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
Archive for January, 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” 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” 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.
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