Archive for October, 2008

Portland Japanese Garden

Thursday, October 30th, 2008


Portland Japanese Garden

Thursday, October 30th, 2008


Field Chickweed “Cerastium arvense”

Monday, October 27th, 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”

Friday, October 24th, 2008


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


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


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


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