American Empress

August 21st, 2014

American Empress schedules a nine day trip from Vancouver, Wa to Astoria, Wa to Clarkston, Wa with stops along the way. Photo: In the Columbia, heading towards The Dalles, Or 8/20/2014 _MG_8230 - Version 2

Black Bear “Ursus americanus”

August 20th, 2014

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Black Bear “Ursus americanus” This little bear was thought to be a second year cub and we were observing it from a boat in Hell’s Canyon on the Oregon-Idaho border. _MG_8220 – Version 2Adult Black Bears usually weigh 200 to 300 pounds. Photo: 8/19/2014

Log Ship

August 14th, 2014

_MG_5355Log ship Log Log loading at the Port of Longview destined for the Far East. Reportedly it takes about 1,800 truck loads of logs for a total of 33,000 logs for a full load. Photo: Longview, WA on the Columbia River 5/19/2013.


Townsends’s Chipmunk “Tamias townsendii”

August 12th, 2014

Townsends’s Chipmunk “Tamias townsendii” Length 9-12 inches and a weight of 3-5 ounces. Distinguished from ground squirrels by the white stripes on the face. Photo: Headwaters of the Metolius River just west of Sister’s Oregon. 6/29/2007






Buckbean “Menyanthes trifoliata”

August 11th, 2014

Buckbean “Menyanthes trifoliata” Buckbean Family (Menyanthraceae) Perennial, 6-18 inches tall, leaves broad with three leaflets, flowers white or a little pinkish and conspicuously hairy.  Plants grow in shallow water or bogs at higher elevations and blooms in late spring  or early summer. Photo:  Conboy Lake Wildlife Refuge near Glenwood, WA  5/19/2012

River Traffic on the Columbia

August 10th, 2014


River Traffic on the Columbia.   Lewis and Clark Bridge over the Columbia River between Rainier, OR and Longview WA., cargo ship loaded with automobiles in route to Portland, OR., tug towing a barge of sawdust to the papermill and grain elevators across the river in Longview.  Photo:  Rainier, OR 8/08/2007

Scottish Bluebell “Campanula rotundifolia”

August 6th, 2014

Scottish Bluebells “Campanula rotundifolia” Bellflower Family (Campanulaceae). Perennial, plant 6-20″ tall, flowers bell shaped, blue or white, summer blooms in alpine or subalpine, Cascade Mts in OR & WA and the Olympic Mts. Widespread around the world in northern latitudes. Photo: Hurricane Ridge in the Olympic Mts., WA. 8/30/2006

Fireweed “Chamerion angustifolium”

August 5th, 2014


Fireweed “Chamerion angustifolium” Evening Primrose Family (Onagraceae).  Perennial plant 2-5′ tall unbranched stems, flowers deep pink to magenta with darker sepals between the petals, pistils conspicuously 4 lobed.  Blooms all summer in disturbed soils and in recently burned areas throughout Or. & Wa.  Photo:  Near Rainier, Or 7/8/2008

Tower Point

August 4th, 2014

The elevation of the view from Tower Point Firer Lookout is approximately 6,100 feet above sea level. This is a view of the Crooked River Valley near Post, Oregon. Photo: 7/18/2014

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Gray Wolf “Canis lupus”

August 3rd, 2014


Gray Wolf “Canis lupus” Length about 4.5′ long, tail 1′ long, weight 60-100 lbs. Wolves were originally wide spread in Western Or. and in N. E. Or. but they were completely eradicated about 75 years ago. Photo: Northwest Trek near Eatonville, Wa. 11/14/2009