Common Nighthawk “Chordeiles minor”

December 17th, 2014

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Common Nighthawk “Chordeiles minor”, These birds are widespread throughout the U.S.and are often seen flying in the evening while catching insects. Unlike most other birds, nighthawks perch parallel to the limbs or wires. Coloration blends well with their perch, Length 9″, wingspan 24″.   Photo: Malheur Bird Refuge near Burns, Or. 7/2/2009

Columbia River Gorge

December 16th, 2014

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Barge traffic in the Columbia River Gorge near Biggs, OR.  Photo: 2/28/2009

Western Grebe “Aechmophorus occidentalis”

December 15th, 2014

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Western Grebe “Aechmophorus occidentalis”  Length 25″, wingspan 24″ and weight 3.3 lbs.  The courtship dance of these birds in the spring involves “walking” on water and it is quite an interesting ballet.  Photo:   Near Burns, Or. 7/02/2009

Fuscia-flowered Gooseberry

December 14th, 2014

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Fuscia-flowered Gooseberry “Ribes lobbii” Gooseberry Family (Grossulariaceae).  Perennial, plant 2-4′ tall, leaves shiny and shallow lobed, 3 spines at nodes, flowers with red sepals folded back and white petals.  Blooms in early summer in western OR & WA.  Photo:  Near Oregon Caves in S.W. OR 4/27/2007

Red Columbine “Aquilegia formosa”

December 11th, 2014

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Red Columbine “Aquilegia formosa” Buttercup Family (Ranunculaceae). Perennial, plant 1-4′ tall, flowers orange-red flowers with “yellow skirts”, blooms spring & summer. Grows in partial shade throughout the N.W. Photo: Mt Adams, WA  8/08/2006

Common Puffball

December 10th, 2014

Common Puffball “Lycoperdon perlatum” Height and diameter 2 to 3 inches, Size 2-3 inches,solitary or clustered. Tan when young turning brown with age. Clouds of white to yellow spores emitted from a pore on the top. Edible when “firm and white inside”. Photo: Stevens State Park near Astoria, Or  11/29/2014 by Teri Robinson

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Land of the Giants

December 9th, 2014

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Land of the Giants.  Looking East from The Dalles Mt in Washington.  Some of  the towers are still under construction and soon this whole area will be dotted with them.  The small white areas on the ground are probably trailers.  Photo:  4/20/2009

Jewell Meadows Bulls

December 8th, 2014

IMG_8475 - Version 2Roosevelt Elk herds of up to 200 animals are fed here in the fields adjacent to Hwy 202 between Vernonia and Seaside, Or. during the winter months (November-April). The cows, calves and younger bulls are found in large groups and the older bulls hang out in smaller, separate group. The public can ride out into the field on the hay wagon when they feed the elk but you need to make your reservations well ahead of time. Call (503) 755-2264 for information. Photo: Jewell Meadows Wildlife Area 12/06/2014IMG_8483 - Version 2

Roosevelt Elk “Cervus elaphus”

December 7th, 2014

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Roosevelt Elk herds of up to 200 animals are fed here in the fields adjacent to Hwy 202 between Vernonia and Seaside, Or. during the winter months (November-April).  The cows, calves and younger bulls are found in large groups and the older bulls hang out in smaller, separate group.  The public can ride out into the field on the hay wagon when they feed the elk but you need to make your reservations well ahead of time.   Call (503) 755-2264 for information.  Photo:  Jewell Meadows Wildlife Area 12/06/2014

 

 

Stonehenge Replica on the Columbia

December 4th, 2014

The Stonehenge near Mary’s Hill, WA was built as a replica of the original in England and it was constructed as a World War I Memorial.  Note the local Druid and his dog.  Photo:  2/28/2009

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