Archive for June, 2009

Great Blue Heron “Ardea herodias”

Sunday, June 21st, 2009

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Great Blue Heron “Ardea herodias”  Length 46″. wingspan 72″ and weight 5.3 lbs,  This long legged bird is common seen wading in shallow ponds throughout the United States.  Photo:  Trojan Ponds near Rainier, Or 6/11/2009  © Marvin Kellar

Dwarf Skullcap “Scutellaria nana”

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

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Dwarf Skullcap “Scutellaria nana” Mint Family (Lamiaceae)  Perennial, Plant 3-6″ tall, leaves basal, flowers 3/4″ and tubular with a ridge, white to light yellow and lower lip purple spotted.  Blooms early summer in dry volcanic soils in Or and Wa  Photo near Bend Or 6/9/2009  © Marvin Kellar

Shrubby Penstemon “Penstemon fruticosus var. fruticosus”

Monday, June 15th, 2009

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Shrubby Penstemon “Penstemon fruticosus var. fruticosus” Snapdragon Family (Scrophulariaceae).  Perennial, Plant 3-8″ tall forming broad mats.  Leaves dark green and leathery.  Flowers lavender, tubular and 1-2″ long.  Blooms summer in rocky areas at higher elevations in Or & Wa.  Photo:  Three Creeks Lake Road near Sisters, Or.  6/10/2009  © Marvin Kellar


Nootka Rose “Rosa nutkana”

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

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Nootka Rose “Rosa nutkana” Rose Family (Rosaceae)  Perennial, plant 3-6′ tall.  Leaves divided into 3-7 segments.  Flowers solitary, pink and 2-3″ across.  Blooms late spring-early summer in damp areas in Western Or & Wa and in the Blue Mts. of S.E. Wa. & N.E. Or.  Photo:  Near Rainier, Or  6/08/2009  © Marvin Kellar

Cascara “Rhamnus purshiana”

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

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Cascara “Rhamnus purshiana” Buckthorn Family (Rhamnaceae)  Perennial Small tree to 30′, leaves 3-6″ long and strongly ribbed, flowers less than 1/4″ diameter and greenish, berries purplish black.  Blooms late spring-early summer in the open woods of Western Or and Wa.  The bark has been harvested for its laxative qualities.  Photo:  Near Rainier, Or 6/08/2009  © Marvin Kellar

Ninebark “Physocarpus capitatus”

Monday, June 8th, 2009

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Ninebark “Physocarpus capitatus” Rose Family (Rosaceae)  Perennial, Shrub 6-20′ tall, bark shredding into several layers,  flower approx 0.5″ diameter and formed in a ball.  Blooms late spring-early summer along streams and other moist areas in Western Or and Wa.  Photo:  Near Rainier, Or 6/08/2009  © Marvin Kellar

Woods Buttercup “Ranunculus uncinatus”

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

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Woods Buttercup “Ranunculus uncinatus” Buttercup Family (Ranunculaceae). Perennial, 6-24″ tall, leaves lobed and sub-divided, flowers with 2-5 yellow petals that are relatively inconspicuous or absent.  Blooms in late spring-early summer in moist woods and along streams throughout Or & Wa.  Photo: Near Rainier, Or 5/12/2005  © Marvin Kellar

Multnomah Falls

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

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Multnomah Falls is the fourth highest in the U.S.   The water falls 542′ into a plunge pool and then falls an additional 69′ in a secondary falls at the base before it flows into the Columbia River.  Photo:  Columbia River Gorge, OR 2/01/2005  © Marvin Kellar