Archive for November, 2009

Spreading Dogbane “Apocynum androsaemifolium”

Monday, November 30th, 2009


Spreading Dogbane “Apocynum androsaemifolium” Dogbane Family (Apocynaceae), Perennial, plant 8-18″ tall, flowers 1/4″ bell shaped pink to white.  Blooms all summer in dry shaded areas, widespread throughout Or & Wa other than coastal areas.  Dogbane tends to be weedy, but butterflies find it very attractive.  Photo:  Near Hog Creek in Grant County, Or 7/14/2006 © Marvin Kellar

Rock Onion “Allium macrum”

Thursday, November 26th, 2009


Rock Onion “Allium macrum”  Lily Family (Liliaceae) Perennial, plant 2-4″ tall, leaves very slender, flowers light pink to white, anthers have purplish pollen.  Blooms in late spring in stoney-clay soils in Eastern Or & Wa.  Photo:  Near Maupin, Or 4/06/2007  © Marvin Kellar

Bighorn Sheep “Ovis canadensis”

Monday, November 23rd, 2009


Bighorn Sheep “Ovis canadensis” Male height 3-3.5′, length 5-6′ and weight 140-130 lbs. and the females are smaller. Our original population of Big Horn Sheep were eliminated by hunting and diseases in the early 1900’s. The sheep that are now in the wild were reintroduced from other areas. The horns on sheep in the desert are proportionally larger than those in the north. Photo: Northwest Trek near Eatonville, Wa. 11/14/2009  © Marvin Kellar

Gentner’s Fritillary “Fritillaria gentneri”

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009


Gentner’s Fritillary “Fritillaria gentneri” (Liliaceae) Perennial bulb, plant 1 -2.5′ tall, leaves in whorls and alternate on the upper stem, flowers bell only slightly recurved. Blooms in mid spring in dry woods and shrubs in the Siskiyous of S.W. Oregon. Thought to be a natural occurring cross between Fritillaria recurva” and “Fritillaria affinis and is listed as a rare and endangered plant. Photo: Jacksonville, Or 4/27/2007  © Marvin Kellar

Empress of the North

Monday, November 9th, 2009


The Empress of the North previously cruised the Columbia River and the Alaska Inside Passage until it hit a rock near Juneau, Alaska. It is now up for sale and interested parties should contact the US Marine Administration. Photo: Rainier, Or 3/20/2006  © Marvin Kellar

Cherry blossom

Thursday, November 5th, 2009


Cherry blossom at the Chinese Garden. The backlighting was too much to pass up. Spring is a ways away but it is worth waiting for. Photo: Chinese Garden in Portland, Or 3/16/2007  © Marvin Kellar

Summer home

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009


Needs a little paint but it has a great view! Photo: Near Burn’s Or. 7/06/2009  © Marvin Kellar

Mountain Phlox “Phlox austromontana”

Monday, November 2nd, 2009


Mountain Phlox “Phlox austromontana” Phlox Family (Polemoniaceae) Perennial, plants 10″ tall and compact, leaves narrow, flowers white to pink. Blooms in summer in rocky soils in northeast Or. Photo: Strawberry Mt in Eastern Or 6/20/2009  © Marvin Kellar

California Sea Lion “Zalophus californianus”

Sunday, November 1st, 2009


California Sea Lion “Zalophus californianus” Males are up to 8′ long and 1,000 lbs. The females are up to 6′ and 600 lbs. The sea lions are trying to get at a fish frozen in a “fishsicle” bobbing in the water on a strap. This little boy walked up just as I was getting ready to take my picture but as it turns out, he is the picture. Photo: The Oregon Zoo in Portland, Or 9/30/2005  © Marvin Kellar