Archive for October, 2008

Portland Japanese Garden

Thursday, October 30th, 2008

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Portland Japanese Garden

Thursday, October 30th, 2008

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Field Chickweed “Cerastium arvense”

Monday, October 27th, 2008

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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”

Friday, October 24th, 2008

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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

Crater Lake, Oregon

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

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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

Mountain Ash “Sorbus sitchensis”

Friday, October 10th, 2008

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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”

Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

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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