Archive for August, 2010

Lewis and Clark Bridge

Monday, August 30th, 2010

Lewis and Clark Bridge spanning the Columbia between Rainier, OR and Longview WA..  The Chinook salmon are running and there are lots of fishermen in little boats trying to catch them.  This nice looking fish weighs 26 pounds and occasionally they catch them weighing over 40 pounds.  Photo 8/27/2010  © Marvin Kellar

Belted Kingfisher “Ceryle alcyon”

Sunday, August 29th, 2010

Belted Kingfisher “Ceryle alcyon” Female.  Length 13″, wingspan 20″ and weight 5 ounces.  Females have a russet waist band and it is absent in the males.  They  plunge dive to catch fish and give a noisy staccato call when they fly away.  Their nests are located in tunnels that are excavated in dirt banks.  Widespread throughout North America.  Photo:  Along the Columbia River at Rainier, OR 8/26/2010 © Marvin Kellar

Drift Creek Falls

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

Proceed 9 miles South on Bear Creek Road from Hwy 18 to the parking lot and trail head. The road is for the most part paved, follow the road most travelled which has an occasional sign that says Drift Creek Camp.  It is a well maintained trail and is 1.25  miles to “The Bridge”.  This is a suspension bridge 240 feet long, 29.5 inches wide with a sway of less than 2 inches and it crosses over Drift Creek 100 feet below. Follow the trail another quarter mile to the falls and of course there is a lot more water going over the 80 foot falls in the Spring than during the Summer.  The only catch to this hike is that it is all up hill on the trip back to the parking lot but that provides a great opportunity to stop and enjoy the native plants growing along the trail.  Additional information is available in the hiking books published by Paul Gerald and William Sullivan.  Photo 8/21/2010  © Marvin Kellar

Canada Goldenrod “Solidago canadensis”

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

Canada Goldenrod “Solidago canadensis” Sunflower Family (Asteraceae)  Perennial, plant 2-5′ tall, flowers form a pyramid containing many small flowering heads containing a few disk flowers surrounded by about a dozen short ray flowers.  Blooms late summer throughout OR & WA.  Photo:  Cascade Head near Lincoln City, OR  8/20/2010  © Marvin Kellar

Musk Monkeyflower “Mimulus moschatus”

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

Musk Monkeyflower “Mimulus moschatus” Snapdragon Family (Scrophulariaceae). Perennial, plant 3-12″ tall, flowers yellow with five equal lobes, red dots in the throat and a musky scent.  Blooms May to August in damp areas throughout OR & WA.  Photo:  Cascade Head near Lincoln City, OR  8/20/2010  © Marvin Kellar

Coastal Boykinia “Boykinia occidentalis”

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

Coastal Boykinia “Boykinia occidentalis” Saxifrage Family (Saxifragaceae)  Perennial, plant 6-24″ tall, leaves mostly basal, heart shaped and lobed, flowers small and white.  Blooms summer in moist areas along the coast in OR & WA.  Photo:  Drift Creek Falls near Lincoln City, OR 8/21/2010  © Marvin Kellar

Deer Fern “Blechnum spicant”

Sunday, August 22nd, 2010

Deer Fern “Blechnum spicant” Deer Fern Family (Blechnaceae).  Evergreen, Rosette of numerous pinnate, sterile fronds 6-36″ long.  Erect fertile fronds 15-50″ tall arising from the center, fronds less numerous and the pinnae are farther apart.  Moist areas along the coast and in the mountains.  Photo:  Near Lincoln City, OR 8/21/2010  © Marvin Kellar

Coyote Mint “Mondardella odoratissima”

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

Coyote Mint “Monardella odoratissima” Mint Family (Lamiaceae). Perennial, plant 8-24″ tall, flowers purple to white, growing out of a cup shaped bract, pleasantly aromatic. Cascade & Siskiyou Mts., Eastern OR & WA.  Photo:  Steen’s Mt. in S.E. Or. 7/12/ 2006  © Marvin Kellar

Ocean Spray “Holodiscus discolor”

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010


Ocean Spray “Holodiscus discolor” Rose Family (Rosaceae).  Perennial, shrub 4-9′ tall, straight slender stems with alternate leaves 1-5″ long, flowers white to cream on leafless sprays 5-10″ long and about as wide, the individual flowers are approx. 1/8″ in diameter. Blooms in late spring in rocky open areas and moist woods throughout OR & WA.   Photo:  Near Rainier, Or. 7/8/2007  © Marvin Kellar

Pearly Everlasting “Anaphalis margaritacea”

Monday, August 16th, 2010

Pearly Everlating “Anaphalis margaritacea” Sunflower Family (Asteracea).  Perennial, plant 1-3′ tall, crowded heads of yellow disk flowers surrounded by white bracts.  Blooms midsummer, woods and roadsides.  Cascades to the coast & east side forests in Or & WA.  Photo:  Cone Peak near Sweet Home, OR. 8/28/2007  © Marvin Kellar