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Common Snipe “Gallinago gallinago”

Sunday, February 8th, 2015

Common Snipe “Gallinago gallinago” Length 10″, wing span 18″ and weight 3.7 oz. Yes there really is a snipe. These birds circle high in the air and dive down at high speed producing a low, pulsing whistling sound. (From Sibley’s “Guide to Birds”). Photo: Near Burns, Or 6/28/2009

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Satyr Anglewing and Annual False Dandelion

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015


Satyr Anglewing, Wingspan 2 inches, feasting on an Annual False Dandelion  “Agoseris heterophylla” Sunflower Family (Asteraceae).  Photo:  Big Summit Prairie near Prineville, Or. 6/16/2008

Nootka Rose “Rosa nutkana”

Monday, January 12th, 2015

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Nootka Rose “Rosa nutkana” Rose Family (Rosaceae).  Perennial, shrub 3-6′ tall, flowers are solitary, 3″ across and rose colored, blooms late spring-early summer.  Grows in moist areas in WA & OR.  The quiet beauty of the rose is a lot like the girl next door and is often overlooked as we search for the more exotic.  Photo:  Near Enterprise, OR 6/08/2005

Mountain Onion “Allium crenulatum”

Monday, November 24th, 2014


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”

Thursday, November 20th, 2014


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

Mountain Gooseberry “Ribes montigenum”

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014


Mountain Gooseberry “Ribes montigenum” Gooseberry Family (Grossulariaceae)  Perennial, low sprawling shrub with prickles.  Leaves five lobed and approx 1″ across.   Flowers with prominent greenish-white to dark pink sepals and small white to pink to red petals.  Blooms in summer at higher altitudes in Eastern Or & Wa.  Photo:  Strawberry Mt near Seneca, Or  6/20/2007

Western White Clematis “Clematis ligusticifolia”

Monday, November 3rd, 2014


Western White Clematis “Clematis ligusticifolia”  Buttercup Family (Ranunculaceae).  Perennial, woody-vine, leaves compound with 5-7 leaflets, flowers without petals but they have different 5 or 6 showy white sepals, males and female flowers are present on different plants.  Blooms in summer in wet areas throughout OR and Eastern WA.  Photo:  along the Deschutes River near Shearer Bridge in Central OR  6/16/2010

Shearers Falls on the Deschutes

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014


Native Americans net salmon from platforms at Shearers Falls on the Deschutes River in Central Oregon.  The falls are rated as a class six cataract and being sure-footed is a necessity.  The fisherman has landed a fish in the lower picture.  Photo:  6/16/2010

White-Faced Ibis “Plegadis chihi”

Monday, September 29th, 2014

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White-Faced Ibis “Plegadis chihi”  length 23, wing span and weight 20 oz.  Chestnut colored feathers with iridescent qualities and a white patch around the eye.  These birds are generally seen in small flocks and they “talk” to each other as they forage.  Top Photo:  Fall plumage.  Ridgefield, WA 9/29/2014 and breeding plumage near Burns in S.E Oregon 5/27/2014 and 6/18/2009

Mountain Huckleberry “Vaccinium membranaceum”

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014


Mountain Huckleberry “Vaccinium membranaceum” Heath Family (Ericaceae). Perennial, Plant 2-4′ tall, leaves with very little stem, finely toothed and have pointed tips. Flowers are  solitary, pinkish and urn shaped.  Berries purple, reddish black or occasionally red.  Blooms May to July in Westside forests and meadows at mid to high altitudes and in the Blue Mts of Eastern Or. & Wa.  Photo:  Cone Mt. near Sweet Home, Or. 6/04/2007