Archive for January, 2010

Waldo Rock Cress “Arabis aculeolata”

Sunday, January 31st, 2010

Waldo Rock Cress “Arabis aculeolata” Mustard Family (Brassicaceae). Perennial, plant 8-15″ tall, leaves are in basal rosettes, flowers bright pink to rose and approx 5/8″ in diameter.  Found only in the serpentine soils of the Siskiyou Mts. near the Or-Ca border and listed as rare.  Photo: Rough & Ready Creek near Cave Junction, Or. 4/28/2007 © Marvin Kellar

Prairie Star “Lithophragma parviflora”

Sunday, January 24th, 2010

Prairie Star “Lithophragma parviflora” Saxifrage Family (Saxifragaceae)  Perennial, plant 4-12″ tall, leaves are basal with multiple divisions, flowers approx 0.5″ in diameter with  5-11 pink to white petals, each of which are divided into 3 lobes.  Blooms in early spring in grasslands and dry open areas throughout OR & WA.  Photo Catherine Creek near Lyle WA,  3/13/2007  © Marvin Kellar

Portland Classical Chinese Garden

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

The Classical Chinese Garden is a scholars garden located in Portland’s old town district.  The garden occupies a full city block and the design provides quiet seclusion in the midst of a bustling city.  The teahouse provides beverages and light dinning.  The hours are daily from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Prices are adults $8.50,seniors $7.50 and children $6.50.  Photo:  Portland, Or 3/16/2007  © Marvin Kellar

Battle Rock near Port Orford

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

Captain William Tichenor landed 9 men and supplies on Battle Rock in 1851 near present day Port Orford and then steamed away on his ship.  The group was not well received by the natives and they had a skirmish for a couple of weeks and then slipped away from their rocky fortress to join a European settlement further north.   Photo:  Port Orford, OR 3/19/2009  © Marvin Kellar

Spotted Sandpiper “Actitus macularia”

Thursday, January 14th, 2010

Spotted Sandpiper “Actitus macularia”  Length 7″, wingspan 15 and weight 1.5 ounces.  Spots are absent in non-breeding birds.  Common throughout Or & Wa and generally seen singularly around lakes, ponds and streams.  Photo:  Anthony Lake in Northeastern Oregon 7/13/2005  © Marvin Kellar

Mt Hood, Oregon

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

This is the view of Mt Hood from the Elk Rock Garden of the Bishop’s Close.  Photo:  1/10/2010  © Marvin Kellar

Chinese Witch Hazel “Hamamelis mollis”

Monday, January 11th, 2010

Chinese Witch Hazel “Hamamelis  mollis” Perennial, shrub 10-15″ tall and wide, a very early bloomer with bright yellow flowers and very fragrant.  Photo:  Elk Rock, the Garden of the Bishop’s Close, 11800 SW Military Lane, Portland, OR  1/10/2010  © Marvin Kellar

Bonneville Shooting Star “Dodecathean conjugens”

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

Bonneville Shooting Star “Dodecathean conjugens” Primrose Family (Primulaceae)  Perennial, plant 6-12″ tall, flowers usually magenta developing white and yellow banding at the dark maroon or black base.  Blooms spring in damp areas in Eastern OR and WA.  Photo:  Along the John Day River in Eastern OR  4/29/2006 © Marvin Kellar