a dinner roll for $10.00. Croatian food was also available. There are also a number of interesting booths and some of them sell adult beverages.  ADMISSION FREE

Hell’s Canyon Fire

September 2nd, 2014

Not much left of this home right next to the Snake River on the Idaho side in Hell’s Canyon. Photo: 8/19/2014_MG_8169 - Version 2

Purple Loosestrife

August 27th, 2014

Purple loosestrife “Lythrum salicaria” Family Lythraceae Perennial, 2 to 6 feet tall, Grows along streams and in wetlands. The plant is attractive but it is very invasive. Photo: A_MG_8173 - Version 2long the Snake River along the Oregon/Idaho border in Hell’s Canyon. 8/19/2014