Archive for November, 2011

Bighorn Sheep “Ovis canadensis”

Monday, November 21st, 2011

Bighorn Sheep “Ovis canadensis”  These animals were wiped out in the Pacific Northwest and have been reintroduced.  Height at shoulder is 32-40″, length 50-62″ and weight 115-280lbs.  The Upper Photo is an adult male and the Lower Photo is a little bighorn.  N.W. Trek near Eatonville, WA 11/06/2007

Rhododendron Garden

Sunday, November 20th, 2011

Crystal Spring Rhododendron Garden near Reed College in Southeast Portland, OR. Fall color,  migratory ducks  and small children provide considerable interest in our parks when the weather is nice.  The fee is $3.00 from 10:00 am to 6:00pm  Thursday through Monday from March to Labor Day and otherwise free. Photo: 10/29/2010

Big Leaf Maple “Acer macrophyllum”

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

Big Leaf Maple “Acer macrophyllum”  Maple Family (Aceraceae) Perennial, tree up to a 100′ tall, leaves 5 lobed and as broad as long, 4-12″ wide. flowers yellow-green hanging in clusters,  Spring blooming on dry to moist sites at low to middle elevations in Western OR & WA  The Douglas Fir has been logged off this hillside and the maples have taken over in their absence.  Photos:  Rainier, OR 11/15/2011 

Crater Lake, Oregon

Sunday, November 13th, 2011


Wizard Island is a cinder cone that is approximately 755 feet above the water level and about 315 acres in size.  It has a crater at the summit that is 500 feet in diameter and 100 feet deep.


Crater Lake was created by the collapse of a volcano (Mt Mazama) a little less than 8,000 years ago.  It is 6 miles long, 5 miles wide and 1,958 feet deep.  The only source of water for the lake is precipitation and loss is only from evaporation and seepage.


The Phantom Ship is a rock formation that resembles a sailing ship in the fog and it is about 167 feet above the water level.

Also, there is an upright tree stump called the “Old Man of the Lake” floating in the lake and it is 2 feet in diameter and 30 feet long.  It stand about four feet out of the water and it is moved around the lake by the wind.

Yellow-headed Blackbird “Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus”

Thursday, November 10th, 2011


Yellow-headed Blackbird “Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus”  Length 9.5″, wingspan 15″ and weight 2.3 oz.  Adult males have a white patch of white feathers on the leading edge of their wings.  Found throughout OR and WA but not along the coast.  Top Photo:  Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge near Vancouver, WA 5/16/2009 and Lower Photo: Near Burns, OR  6/18/2009

Thimbleberry “Rubus parviflorus”

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011


Thimbleberry “Rubus parviflorus”  Rose Family “Rosaceae”  Perennial shrub 3-9′ tall, palmate leaves 3-8″ long, bark shredding & no thorns, flowers white and about 1-1.5″ in diameter.   Moist shady woods in Western OR., in the Blue Mts. and throughout WA.  The fruits are red with a shallow cup-shaped berry flattened similar to a blackcap and they are soft, sweet, seedy and not very juicy.  Top Photo:  Near La Grande, OR.  6/08/2005 Lower Photo: 8/28/2007

Whiteheaded Woodpecker “Picoides albolarvatus

Monday, November 7th, 2011

White-headed Woodpecker “Picoides albolarvatus”  This is a female woodpecker with a bill full of bugs preparing to feed her young. Length 9″, Wingspan 16″ and Weight 2 oz.  Photo: Near Camp Sherman, Or. 6/10/2009

Chalcedona Checkerspot “Euphydryas chalcedona”

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

Chalcedona Checkerspot “Euphydryas chalcedona” on yellow composite.  Wing span approximately  2″.   Photo:  Cone Peak in the Central Cascades east of Sweet Home, OR 6/30/2006

Cone Peak and Iron Mountain

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

Cone Peak and Iron Mountain are located east of Sweet Home, OR in the Central Cascades.  There are over 300 wild flower species here, blooming June to August .  The hike is 5 miles round trip for Cone Peak and if you choose the loop circling both peaks, it is 6.4 miles.  Elevation gain is about 1,500 feet.  Take water, sun screen and your camera.  Top Photo:  Cone Peak and Bottom Photo: Iron Mountain 8/28/2007

Washington Lily “Lilium washingtonianum”

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

Washington Lily “Lilium washingtonianum” Lily Family (Liliaceae).  Perennial, Scaly bulb, Plant 2-8′ tall, flowers white, fading to pink, 3-8″ long and very fragrant.  Blooms in midsummer in the Oregon Cascades.  Photos:  Cascade Mts. East of Salem, OR 6/29/2008 and Bottom Photo 8/18/2008