The Painted Hills resulted from the deposits of ash created by the Cascade volcanos. The red bands were formed when the climate was tropical and the yellow bands, when it was drier. Each band is thought to represent from 10,000 to 200.000 years. Photo: Painted Hills near John Day, OR. 6/18/2008 and 4/20/2014
Cape Horn is a 2,000 foot basalt rock formation located in Washington at the western end of the Columbia River Gorge. There are trails along the top that provide legendary views of the Gorge that are accessible from Washington Highway 14. Photo taken from the Sternwheeler “Columbia Gorge” on 4/12/2014
Blue Clematis “Clematis columbiana” Buttercup Family (Ranunculaceae). Perennial woody vine that may climb shrubs etc, sepals blue or purple, petals are absent. Blooms in open moist areas in late spring-early summer in Eastern OR & WA. Photo near the Zumwalt Prairie in N.E. OR. 6/8/2005
Frigid Shooting Star “Dodecatheon austrofrigidum” Primrose Family (Primulaceae). Perennial plant 4-10″ tall, magenta flowers with white ring and black band at base. Blooms in the Spring and grows in mossy areas on moist basalt slopes in N.W. OR & S.W. WA. This plant is on the rare and endangered list. Photo: Saddle Mt. near Seaside, OR. 5/12/2008
Western Trillium - Trillium ovatum, Lily Family (Liliaceae). Perrennial, bulbous rhizome, plant 6-18″ tall, 3 whorled leaves, 3 white petals which turn to pink and then to rose-red with age. Blooms in early spring in the Cascade Mts to the Coast and in the Blue Mts. in N.E. Or. Picking trilliums removes all the leaves and this may kill the plant. This is the “Easter Lily” of my youth and it will always be one of my favorites. Upper Photo: Rainier, Or. 3/21/2005 Lower Photo with double petals: 4/07/2012
Giant Purple Trillium “Trillium kurabayashii” Lily Family (Liliaceae) Perennial, bulbous rhizome, plant 1-2′ tall, leaves 3 and mottled, flowers with 3 purple petals 2-4″ long. Blooms early spring in moist rich soils near the coast in southwest Oregon. Photo: Leach Garden in Portland, OR 4/10/2008.
Small-flowered Trillium “Trillium parviflorum” Lily Family (Liliaceae). Perennial, bulb, plant 8-12″ tall, mottled leaves fading with age, flowers stems do not rise above the leaves, Found in damp wooded areas of Western WA and the northern half of OR. Plants south of Corvallis, OR are the more robust “Trillium albidum”. Upper Photo: Ridgefield, WA 4/23/2012 and Lower Photo: Salem, OR 4/10/2005
Round-leaf Trillium “Trillium petiolatum” Lily Family (Liliaceae). Perennial, bulbous rhizome, plant 8-24″ tall, flowers without stems, dark purple linear 1.5-2″ petals, blooms in early spring in seasonally damp areas on the edge of forests in N.E. OR and S.E. WA. Photo: Near the Zumwalt Prairie in N.E. OR 5/04/2007