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Licorice Fern “Polypodium glycyrrhiza”

Sunday, March 22nd, 2015

licorice-fern-480x455Licorice Fern “Polypodium glycyrrhiza”,  Polypody Family (Polypodiaceae)  Perennial, plant 6-24″ tall, leaves pinnate (like a feather) and the leaflets are arranged alternately, creeping rhizome with a licorice taste.  Common on rocks, logs and trees in Western OR. & WA. and more noticeable during the rainy season.  Photo:  Near Rainier, OR.  10/26/2006






Peggy the Train

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

Peggy is a “shay”  and was built in 1909 by the Lima Locomotive Works in Lima, Ohio.   She was shipped around Cape Horn and unloaded in Seattle.  She worked in the woods in the Pacific Northwest and retired in 1950.  Notice the absence of the large horizontal cylinders.  Shays had two or three small vertical cylinders and were better adapted for use in the woods.  When my dad was a boy he used to watch the shays push a string of cars loaded with logs across the high trestles and then a shay on the other side would hook up to the cars to pull them on across.  Photo:  Forestry Center in Portland, Or 10/20/2009


Parasol Mushroom “Lepiota procera”

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014


Parasol Mushroom “Lepiota procera”  The stalk is 5- 15″ tall and the cap is 3-10″ in diameter.  The cap is smooth and brown early on but is soon covered with shaggy scales.  Gills white and not attached to stalk.  A ” Veil” covers the gills initially but it eventually becomes a prominent double-edged ring on the stalk.  Near Rainier, OR. Top Photos:  10/20/2006 & Bottom Photo 10/25/2011

Scaly Chanterelle “Gomphus kauffmanii”

Tuesday, 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.

Portland Japanese Garden

Sunday, September 28th, 2014

Portland Japanese Garden Portland, OR.  Five and a half acres of superb form and color.  Fall is tough to beat.  Photos: 10/30/2008

Blue Elderberries “Sambucus mexicana”

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Blue Elderberry “Sambucus mexicana” Honeysuckle Family (Caprifoliaceae)  Perennial, shrub 6-24′ tall, flowers small and white in a flat topped cluster, berries blue and dusted with a white waxy powder.  Blooms in summer in moist forest and shrubby areas throughout Or. & Wa.  The birds and the wine makers are fond of the berries.   Photo: Near Rainier, Or. 10/8/2008

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Big ship, little boat

Monday, August 25th, 2014

The big ship is is loaded with automobiles and it has the right-away The little boat is manned by a fisherman who wasn’t all that impressed. The ship blew its horn a lot but there was no collision. Photo: Rainier, Or 10/09/2013_MG_6173 - Version 2

American Mink

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

American Mink “Mustela vison”,  Found near streams, rivers and marshes throughout the U.S.  Approximately 2 feet long, up to 3 pounds and primarily nocturnal.  This animal was feasting on a Canada Goose at Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden.  Photo:  Portland Oregon 10/24/2013

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Song Sparrow

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

Song Sparrow “Melospiza melodia”   “Fairly long-tailed,, round-headed and stout billed; coarsely streaked with bold brown lateral throat-stripe and central breast-spot.  Soft call note very distinctive.  Length 6.25 inches, wingspan 8.25 inches and weight 0.7 ounces.  From: “Sibley Guide to Birds”.  Photo:  Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden in Portland, OR 10/24/2013




Shaggy Mane

Monday, October 28th, 2013

Shaggy Mane “Coprinus comatus” White, scaly, cylindrical mushroom that eventually expands into a bell shape . They appear “inky” around the edges as they age. The stalk is about 8 inches tall and the cap is 2 to 3 inches in diameter. They are said to be edible. Photo: Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden Portland, OR 10/24/2013

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