Archive for May, 2011

Large False Solomon Seal “Maianthemum racemosum”

Sunday, May 29th, 2011


Large False Solomon’s Seal “Maianthemum racemosum” Lily Family (Liliaceae).  Perennial, plant 1-3′ tall, leaves alternate and clasping stem, flowers small and in white elongated plumes 2-5″ long, berries light green and mottled turning red as they ripen.  Blooms in midspring, common in moist Westside forests of OR & WA and at higher elevations in Eastern OR & WA.  Photo:  Cone Mt near Sweet Home, OR  7/16/2008

False Lily of the Valley “Maianthemum dilatatum”

Thursday, May 26th, 2011


False Lily of the Valley “Maianthemum dilatatum” Lily Family (Liliaceae),  Perennial, plant 6-12″ tall, leaves shiny and heart shaped, flowers in white clusters.  Blooms in late spring in moist shady woods in Western OR & WA.  Photo:  Rainier, OR  5/22/2008

Lyall’s Windflower “Anemone lyallii”

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

Lyall’s Windflower “Anemone lyallii” Buttercup Family (Ranunculaceae}.  Perennial, 4-6″ tall, flowers white, pink or pale blue, fewer than 35 stamens, 3 leaflets mid-stem.  Moist forests, Cascades to coast.  Photo: Cone Peak near Sweet Home, OR.  6/04/2007

Mima Mounds Natural Area Preserve

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

The mounds are 5 to 6 feet tall and 20 to 30 feet across but they are somewhat tear-shaped.  They are covered with grass and distributed throughout a 445 acre remnant of the Puget Prairie just southwest of Olympia, WA.  The mounds were formed by an accumulation of top soil on a gravel base but their origin is unknown.  Suggested possibilities range from glaciation to giant gophers.  Wildflowers and butterflies are plentiful.  Top photo:  Mima Mounds from an elevated platform;  Mid photo:  Common Camas “Camassia quamash” and Western Buttercup “Ranunculus occidentalis”  Bottom Photo:  Early Blue Violet “Viola adunca” 5/22/2011      

Columbia Windflower “Anemone deltoidea”

Sunday, May 22nd, 2011

Columbia Windflower “Anemone deltoidea” Buttercup Family (Ranunculaceae). Perennial, 4-10″ tall, 3 coarsely toothed leaflets, 2″ blossom with 5 white petal-like sepals. Cascades to the coast and Wallowa Mts in OR.  Photo: Clackamas River near Estacada, OR. 6/04/2007

Elk Horns “Clarkia pulchella”

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

Elk Horns “Clarkia pulchella” Evening Primrose Family (Onagraceae).  Perennial, plant 8-16″ tall, flowers 3 lobed, pink to rose with a conspicuous white 4 lobed stigma, early summer.  Rocky sandy areas east of the Cascades in Or. & Wa.  On Zumwalt Prairie they show up from a distance as big patches of pink.  Photo:  Near Stein’s Pillar N.E. of Prineville, Or.  7/10/2007

Western Wallflower “Erysimum capitatum”

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

Western Wallflower “Erysimum capitatum” Mustard Family (Brassicaceae). Biennial or perennial, plant 1-3″ tall, flowers yellow to orange in terminal clusters.  Blooms in summer throughout OR & WA Photo:  Rough & Ready near Cave Junction, OR, 4/28/2007

DeGoede Bulb Farm

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

DeGoede Bulb Farm and Garden near Mossrock, WA.  Check out your local garden store for beautiful spring flower display. This outlet is larger than most and it has a display garden.  Photos:  Mossyrock, WA 5/04/2011

Fly fishing on the Deschutes

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

You aren’t allowed to fish the Deschutes River from a boat and this fellow has dropped anchor in the middle of the river to fly cast while standing on a gravel bar.  Photo:  The Deschutes River below Sherears Bridge, OR 4/30/2011.

Washington Monkeyflower “Mimulus washingtonensis”

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

Washington Monkeyflower “Mimulus washingtonensis”  Annual, plant 2-6″ tall, leaves serrated, flowers yellow with reddish spots but no central blotch and with fine hairs.  Located in north-central OR and N.E OR and S.E. WA in moist areas.  Photo:  Along the Deschutes River near Sherears Bridge in Central OR 4/30/2011