Mountain Onion “Allium crenulatum”

November 24th, 2014

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Mountain Onion “Allium crenulatum” Lily Family (Liliaceae).  Perennial, plant 3-8″ tall, leaves flowers white to pink with a dark midvein.  Blooms midsummer above 3,000 ” in the mountains of Or. & Wa.  Photo:  Cone Peak near Sweet Home, Or. 6/04/2007

Spreading Phlox “Phlox diffusa”

November 20th, 2014

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Spreading Phlox “Phlox diffusa” Phlox Family (Polemoniaceae).  Perennial, plant dense mats 2-5″ tall, flowers 0.5″ lavender, pink and white.  Mid-spring in rocky areas in the mountains of Or. & Wa.  Photo: Cone Peak near Sweet Home, Or. 6/04/07

Cauliflower Mushroom “Sparassis crispus”

November 19th, 2014

Cauliflower Mushroom “Sparassis crispus” Cream colored and looks somewhat like egg noodles. Size 4 to 34 inches high and broad while weighing as much as 50 pounds. Spores white to cream to yellow. Edible and considered to be choice.  Parasitic on conifers.  Photo: Hopkins Demonstration Forest near Oregon City, Or 11/15/2014

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Scaly Chanterelle “Gomphus kauffmanii”

November 18th, 2014

scaly-chanterelle-480x389Scaly Chanterelle “Gomphus kauffmanii” (not closely related to the edible chanterelles).  Cylindric when young but eventually forms a funnel.  Light brown to light yellow and the inner surface is scaly.  Up to 12″ tall and 10″ in diameter.  Found in association with conifers. Photo: Cone Peak near Sweet Home, Or. 8/28/2007.

White Barrel Bird’s Nest “Nidula niveo-tomentosa”

November 16th, 2014

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White Barrel Bird’s Nest “Nidula niveo-tomentosa”  Small white woolly cylinders forming white cups approximately 1/4″ in diameter and 1/4″ tall.  The membranes covering the cups split open when it rains and that allows the small mahogany colored “eggs” to be splashed out and distributed.  Each “egg” contains a powdery mass of spores.  Photo: Salem, OR 12/22/2006.

Texting through the tulips

November 13th, 2014

 

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Two young ladies texting through the tulips at the Holland Bulb Farm in Woodland, Wa 4/26/2009

Nobel Fir “Abies procera”

November 12th, 2014

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Noble Fir “Abies procera” Pine Family (Pinaceae).  Tree up to 5′ in diameter and 150′ tall.  This tree was a blow down next to the trail and that made for a much easier picture. Grows from 2,000 to 5,000′ in Or. & Wa. Cascade Mts. and Coast Range in N.W. Or.  True firs have cones that stick straight up like candles.  Cone Mt. Near Sweet Home Or. 6/4/2007

Lobster Mushroom “Hypomyces lactifluorum”

November 11th, 2014

MG_9265_1-480x447Lobster Mushroom “Hypomyces lactifluorum”  This is an oddity among mushrooms.  It is a white mushroom with gills infected by a parasitic mold.  This results in a bright orange to red mushroom without gills.  It is fairly common in our northwest forests and it is considered to be tasty.  Photo: Near Drift Creek Falls East of Lincoln City, OR.   8/21/2010

Indian Rhubarb “Darmera peitata”

November 10th, 2014

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Indian Rhubarb “Darmera peitata” Saxifrage Family (Saxifragaceae)  Perennial, plant 1-4 feet tall, flowers in rounded heads of pink or white flowers, leaves are 12-15″ wide and coarsely toothed and they appear after the plant has flowered.  Blooms late spring-early summer among the rocks in raised gravely areas in the stream beads of S.W. Or.  Photo:  Near Selma, Or 4/28/2007

Small-flowered Blue-eyed Mary “Collinsia parviflora”

November 9th, 2014

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Small-flowered Blue-eyed Mary “Collinsia parviflora” Snap Dragon Family (Scrophulariaceae)  Annual, Plant 2-15″ tall, upright or sprawling, flower 1/4″ diameter and pale blue and lavender.  Blooms early spring in moist areas throughout Or and WA.  Photo: Upper Table Rock near Medford, OR 3/21/2009