Archive for December, 2009

Black-Tailed Deer “Odocoileus hemionus columbianus

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009


Black-Tailed Deer “Odocoileus hemionus columbianus.  Sub species of the mule deer found west of the Cascades in Or & Wa.  This is probably a yearling doe.  Photo:  N.W. Trek near Eatonville, Wa west of Mt Rainier 11/14/2009  © Marvin Kellar

Bicolor Triteleia “Triteleia grandiflora var howellii”

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009


Bicolor Triteleia “Triteleia grandiflora var howellii”   Lily Family (Liliaceae). Perennial, scaly corm, leaves grass like, flowers tubular and white with blue stripe.  Blooms in late spring in grassland in the Columbia River Gorge, Siskiyou Mts  and Blue Mts.  Photo:  The Dalles Mt in the Columbia River Gorge  5/05/2007  © Marvin Kellar

Broad-leaf Lupine “Lupinus latifolius var thompsonianus”

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009


Broad-leaf Lupine “Lupinus latifolius var thompsonianus” Pea Family (Fabaceae)  Perennial, plant 1-3′ tall, flowers blue or purple with white or yellow area that darkens with age, leaves with multiple divisions and long soft hairs.  Blooms spring-summer in open meadows in the Columbia River Gorge.  Photo:  The Dalles Mt., Wa. 5/05/2007 © Marvin Kellar

Tall Bluebells “Mertensia paniculata”

Thursday, December 17th, 2009


Tall Bluebells “Mertensia paniculata” Borage Family (Boraginaceae).  Perennial plant 2-5′ tall, blue & occasionally pink bell shaped flowers in loose clusters.  Blooms in early summer in the moist meadows of the Cascades, Blue Mts of Or and Wa and the Olympics Mts in Wa.  Photo:   South of Lostine in N.E. Or. 6/28/2004  © Marvin Kellar

Leslie Gulch

Monday, December 14th, 2009


Leslie Gulch is located near the upper end of Owyhee Lake near the Idaho border.  The rock formations are gorgeous and well worth the visit.  The road is auto accessable when it is dry but you probably should have four wheel drive when it is wet.  They also warn you to watch out for flash floods.  The rock formations tower above the roadway and they are very colorful.  Early morning is considered to be the best time for viewing the rock formations.  Photo:  Leslie Gulch  7/13/2006 © Marvin Kellar

Peck’s Thistle “Cirsium peckii”

Sunday, December 13th, 2009


Peck’s Thistle “Cirsium peckii” Sunflower Family (Asteraceae).  Perennial plant 2-4′ tall, single, unbranched stem, leaves deeply divided and mostly hairless, flowers light lavender.  Blooms in summer in disturbed soil and limited to Steen’s Mt in S.E. Oregon.  Photo:  Steen’s Mt. 7/12/2006  © Marvin Kellar

Prickly Sandwort “Minuartia aculeata”

Thursday, December 10th, 2009



Prickly Sandwort “Minuartia aculeata” Pink Family (Caryophyllaceae)  Perennial plant 2-8″ tall with prickly blue green foliage, petals white with conspicuous pinkish-brown anthers.  Booms in summer in dry rocky mountainous areas of Eastern Or & Wa.  Photo:  Steens Mt in S.E. Or 7/12/2006  © Marvin Kellar

Seven-Spotted LadyBird Beetle

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009


Seven Spotted LadyBird Beetle “Coccinella septempunctata”.  In Germany they are called the Lady-beetles of the Virgin Mary” and they help to control grapevine pests.  This one has seven spots and it is native to Europe.  They are many different species of lady bugs.  Some of them have no spots and there are others that have twenty.  Our common native lady-bug has nine spots but their numbers are on the decline.  Photo:  Mt Emily near La Grande, OR 7/13/2006  © Marvin Kellar

Field Crescent “Phyciodes pulchellus”2

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009


Field Crescent “Phyciodes pulchellus”  (Wingspan 1.5″) on what is probably a Philadelphia Daisy. “Erigeron philadelphicus” Aster Family (Asteraceae) plant 1-4′ tall, Disk flowers yellow with 150 or more white or pinkish ray flowers  Blooms in summer in moist meadows or woods in Or & Wa, Photo:  Hog Creek in Grant County, Or 7/14/2006  © Marvin Kellar

Belted Galloways (Oreo Cows)

Sunday, December 6th, 2009


I was headed out to take some pictures of a waterfall when I was greeted by these Belted Galloway Cows.  They are beef cattle from Scotland and were introduced into the United States in the 1950’s They were as intrigued with me as I was with them.  Photo:  Near Mehama, Or just East of Salem 12/07/2007 © Marvin Kellar