Archive for September, 2011

Rough Eyelash Weed “Blepharipappus scaber”

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

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Rough Eyelash Weed “Blepharipappus scaber” Sunflower Family (Asteraceae)Annual, plant 4-12″ tall, flower head of  1/4 to 3/4″ diameter white disk flowers with conspicuous purple anthers surrounded by 3 lobed white ray flowers.  Blooms in summer in various habitats in Eastern and S.W. OR.  Upper photo eight dollar mountain road near Selma in S.W. OR 9/05/2010.  Lower photo:  Zumwalt Prairie in N.E. OR. 6/07/2005

Bird Lake

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

Fly fishing on Bird Lake.  I don’t know if he caught any fish but it was interesting to watch him  Photo:  Bird Lake, Mt Adams, WA 8/08/2006

Milbert’s Tortoiseshell “Nymphalis milberti”

Monday, September 26th, 2011

Milbert’s Tortoiseshell “Nymphalis milberti”  Wing span approximately 3″.  Found throughout Oregon and Washington.  Photo: 9/04/2011

Great Spangled Fritillary “Speyeria cybele”

Sunday, September 25th, 2011

Great Spangled Fritillary “Speyeria cybele”  Wingspan 2.5 to 3.0″  Found in both Eastern and Western OR & WA,  Females are black and white on the upper side of the wings (top photo) and brown and cream on the other side (middle photo).  Males are orange with black spots (the lower photo is probably a male Great Spangled)  Photos: Hat Point 9/05/2011).  

Mountain Ash “Sorbus sitchensis”

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

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Mountain Ash “Sorbus sitchensis” Rose Family (Rosaceae).  Perennial, shrub 3-12′ tall with leaves divided into 7-11 leaflets, flowers white and less than a 1/2″ in diameter, berries bright red and edible but not palatable.  Blooms in early summer in the mountains of OR & WA.  Photo:  Mt Rainier, WA 8/02/2007.  Berries 9/2008

Fringed Grass of Parnassus “Parnassia fimbriata”

Sunday, September 18th, 2011

Fringed Grass of Parnassus “Parnassia fimbriata” Parnassus Family (Parnassiaceae)  Perrennial, Plant 6-18″ tall, leaves rounded and basal, petals white and fringed on the lower half, blooms summer in wet mountain habitats in the Cascades Mts and east.  Photo: Near Hat Point in Northeast  Oregon 9/05/2011

Coyote “Canis latrans”

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

Coyote “Canis latrans”   This skinny young coyote was more concerned about finding something to eat than he was about us being there. Photo:  Hat Point in the northeast corner of Oregon 9/05/2011

Lustrous Copper Butterfly “Lycaena cupreus”

Monday, September 12th, 2011

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Lustrous Copper Butterfly “Lycaena cupreus”.  Males are orange, females are yellowish orange.  This is probably a female.  Wingspan is around an inch. Photo:  Big Summit Prairie in the Ochoco Mts. near Prineville, OR. 6/17/2008

Columbia River Gorge

Sunday, September 11th, 2011

The Columbia River is the gateway to the Inland Empire of the Pacific Northwest.  This section of the river is the reservoir behind the  John Day Dam.  The grain elevator in the distance is at Roosevelt, WA, across the river from Arlington, OR.  The hills are very dry in the late summer.  Photo:  9/09/2011

Lewis’s Monkey Flower “Mimulus lewisii”

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

Lewis’s Monkey Flower “Mimulus lewisii” Snapdragon Family ( Scrophulariaceae) Perennial, plant 1-4′ tall, flowers 1″ long and pink to bright rose, Blooms in wet areas during the summer in wet area  from the Coast Mts and into Eastern OR  & WA.  Top Photo:  Anthony Lake. OR 9/06/2011, Mid Photo: Mt Adams, WA  7/28/2007 and Llower Photo Mt. Rainier, WA  7/27/2006