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Avalanche Lily “Erythronium montanum”

Sunday, March 29th, 2015

Avalanche Lily “Erythronium montanum”. Lily Family (Liliaceae).  Perennial, bulbous corm, leaves green (not mottled), blooms just after snowmelt in the Cascade and Olympic Mountains often covering large areas.  Photo: Mt. Rainier, WA. 8/02/2007

Large-leaved Lupines “Lupinus polyphyllus”

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

Large-Leaved Lupine “Lupinus polyphyllus” Pea Family (Fabaceae) Perenninal, plant 1-2′ tall, leaves palmate divided into 5-11 leaflets, flowers blue, lavender, pink or white with white or yellow patch. Blooms in early summer in moist areas in Eastern OR and WA. Photo: Mt Adams, WA 8/08/2006















Common Western Monkeyflower with Crab Spider” waiting for the unwary.

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015


Common Western Monkeyflower “Mimulus guttatus” Snapdragon Family (Scrophulariaceae).  Both perinneal and annual, plant 3-18″ tall, 1″ yellow flowers with red dots in the throat area,   Truly ubiquitous though quite variable in form, grows in wet areas in Spring & Summer.  Photo:  Mt Hood, OR  8/03/2004

Red Columbine “Aquilegia formosa”

Thursday, 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

Lobster Mushroom “Hypomyces lactifluorum”

Tuesday, 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

Sulfur Shelf “Laetiporus sulphureus”

Monday, October 20th, 2014


















Sulfur Shelf “Laetiporus sulphureus” growing on a log.  Orange to salmon with sulphur yellow spores. Size up to 2′ in diameter and 1″ thick on live and dead deciduous and conifer trees. Also pictured is a Red Belted Polypore.   Photo:  Ho Rain Forest in S.W. Wa 8/31/2006

Pinesap “Monotropa hypopithys”

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014


Pinesap “Monotropa hypopithys” Heath Family (Ericaceae).  Perennial, saprophytic plant without chlorophyll, reddish or yellowish in color, nodding at first becoming erect, 4-16″ tall.  Blooms all summer in deep woods in Western OR & WA and in the Blue Mts of N.E. OR.  Photo: Mt. Hood, OR  8/03/2004

Common Burdock “Arctium minus”

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014


Common Burdock “Arctium minus”  Sunflower Family (Asteraceae”,  Biennial, plant 2-4′ tall with heart shaped leaves up to 15″ long and 12″ wide, flower heads purple to pink, the numerous bracts are narrow with hooked tips.  I knew a little girl that made a crown out of these for the little boy next door.  That didn’t make for good relations with the neighbors.  Blooms in late summer in disturbed soils in Or & Wa.  Nonnative from Europe.  Photo:  Near Rainier, Or. 8/18/2007

Hell’s Canyon Fire

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

Not much left of this home right next to the Snake River on the Idaho side in Hell’s Canyon. Photo: 8/19/2014_MG_8169 - Version 2

Purple Loosestrife

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

Purple loosestrife “Lythrum salicaria” Family Lythraceae Perennial, 2 to 6 feet tall, Grows along streams and in wetlands. The plant is attractive but it is very invasive. Photo: A_MG_8173 - Version 2long the Snake River along the Oregon/Idaho border in Hell’s Canyon. 8/19/2014