Archive for August, 2011

Acmon Blue “Icaricia acmon”

Monday, August 29th, 2011


Acmon Blue “Icaricia acmon”.  This little butterfly has a wingspan of 3/4 – 1″.   The top of the wings are blue in males and brown in females with orange band on the hindwing.  The underside is gray with black spots and orange markings on the hindwing.  Photo:  Deschutes River near Maupin, Or.  5/03/2008

Long Bearded Mariposa Lily “Calochortus longebarbatus”

Thursday, August 25th, 2011


Long Bearded Mariposa Lily “Calochortus longebarbatus” Lily Family (Liliaceae).  Perennial, bulb, plant 8-12″ tall, flowers light lilac with long curly hairs, 1.5 to 2″: diameter.  Blooms June & July in dry meadows in a limited area in Central OR.  Top Photos in Big Summit Meadow near Prineville, Or. 7/11/2011 and Bottom Photo 6/26/2007

American White Pelican “Pelecanus erythrorhynchos”

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

_MG_6440_1American White Pelican “Pelecanus erythrorhynchos”  Length 5′, wingspan 9′ and weight 16 pounds.  Black feathers on the wing tips are quite prominent during flight.  Pelicans work as a group to herd small fish together which result in more efficient feeding.  Upper Photo: Ochoco Reservoir near Prineville, OR 7/11/2011  Middle Photo Ochoco Reservoir 6/13/2011 amd Bottom Photo:  Riley, OR 7/06/2009

Alva Day’s Pincushion “Navarretia sinistra”

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011


Alva Day’s Pincushion “Navarretia sinistra” Phlox Family (Polemoniacea)  Annual, plant 6-30″ tall, leaves somewhat linear, flowers bright pink with yellow tube and blue pollen.  Booms summer in rocky soil in Eastern Oregon.  Photo: Strawberry Mt east of Seneca, OR 6/20/2009

Edith’s Copper

Monday, August 22nd, 2011


This is probably an “Edith’s Copper” on a daisy, wingspan 1-1.5″.  Photo:  Cascade Mountains East of Salem, OR 8/18/2008

Columbia Lily “Lilium columbianum”

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011


Columbia Lily “Lilium columbianum” Lily Family “Liliaceae”  Perennial, scaly bulb, plant 2-4′ tall, flowers numerous with orange petals and magenta spots,  Blooms in summer in meadows and along roadsides in Western OR & WA.  Photo:  Near Estacada, OR. 6/29/2006.

Blue Headed Gilia “Gilia capitata”

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

Blue Headed Gilia “Gilia capitata” Phlox Family (Polemoniaceae).  Annual or perennial, plant 8-30″ tall, flowers blue, purple or white in a compact ball.  Early Spring in open areas in throughout Or. & Western Wa.  Top Photo:  Dead Indian Road east of Ashland, OR 7/09/2011. Bottom Photo:  Clackamas River near Estacada, OR 6/04/07

Slender Clarkia “Clarkia gracilis”

Thursday, August 4th, 2011



Slender Clarkia “Clarkia gracilis” Evening Primrose Family (Onagraceae) Annual, plant 6-18″ tall, leaves linear, flowers pink -lavender. Blooms in summer in grassy areas in Southwestern Oregon.  Photo: Dead Indian Road east of Ashland, OR 7/09/2011