Yellow Bells “Fritillaria pudica”

March 3rd, 2015

unnamedYellow Bells “Fritillaria pudica” Yellow Bells,  Lily Family (Liliaceae). Perennial, Small scaly bulbs, plant 4-10″ tall, bright clear yellow flowers turn orange to dull red as they age, early spring in moist areas that dry up in Summer. Cascade Mts. and eastward in OR & WA and the Siskiyous.  Photo: Catherine Creek near Lyle, WA in the Columbia River Gorge  3/13/2007

Columbia Desert Parsley “Lomatium columbianum”

March 2nd, 2015


Columbia Desert Parsley “Lomatium columbianum” Apiaceae (Parsley Family).  Perennial, plant 12-30″ tall, leaves dissected and with a bluish cast, flowers in characteristic wine-red clusters. Blooms in early spring in dry rocky soils in the Columbia River Gorge and in OR. & WA.  Photo: Catherine Creek near Lyle, WA. 3/31/2007

Salt and Pepper “Lomatium piperi”

March 1st, 2015


Salt and Pepper “Lomatium piperi” Parsley Family (Apaceae).  Perennial, plant 2-4″ tall, leaves multiply dissected, clusters of tiny white flowers with dark anthers.  Blooms early spring in dry rocky slopes at low to mid elevation in Eastern OR & WA, Columbia River Gorge and in S.W. OR.    Photo:  Catherine Creek near Lyle, WA  2/28/2009

Gray’s Desert Parsley “Lomatium grayi”

February 26th, 2015


Gray’s Desert Parsley “Lomatium grayi” Parsley Family (Apiaceae). Perennial, plant 8-15″ tall, leaves resemble parsley, flowers bright yellow clusters in an umbel, aromatic but not entirely pleasant. Blooms in early spring in dry rocky soil in Eastern OR & WA.  Photo: Catherine Creek near Lyle, WA. 3/31/2007

Grass Widow “Olsynium douglasii var douglasii”

February 25th, 2015

Grass Widow “Olsynium douglasii var douglasii”, Iris Family (Iridaceae). Perennial, plants 6-12″ tall, flowers lavender, occasionally magenta or white,  3/4-1″ diameter, blooms in early spring in moist open areas that dry out in summer.    Widespread in the Pacific Northwest with the exception of N.W. OR. and S.W. WA.   Photo: Catherine Creek near Lyle, WA. 3/13/2007

Indian Plum “Oemleria cerasformis”

February 24th, 2015


Indian Plum “Oemleria cerasformis” Rose Family (Rosaceae).  Perennial, shrub 3-15′ tall, plants have either male flowers or female flowers, flowers greenish white or white, fragrant but somewhat skunky, male plants have stamens, female plants have flowers with pistils and produce  edible plum colored berries.  Blooms in early spring along forest edges from the Cascade Mts. to the coast in Or & Wa.  Photo:  Rainier, Or. 3/13/2010

Munson Creek Falls

February 23rd, 2015

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Munson Creek Falls  This is the highest waterfall in the Coast Range and it is 266 feet high.  It is located about 7 miles South of Tillamook. Turn East at the sign and proceed 1.6 miles to the parking lot.  There is an easy 0.5 mile trail to the falls.  Photo: 1/24/2005

Hooker’s Indian Pink “Silene hookeri”

February 22nd, 2015

Hooker’s Indian Pink “Silene hookeri” Pink Family (Caryophyllacea). Perennial, 2-8″ in tall, approx 1 t0 1.5 inch flowers pink, red, salmon or white. Found West of the Cascade Mts. primarily in the Siskiyous of S.E. OR.  Photo: Along the Little River near Glide, OR. 4/17/2010

Sea Blush “Plectritis congesta”

February 20th, 2015

Sea Blush “Plectritis congesta” Valerian Family (Valerianaceae).  Annual, plant, 6-20″ tall, pink flowers but occasionally white , grows in wet areas, Cascade Mts. to the coast.  Photo: Catherine Creek near Lyle, Wa. in the Columbia River Gorge  3/30/2007

Redhead “Aythya americana”

February 19th, 2015

Redhead “Aythya americana”  Length 19″, wingspan 29″ and weight 2.3 pounds.  The males have blue bills during the breeding season. Photo: Malheur National Wildlife Refuge south of Burns, OR 5/29/2010