Archive for January, 2011

Columbia River Dredge

Monday, January 31st, 2011

Sand from Mt Saint Helens washes down the Cowlitz River and into the Columbia River near Longview, WA.  This U.S. Corp of Engineers dredge is pumping the sand onto Cottonwood Island which is at the far right of the picture.  The main channel used by ocean going ships is in the foreground.  Photo:  From Rainier, OR 1-10-2008

Hood’s Phlox “Phlox hoodii”

Sunday, January 30th, 2011

Hood’s Phlox “Phlox hoodii”  Phlox Family (Polemoniacea) Perennial, Plant 2-4″ tall, leaves needle-like, flowers white to lavender.  Blooms early summer in dry rocky soils in eastern OR & WA.. Photo:  Vinegar Hill near Prairie City, OR  6/14/2007

Dwarf monkeyflower “Mimulus nanus”

Monday, January 24th, 2011

Dwarf monkeyflower “Mimulus nanus”  Snapdragon Family (Scrophulariaceae)  Annual, Plant 1-4″ tall with leaves purple underneath.  Flowers  approx. half inch across with upper lobes larger than the lower lobes, two yellow stripes and purple-rose markings.  Summer blooming in sandy soil in S.W. & Eastern OR.  This plant was growing in magnesium rich soils that originated from the ocean floor and it is now located 8,000 feet above sea level in Eastern OR.    Photo:  Vinegar Hill near Bates in Eastern OR.  Photo: 6/14/2007

Goosefoot Violet “Viola purpurea”

Sunday, January 23rd, 2011

Goosefoot Violet “Viola purpurea” Violet Family (Violaceae)  Perennial, plant 1-4″ tall, leaves are said to resemble the foot print of a goose and are somewhat variable resulting in the naming of several varieties, flowers yellow with maroon stripes on the three lower petals, the back sides of the upper petals are maroon to purple.  Blooms in late spring in dry soils  in eastern and south west OR.  Photo:  Vinegar Hill in Grant County, Eastern OR  6/14/2007

Thick-leaved Groundsel “Senecio crassulus”

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

Thick-leaved Groundsel “Senecio crassulus” Sunflower Family (Asteraceae)  Perennial, plant 8-24″ tall, leaves somewhat fleshy, yellow flowers have a 1/2 inch center of golden-yellow disk flowers surrounded by 8 yellow ray flowers.  Blooms in the summer in a variety of locations in Eastern OR and WA.  Photo:  Oregon Badlands near Bend, OR 6/09/2009.

White layia “Layia glandulosa”

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

White Layia “Layia glandulosa ” Sunflower Family (Asteraceae)  Annual, plant 6-20″ tall, flower less tan an 1″ diameter, disk flowers yellow and surrounded by 8-20 white 3 lobed ray flowers.  Blooms in early summer in dry brushy areas in Eastern OR & WA.  Photo:  Oregon Badlands near Bend, OR 6/09/2009

Tall Larkspur “Delphinium glaucum”

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

Tall Larkspur “Delphinium glaucum” Buttercup Family (Ranunculaceae)  Perennial, plant 3-6′ tall,  leaves without hairs and lobed, flowers many and bluish- purple.  Blooms in summer in meadows and forests in the mountains of Eastern and Southwestern OR and the WA Cascades and Olympic Mts.  Photo:  Mt Emily near La Grande, OR 7/17/2009

California Corn Lily “Veratrum californicum”

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

California Corn Lily “Veratrum californicum” Lily Family (Liliaceae) Perennial plant 3-6′ tall, small white flowers in a branched arrangement where the lower outer flowers open first (panicle), midsummer in moist areas throughout most of OR & WA.   Photo:  Mt Emily near La Grande 6/13/2007

Oregon Checker Mallow “Sidalacea oregana”

Monday, January 10th, 2011

Oregon Checker Mallow “Sidalacea oregana” Mallow Family (Malvaceae),  Perennial, Plant 2-4′ tall, flowers pink to rose approx. 3/4″ in diameter. Blooms early summer in meadows of Eastern OR and WA.  Photo:  Mt Emily near La Grande, OR  7/17/2009

Birchleaf spiraea “Spiraea betulifolia

Sunday, January 9th, 2011

Birchleaf spiraea “Spiraea betulifolia var. lucida, Rose Family (Rosaceae)  Perennial, shrub 1-2′ tall, leaves green and toothed, flowers heads white with many stamens. Blooms in summer in a variety of habitats in the Cascade Mts and Eastern OR & WA.  Photo:  Mt Emily near La Grande, OR 7/17/2009