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Clackamas Iris “Iris tenuis”

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015


Clackamas Iris “Iris tenuis” Iris Family (Iridaceae). Perennial, rhizome, plant 8-14″ tall, leaves 1/4 to 3/4″ wide and arranged in a fan, flowers white with a yellow blotch and purple veined.  Blooms in May along the Clackamas River east of Estacada, OR.  Photo: Near Estacada, OR. 5/28/2010

Photo:  Near Estacada, Or. 6/04/2007  © Marvin Kellar

Lewis Woodpecker “Melanerpes lewis”

Sunday, April 19th, 2015

Lewis Woodpecker “Melanerpes lewis” Length 10″, wingspan 21″ and weight 4oz.   This brightly colored woodpecker’s diet consists mostly of flying insects.  Top Photo:  Catherine Creek, WA  3/29/2013 and Lower Photo:   Malheur Wildlife Refuge south of Burns, OR 5/06/2012


Vine Maple “Acer circinatum”

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015


Vine Maple “Acer circinatum” Maple Family (Aceraceae).  Perennial, small tree up to 25 feet, leaves have 7-9 lobes and toothed, flowers in clusters of 3-12, petals greenish white with deep red sepals, winged seed (samaras).  Spring flowering, common along streams in Western OR & WA.   Photo:  Rainier, Or. 5/16/2008

Pacific Bleeding Heart “Dicentra formosa”

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015


Pacific Bleeding Heart “Dicentra formosa” Bleeding Heart Family (Fumariaceae) ,  Perennial, Plant 6-18″ tall, leaves in fern like segments, flowers heart shaped and pinkish purple.  Spring in damp shaded areas in Western OR & WA.  Photo:  Near Rainier, OR  5/1/2008

Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens

Sunday, April 12th, 2015

Hulda Klager began hybridizing lilac in 1905 after receiving a book about Luther Burbank.  She shared her hybrids with friends and neighbors and after her plants were destroyed by a flood in 1948, they helped re-established her garden with cuttings from their plants from her garden.  Her home and lilac garden on four acres are maintained by the Hulda Klager Lilac Society.  Photo:  Woodland, WA 5/12/2011

Checker Lily “Fritillaria affinis”

Monday, April 6th, 2015

Checker lily “Fritillaria affinis” Lily Family (Liliaceae)  Perennial, plant grows 1-2″ tall, flowers greenish purple and the petals are checkered with yellow, brown and red.  Blooms in the spring in shrubby areas and meadows primarily on the west side of the Cascades.  Photo: Saddle Mountain, just west of Seaside, Or  5/29/2007

Evergreen Violet “Viola sempervirens”

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015


Evergreen Violet “Viola sempervirens” Violet Family (Violaceae). Perennial, plant 2-3″ tall, leaves heart shaped and evergreen, flowers yellow with maroon veins.  Blooms mid-spring in shaded woods of Western OR & WA, N.E. OR and Northern CA. Top Photo:  Near Qualala in Northern CA 5/27/2012 and Bottom Photo: Near Rainier, OR 4/22/200925490_380077697535_1689182_n

Redhead “Aythya americana”

Thursday, 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

Sugarbowls “Clematis hirsuitissima”

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015


Sugarbowls or Leather-flowers “Clematis hirsuitissima” Buttercup Family “Ranunculaceae).   Sugarbowls do not have petals but the thick leathery sepals are quite showy, flowers approximately 1” long  stems 1 to 2 feet tall.   Eastern Or. in grassy prairies and in light woods.  Photo:  Enterprise, OR.   5/04/20072007-10-18 - Version 2

Cat’s Ear “Calochortus elegans”

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015













Elegant Cat’s Ear “Calochortus elegans” Lily Family “Liliaceae” Perennial, bulbous corm, 3-6″ tall, hairy white to lavender petals with purple crescents at the base, S.W. OR and N.E. OR.  The geologies of these areas have a similar history and both were on the coastline when the rest of Oregon was still underwater. Photo: Darlingtonia Wayside near the CA border 5/28/2012 and Rough and Ready Botanical Wayside S.W. of Cave Junction 4/28/2007