Archive for October, 2008
Field Chickweed “Cerastium arvense” Pink Family (Caryophyllaceae). Perennial, plant 6-18″ tall, flowers white with five deeply lobed petals and approx. 1/2″ in diameter . Blooms in meadows and on rocky outcrops in Or. & Wa. in Spring & Summer. (This isn’t the chickweed that grows in your garden.)
Photo: Cone Peak near Sweet Home, Or. 6/18/2007 © 2007 mkellar
Few-Flowered Lomatium “Lomatium martindalei” Parsley Family (Apiaceae). Perennial, plant 6-12″ tall, leaves bluish green, flowers pale yellow in umbel clusters. Blooms early summer in dry meadows and rocky outcrops from the Cascades to the coast in Or. & Wa.
Photo: Cone Peak near Sweet Home, Or. 6/04/07 © 2007 mkellar
Legend has it that Mt Mazama was destroyed in a battle between the sky god Skell and Llao the god of the underworld. This apparently took place around 5700 BC producing a caldera lake 5 or 6 miles across with a maximum depth of 1,949 feet. See (Crater Lake in Wikipedia)
Photo 8/29/2004 © 2004 mkellar
Sitka Mountain Ash “Sorbus sitchensis” Rose Family (Rosaceae). Perennial shrub 3-12′ tall, flowers small and white in a round topped cluster, fruit bright red and edible but very tart. Blooms in summer on rocky slopes at higher elevations in Or. & Wa.
Photo: Olympic Mts. in N.W. Wa. 8/30/2006 © 2006 mkellar
Showy Jacob’s Ladder “Polemonium californicum” Phlox Family (Polemoniaceae). Perennial, plant 6-12″ tall, leaves divided into leaflets, flowers blue to violet with a blue or yellow throat. Blooms midsummer in mixed woods at higher elevations in the Cascade and Blue Mts. of Or. & Wa.
Photo: Mt. Emily near La Grande, Or. 6/13/2007 © 2007 mkellar