Archive for October, 2010

Nutria “Myocastor coypus”

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Nutria “Myocastor coypus”  Adult body length less than 25″ and the tail is about half as long.  Weight up to 25 lbs.  They are larger than a muskrat but smaller than a beaver and have a rat like tail.  Introduced from South America by fur farmers  and released into the wild after they venture proved to be unprofitable.  I saw four young nutria cavorting in a draining ditch and this pair looked like they were smooching.  Photo:  Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge near Vancouver, WA 10/17/2010 © Marvin Kellar

Mount Hood

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

Mount Hood’s elevation is 11,235 ‘ and it is located about 50 miles east of Portland, OR.  Photo:  taken from Vancouver Lake on the outskirts of Vancouver, WA 10/27/2010  © Marvin Kellar

Lewis and Clark River

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

This is the Lewis and Clark River a few hundred yards from Fort Clatsop.  It empties  into nearby Youngs Bay which is contiguous with the Columbia River.  This is very close to where they launched their canoes and it is tidal here.  The sun was poking through the clouds between the showers and Lewis and Clark would have been cheered to have seen it.  The poles lined up in the water are pilings that were used much later on to tie up log rafts but they too have come and gone.

Photo: Lewis and Clark River close by Fort Clatsop near Astoria, OR 10/24/2010  © Marvin Kellar

Lewis and Clark Natural Historical Park

Monday, October 25th, 2010

Lewis and Clark slept here.  Actually this is replica built from the plans in Clark’s notes.  The fort is 50′ x 50′ and the original was built in December 1805 and occupied for 186 days.  It rained all but 12 days and only 6 of those were sunny.  The upper photo is the door way to the Captains quarters and they had separate rooms that were reasonably spacious.  The enlisted men bunked up in relatively crowded quarters.  The tall structure on the right is a smoke stock. History can be very entertaining.  Incidentally, the weather was rain showers with a little hail.

Photo:  Fort Clatsop near Astoria, OR 10/25/2010  © Marvin Kellar

Dwarf Lupine “Lupinus lepidus var. lobbii”

Sunday, October 24th, 2010

Dwarf Lupine “Lupinus lepidus var. lobbii” Pea Family (Fabaceae) Perennial, plant 4-6″ tall, leaves silvery and hairy, flowers blue-purple with a white patch on the banner.  Blooming in summer at higher elevations throughout OR. Upper photo: Near Alvord Desert just east of the Steen’s Mt. 5/29/2010 and Lower photo: Siskiyou Crest near Ashland, OR 9/05/2010 © Marvin Kellar

Wax Currant “Ribes cereum”

Thursday, October 21st, 2010


Wax Currant “Ribes cereum” Gooseberry Family (Grossulariaceae). Perennial, 3-6′ tall spineless shrub, leaves have waxy sheen, flowers white or pink and the 5 small petal lobes curve back, late spring-early summer, dry rocky areas along the forest edge in Eastern OR & WA. The showy berries are red and cause gastric disturbances.

Upper photo: Upper Middle Fork of the John Day River 4/28/06. © Marvin Kellar

Lower Photo:  Summer Lake near Paisley, OR 7/27/2007  © Marvin Kellar

Gillnetting in the Columbia River

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

Gillnetting in the Columbia River.  Long nets with floats along the top and weights along the bottom are set in the river and when the salmon try to swim through the mesh, their gills become entangled in the net.  The fishermen pick the fish off the net as it is brought back into the boat.  Photo:  Columbia River near Rainier, OR 10-20-2010  © Marvin Kellar

Chokecherry “Prunus virginiana”

Monday, October 18th, 2010

Chokecherry “Prunus virginiana” Rose Family “Rosaceae).  Perennial, Shrub to small tree 6-24′ tall, flowers white in long clusters, fruit purplish-black.  Late spring, rocky slopes & forest edges throughout Or. & Wa.  Used  to make jam but requires lots of sugar.   Photo:  Flowers: Mt Emily near LaGrande, OR 6/8/2005 © Marvin Kellar and Fruit:  Eight Dollar Road near Selma, OR 9/05/2010  © Marvin Kellar

Indian’s Dream Fern “Aspidotia densa”

Sunday, October 17th, 2010

Indian’s Dream Fern “Aspidotia densa”  Maidenhair Fern Family (Pteridaceae)  Perennial, plant 6-12″ tall, stems wiry and reddish brown, leaves divided into many segments, found in rocky areas in OR & WA.  Photo: Baby Foot Lake Road near Selma, OR 9/05/2020  © Marvin Kellar

Howell’s Milk Vetch “Astragalus howellii”

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

Howell’s Milk Vetch “Astragalus howellii” Pea Family (Fabaceae) Perennial, plant 4-10″ tall, leaflets 19-27, flowers 10-20 white with a tinge of yellow and clustered along the stem.  Blooms summers in dry areas near the Columbia and Deschutes Rivers.  Photo:  Near Sherars Bridge by the Deschutes River 6/16/2010 (tentative identification)