Archive for October, 2009

Pacific Treefrog “Pseudacris regilla”

Monday, October 26th, 2009


Pacific Treefrog “Pseudacris regilla”  These little frogs (1.5 inches long) are brown or green with a characteristic black stripe extending from the snout to the shoulder. The males call in a great chorus and they can make quite a racket.  Photo:  Near Rainier, Or 9/04/2006  © Marvin Kellar

Oregon Mycological Society Fall Show

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009


The Annual Oregon Mycological Society Fall Show in Portland, Or. is in October.  The displays are artistically done and very educational.  There are experts at the ready, demonstrations and lots of books.  The bottom photo is a succession of  the developing Parasol Mushroom “Lepiota procera”.  Photo:  Forestry Center, Portland, Oregon 12/18/2009  © Marvin Kellar

Russian Thistle “Salsola kali”

Monday, October 19th, 2009


Russian Thistle “Salsola kali” Goosefoot Family (Chenopodiaceae)  Annual, plants 1-4′ tall, stems are green to red, flowers without petals but the bracts are the same color as the stems and are spine-like.  When the plants die, they break loose from their roots and then turn into the more familiar tumbleweeds.  They distribute their approx 50,000 seeds as they travel.  Blooms in late summer in disturbed areas in Eastern Or & Wa.  It is not a native and it is originally from Russia and Siberia.  Photo:  Near Sherars Bridge by the Deschutes River 10/01/2009  © Marvin Kellar

Jeffrey Pine “Pinus jeffreyi”

Sunday, October 18th, 2009


Jeffrey Pine “Pinus jeffreyi” Pine Family (Pinaceae)  Tree growing 90 or 100 feet tall, needles in bundles of three (or two and three), cones generally greater than 6″ long, bark has vanilla/pineapple/chocolate odor.  Similar to ponderosa pine but trees growing on serpentine soils (high in magnesium) are more apt to be Jeffrey pines.  The resins from the two species are different chemically but they are lumped together by the loggers.  This tree was growing on serpentine soil and was 12 – 15″ in diameter and 12-15′ tall.  Photo:  Rough and Ready Wayside near Cave Junction, Or. 10/08/2009


Thursday, October 15th, 2009


Sunset over the wheat fields in Eastern Oregon.  Photo:  Near Pendleton, Oregon 7/16/2009 © Marvin Kellar

Gray Rabbitbrush “Ericameria nauseosa Subsp. nauseosa var. speciosa”

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009


Gray Rabbitbrush “Ericameria nauseosa Subsp. nauseosa var. speciosa”  Sunflower Family (Asteraceae)  Perennial, plant 2- 5 ‘ tall, stems and leaves gray or white, flower heads of yellow disk flowers, very odiferous.  Blooms in late summer in dry areas in Eastern Wa & Or and in the Siskiyous.  Photo:  Rough & Ready Wayside near Cave Junction, Or. 10/08/2009  © Marvin Kellar

Deschutes River Canyon

Thursday, October 8th, 2009


Deschutes River Canyon  This train is headed for Maupin on a fairly steep grade and there are two more engines bringing up the rear.  Photo:  Just south of Sherars Bridge  10/01/2009 © Marvin Kellar

American Magpie “Pica hudsonia”

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009


American Magpie “Pica hudsonia”  Length 19″, wing span 25″, weight 6 ounces. This sassy bird is feasting on road kill.  Magpies in the Sacramento Valley have yellow bills.  Photo:  Near Dufur south of The Dalles, Or 10/01/2009 © Marvin Kellar

Columbia Goldenweed “Ericameria resinosa”

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009


Columbia Goldenweed “Ericameria resinosa”  Aster Family (Asteraaceae)  Perennial, plant 1-2′ tall, leaves narrow and 1/2″ long, flower heads white or yellow, the 10-15 florets in the disk are 3/8″ in diameter with prominent stigmas, ray flowers are white and 0-7 in number.  Blooms in late summer in rocky soils in Eastern Or & WA.   Photo:  Along the Deschute River near Sherars Bridge 10/01/2009  © Marvin Kellar

Deschutes River Fisherman

Monday, October 5th, 2009


This young Native American places his pole straight down in the water below Sherars Falls and waits for the fish to find their way into the net (there is a rope attached to net ring to keep it in place).  Pull the net up periodically and see what you have.  Remove the fish and put it in your fish box.  The pole is probably twenty feet long and there is a lot of work to fishing this way.   This is probably a steelhead and he threw it back.  Photo:  Near Sherars Bridge 10/01/2009  © Marvin Kellar