Archive for February, 2011

“Odocoileus heminus columbianus”

Sunday, February 27th, 2011

Black-tailed Deer”Odocoileus heminus columbianus”  We had about a foot of snow where  I live and this young black tail was hanging around my back yard looking for some munchies.  It poses and I took its picture.   Photo:  Near Rainier, OR 2/27/2011

Upland Larkspur “Delphinium nuttallianum”

Thursday, February 24th, 2011


Upland Larkspur “Delphinium nuttallianum” Buttercup Family (Ranunculaceae). Perennial, plant 4-20″ tall, petals are white to blue, showy sepals are purplish to dark blue with conspicuous spur .  Blooms in early summer in open meadows throughout OR. & WA.  Top photo: Oregon Badlands near Bend 6/09/2009 and Bottom photo:  Rowena Crest in the Columbia River Gorge 4/13/2006

Varied-leaf Phacelia “Phacelia heterophylla”

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

Varied-leaf Phacelia “Phacelia heterophylla” Biennial or perennial, plant 1-3′ tall with stiff hairs, leaves gray green, petals white to lavender, stamens extend beyond petals.  Blooms summer in dry woods and meadows throughout OR & WA.  Photo:  Mt Emily near La Grande, OR 6/13/2007

Fendler’s Waterleaf “Hydrophyllum fendleri”

Monday, February 21st, 2011

Fendler’s Waterleaf “Hydrophyllum fendleri” Waterleaf Family (Hydrophyllaceae) Perennial, plant 1-2 ‘ tall, leaves multiply divided, flowers white to lavender and in clusters, flower parts extend beyond the petals.  Blooms in the spring in moist woods in the Cascades and Blue Mts of OR & WA.  Photo:  Mt Emily near La Grande, OR 6/13/2007

Mount Hood

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

Mount Hood (the tallest mountain in Oregon at 11,235 feet) is approximately 50 miles east of Portland.  This photo was taken looking east across a field of cane berries (raspberries?) near Boring, OR 1/22/2009

Red Elderberry “Sambucus racemosa”

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

Red Elderberry “Sambucus racemosa” Honeysuckle Family (Caprifoliaceae).  Perennial shrub 6-18′ tall, small white flowers in a conical or dome shaped cluster, berries bright red.  Blooms in late spring-early summer in moist areas throughout OR & WA. Top photo:  Near LaGrande, OR 6/13/2007  Lower photo:  Near Rainier, OR 8/7/2008

Side-flowered Mitrewort “Mitella stauropetala”

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011


Side-flowered Mitrewort “Mitella stauropetala” Saxifrage Family (Saxifragaceae). Perennial, plant 6-18″ tall, calyx white & cup shaped, flowers along one side of the stem with very slender white 3 lobed petals.  Blooms in late spring-early summer in wet areas in the mountains of N.E. OR. & S.E. WA.  Photo:  Mt. Emily near La Grande, Or. 6/13/2007

Blue Mountain Onion “Allium fibrillum”

Monday, February 7th, 2011

Blue Mountain Onion “Allium fibrillum” Lilly Family (Liliaceae)  Perennial, plant 3 to 8″ tall, leaves paired and taller than flower stem, flowers white or pink in clusters extending from bracts.  Blooms early summer in the mountains of Eastern, OR.  Photo:  Vinegar Hill near Prairie City, OR 6/14/2007  (This could also be Brandegee’s Onion”Allium brandegeei” but I think that it is probably the Blue Mountain Onion.)

Sticky Paintbrush “Castilleja glandulifera”

Sunday, February 6th, 2011

Sticky Paintbrush “Castilleja glandulifera”  Perennial, plant 5-10″ tall, flowers tubular and yellow-green, bracts greenish-yellow or occasionally dull red and sticky.  Blooms summer in dry sandy soils in mountainous areas in eastern OR.  Photo:  Vinegar Hill near Prairie City OR 6/14/2007