Archive for January, 2009

Black Tailed Deer

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

_mg_4317Young Black Tailed Deer rooting for apples in the snow in the orchard behind our house.  Black Tails and Mule deer are considered to be varieties of the same species.  They eat grass and browse freely, particularly if it is something that you planted and wanted to keep.  Photo:  Near Rainier, Or 12/20/2008  ©2008 Marvin Kellar

Sitka Valerian “Valeriana sitchensis”

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

crw_7887_1_1_1Sitka Valerian “Valeriana sitchensis” Valerian Family (Valerianaceae).  Perennial, plant 1-4′ tall, flowers white or pinkish with pistil and stamens extending beyond the petals.  Blooms in mid-summer at higher elevations in meadows in the mountains of OR & WA.  Photo:  Mt Rainier, WA on 7/27/2006 ©2006 Marvin Kellar

Magenta Paintbrush “Castilleja parviflora”

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

img_0848_1Magenta Paintbrush “Castilleja parviflora” Snap Dragon Family (Schrophulariaceae).  Perennial,  plant 8-16″ tall, flowers green to yellowish green and tubular in the midst of rose-purple bracts.  Blooms midsummer in alpine meadows in mid to high elevations in the Olympic mts of WA and the Cascades Of Or & WA.   Photo;  Mt Rainier, WA 7/26/2006 ©2006 Marvin Kellar

Fan-Leaf Cinquefoil “Potentilla flabellifolia”

Sunday, January 25th, 2009

img_0930_1Fan-Leaf Cinquefoil “Potentilla flabellifolia” Rose Family (Rosaceae)  Perennial, plant 6-12″ tall, leaves fan shaped with 3 leaflets, flowers with 5 yellow petals and approx 20 stamens.  Blooms all summer in meadows at higher elevations in the Cascades of OR & WA, Olympics in WA and in Eastern OR & WA.  Photo:  Mt. Rainier, WA  7/27/2006.  ©2006 Marvin Kellar

Mount Hood

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

_mg_4404_1_1_1_1Mount Hood is volcanic in origin and is located approximately 50 miles east-southeast of Portland, OR.  This peak is 11,249′ above sea level.  The last major  eruption was in 1781-82 and there was a minor eruption in 1907.  Photo:  Near Estacada, OR 1/22/2009  © 2009 mkellar

Tatoosh Mountains

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

img_0927_1Tatoosh Mountains view as seen from Paradise on the south side of Mt.Rainier with Sitka Valerian “Valerian sitchensis” , Pasqueflower “Anemone occidentalis” Subalpine Lupine ” Lupinus latifolius”, and Magenta Paintbrush “Castilleja parviflora”.  Photo:   Mt Rainier, WA 7/27/2006  © 2006 mkellar

Goldthread “Coptis laciniata” with seeds

Monday, January 19th, 2009

img_1943_1Goldthread “Coptis laciniata” Buttercup Family (Ranunculaceae).  Perennial, plant 4-8″ tall, leaves divided into 3 leaflets which are divided into lobes, flowers white with 5-7 narrow sepals and 5-7 shorter and narrow petals.  Seeds stalked and arranged in a rosette.  Roots are a deep yellow beneath the bark.  Blooms in the spring in the moist woods and stream banks of Western OR & WA.  Photo:  Little River near Glide, Or. 4/25/08  © 2008 mkellar

Smelt Dipping on the Cowlitz

Thursday, January 15th, 2009

img_0973_1Smelt dipping on the Cowlitz River just upriver from Kelso, WA.  Smelt spend most of their lives in the ocean and return to fresh water to breed. They are about 8″ long and dipped out of the river with nets by fishermen standing along the bank or from boats.  Smelt are fried or smoked and often eaten whole.  The fish “run” in large schools in January and February but they were playing hooky when I was there and the nets were coming up empty.  Photo: 2/23/2008  © 2008 mkellar

Cusick’s Speedwell “Veronica cusikii”

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009


Cusick’s Speedwell “Veronica cusickii”  Snapdragon Family (Scrophulariiaceae).  Perennial, Plant 2-8″ tall, flowers deep blue approx 0.5″ in diameter with long pistil and stamens.  Blooms in midsummer in moist meadows at elevations of 4,000-12,000′ in Or. & Wa.  Photo:  Mt Rainier, WA. 8/02/2007   © 2007 mkellar

Wood Betony “Pedicularis bracteosa”

Monday, January 12th, 2009


Wood Betony “Pedicularis bracteosa” Snapdragon Family (Scrophulariaceae).  Perennial, plant 1-4″ tall, leaves fern like, flowers greenish yellow to cream.  Early summer in the Cascades of Or. & Wa., Olympics Mts of N.W. Wa. & Blue Mts of N.E. Or.

Photo: Mt Rainier, Wa. 7/27/2007   © 2007 mkellar