Archive for May, 2009

Green Corn Lily “Veratrum viride”

Thursday, May 28th, 2009


Green Corn Lily “Veratrum viride” Lily Family (Liliaceae)  Perennial, plant 3-6′ tall, leaves 12-15″ long with coarse parallel veins, flowers yellow to green and clustered on lateral stems,  Blooms in late summer in wet mountain meadows in Or & Wa. Photo: Mount Adams on 7/28/2007  © Marvin Kellar

Astoria-Megler Bridge

Monday, May 25th, 2009


The Astoria-Megler Bridge taken from Coxcomb hill just South of Astoria.  The bridge is approximately 4 miles long and foot traffic is not permitted with the exception of a half day in October when they hold their annual bridge walk.  The bridge replaced a ferry system in 1966.  Photo:  Overlooking Astoria, Or 5/21/2009  © Marvin Kellar

The Astoria Column

Monday, May 25th, 2009


The Astoria Column located on Coxcomb Hill overlooking Astoria.  The column is 125′ tall and 500 feet of artwork depicting the history of Astoria spirals up the column.  You can purchase small balsa wood gliders to launch off the top of the tower.  Photo:  Near Astoria, Or  5/21/2009  © Marvin Kellar

The Peter Iredale

Thursday, May 21st, 2009


The Peter Iredale was a four masted steel sailing vessel that ran aground on the beach 10/25/1906 on the Oregon Coast four miles south of the Columbia River.  The ship was sold for scrap and 103 years later, there isn’t much left to see.  Several kite boarders scampered by in the surf while I was there.  The times they are a changing.  Photo:  Near Warrenton, Or. just south of the Columbia River 5/21/2009.  © Marvin Kellar

Cow Parsnip “Heracleum lanatum”

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009


Cow Parsnip “Heracleum lanatum ” Parsley Family (Apiaceae)  Perennial, plant 1-10′ tall, leaves lobed and toothed 3-15″ broad, flowers heads 3-15″ across with many small white flowers.  Blooms late spring-early summer in moist shady locations throughout Or & Wa.  Photo:  Saddle Mt. near Seaside, Or 5/13/2005  © Marvin Kellar

Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge

Sunday, May 17th, 2009


Red-winged Blackbird “Agelaius phoeniceus”  Holding court while perched on a teasel.  L 8.75″, wingspan 13″ and weight 1.8oz.  Widespread in Or. and Wa.  Photo:  Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge near Vancouver, Wa. 5/16/2009  © Marvin Kellar

_mg_5510_1_1Painted Turtle “Chrysemys picta”  Turtles eat plants and small animals and they hibernate in mud at the bottom of ponds during the winter.  Common in the Eastern and Central U.S. and in the Pacific Northwest.  Photo: Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge near Vancouver, Wa 5/16/2009  © Marvin Kellar



Great Blue Heron “Ardea herodias”  Length 46″. wingspan 72″ and weight 5.3#,  This long legged bird is commonly seen wading in shallow ponds throughout the United States.  Photo:  Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge near Vancouver, Wa 5/16/2009 © Marvin Kellar

Whipple Vine “Whipplea modesta”

Friday, May 15th, 2009


Whipple Vine “Whipplea modesta” Hydrangea Family (Hydrangeaceae).  Perennial, plant 1-3′ trailing vine with vertical branches, leaves opposite, flowers 5 white petals with 8-12 stamens.  Blooms in late spring-early summer in Western Or in open woods.  Photo:  Near Selma, Or in S.E. Or 4/28/2009  © Marvin Kellar

Wild Cucumber “Marah oreganus”

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009


Wild Cucumber “Marah oreganus” Gourd Family (Cucurbitaceae).  Perennial, Plant 5-25′ vine with supportive tendrils, leaves 6-8″ with 5-7 lobes, flowers white and cup-shaped, fruit gourd shaped, 2-3″ long, gourd shaped and inedible.  Blooms spring near wooded areas in Western Or & Wa.  Photo:  Near Rainier, OR 4/28/2007  © Marvin Kellar

Elkhorn “Clarkia pulchella”

Monday, May 11th, 2009

Yes, there really are Lewisias and Clarkias.  Elkhorns aka “Clarkia pulchella” (pretty clarkia) are found throughout Eastern Oregon.  On Zumwalt Prairie north of Joseph, they show up as big patches of pink.  Four three lobed petals with a conspicuous four lobed white stigma, waiting for some unsuspecting insect to distribute pollen.  I never really noticed the four coiled anthers until after I had looked at the picture.  This annual blooms in early summer.

Photo: NE of Prineville  7/10/07   © 2007 mkellar

Vaux Swift “Çhaetura vauxi”

Monday, May 11th, 2009


Vaux Swift “Chaetura vauxi”  Length 5″, wingspan 12″ and weight 0.6oz.  These are first cousins to the chimney swifts of Eastern U.S. and in April/May and September/ October they stop over here during their migration to and from Venezuela.   They swirl about and then stream into this little chimney in the evening right at dusk.  Swifts don’t perch on limbs or wires.  They are limited to vertical surfaces and must grasp the bark or bricks while leaning back on their stiff-spined tails for additional support.  There are probably well over a thousand of them .  Photo:  Rainier, Or 9/22/2006