Archive for July, 2011

White Hyacinth “Triteleia hyancinthina”

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

White Hyacinth “Triteleia hyancinthina”  Lily Family (Lliliaceae) Perennial bulb, plant 1-2′ tall, leaves grass like, flowers in dense heads, petals white with greenish mid-vein.  Blooms early summer in grasslands in western OR & WA and central OR.  Photo:  Dead Indian Road east of Ashland, OR 7/09/2011

Northern Checkerspot “Chloysne palla”

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

Northern Checkerspot  “Chloysne palla” (I think) on Butterweed Groundsel “Sencio serra”    Photo:  Burnt Cabin Creek near Seneca, OR 7/11/2011

Cattle Drive

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

We met a small cattle drive on the Fields-Denio Road that runs along between the Steens Mountain and the Alvord Desert in S.E. Oregon. We stopped in the middle of the road and let the cattle file around us. Driving in the big country presents lots of surprises. Photo:  7/10/2011

Harvest Brodiaea “Brodiaea coronaria”

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011


Harvest Brodiaea “Brodiaea coronaria” Lily Family “(Liliaceae).  Perennial bulb, plant 3-10″ tall, flowers lavender-blue to purple and approx 3/4” diameter, leaves generally die down before the flowers appear.  Blooms in early summer in meadows West of the Cascades in OR & WA.  Top Photo: Near Selma in S.W. OR 7/07/2011 and  Bottom  Photo:  Near St. Helens in N.W. OR 05/2004

Varied-leaf Phacelia “Phacelia heterophylla”

Monday, July 18th, 2011


Varied-leaf Phacelia “Phacelia heterophylla”  Biennial or Perennial, plant 1-3′ tall, leaves gray green and hairy, flowers white  to lilac, stamens prominent. Blooms in midsummer throughout OR & WA. The bumblebee is probably the red form of “Bombus melanopygus”. Photo:  Dead Indian Road between Ashland and Klamath Falls, OR 7/07/2011.

Marsh-Marigold “Caltha leptosepala”

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

img_1404_1Marsh-Marigold “Caltha leptosepala subsp. leptosepala” Buttercup Family (Ranunculaceae).  Perennial, Plant 6-12″ tall, leaves heart shaped, flowers 5-12 white sepals resembling petals.  Blooms in late spring in wet areas at higher altitudes in the OR & WA Cascades and the Wallowas in N.E. OR.  Top Photo:  Mt Ashland, OR 7/08/2011.  Bottom Photo:  Mt Adams, WA 8/08/2006

Black-necked Stilt “Himantopus mexicanus”

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011


Black-necked Stilt “Himantopus mexicanus” Length 14″, wingspan 29″ and weight 6 oz.   Photo:  Malheur National Bird Refuge near Burn’s Or  6/21/2009

Rowena Crest

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

The plateau at Rowena Crest near Moser, Or. is 600 feet above the Columbia, River and the water was 200 feet deep here during the Missoula Flood.  The soil was stripped away and later replaced by several feet of ash from Mt, St. Helens.  This serene pose of yellow balsamroot and blue lupines obscures a very turbulent pass.  Photo: Rowena Crest in the Columbia River Gorge, OR  7/2007

Big Summit Prairie

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

Big Summit Prairie is a is an ancient lake bed that covers twenty square miles.  The prairie is for the most part private land and fenced. The fringe of public land surrounds the prairie provides an excellent opportunity for viewing a wide variety of wildflowers from April through June.  This is also a great area to view butterflies during the summer.  Photo:  About 30 miles East of Prineville, OR 6/13/2011

Showy Townsendia “Townsendia florifera”

Monday, July 4th, 2011

Showy Townsendia “Townsendia florifera” Sunflower Family (Asteraceae).  Annual, plant 2-8″ tall, ray flowers white to  lavender, disk flowers yellow.  Blooms late-spring in sandy-gravelly sagebrush in eastern OR & WA.  Photo:  Smith Rock near Madras, OR  6/14/2011