Archive for December, 2011

The Three Sisters

Thursday, December 29th, 2011









The Three Sisters,  located in the Cascade Mountains west of Bend, OR. The South Sister (Faith) is 10,358′, the Middle Sister (Hope) is 10,047′ and the North Sister (Charity) is 10,085′. Looking  a long way west on Hwy 20.   12/20/2011

Western Hazelnut “Corylus cornuta var. californica”

Monday, December 19th, 2011

Western Hazelnut “Corylus cornuta var. californica” Birch Family (Betulaceae),  Perennial, shrub 10-15′ tall, conspicuous clusters of 2-3″ long catkins contain the male flowers, the relatively inconspicuous female flowers are about 1/2″ long and have deep red stigmas (pollen receptors) producing 1/2″ long nuts.  The nuts are edible if you can pick then before the squirrels and jays get to them.  Blooms in early spring in the woods and thickets west of the Cascades.  Photo:  Near Clatskanie, OR.   3/14/2007

Road’s End

Sunday, December 18th, 2011

Roads End State Recreation Area is just north of nearby Lincoln City, OR. This beach is part of the Westwind YWCA Camp and  reachable only by boat,  The Salmon River separates the camp from Cascade Head to the north.  Photo:  Facing  south from the summit of Cascade Head  8/20/2010.

Zumwalt Prairie

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

Old Homestead on the Zumwalt Prairie with the Seven Devil Range peaking over the hills in the background.  The Zumwalt is a 200 square mile remnant of prairie bunch grass.  Photo:  North of Joseph in Northeast Oregon 6/08/2005  

Fishing at Sherears Falls

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011


Native Americans net salmon from platforms at Shearers Falls on the Deschutes River in Central Oregon.  The falls are rated as a class six cataract and being sure-footedness is a necessity.  Photo:  Near Maupin, OR 6/04/2008

White River Falls

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011












White River Falls near the confluence of the White and the Deschutes Rivers in Central Oregon has approximately a 90 foot drop. Photos: 6/08/2008 and 4/19/2008

Narrow Leaved Collomia “Collomia linearis”

Monday, December 12th, 2011


Narrow Leaved Collomia “Collomia linearis”  Phlox Family (Polemoniaceae).  Annual, plant to 18″ tall, leaves lance shape to 3″ long, flowers clustered on top and white to pink to bluish.  Blooms in midsummer in dry open areas primarily in the Cascades and East in OR & WA.  Photo:  Painted Hills near John Day, OR.  6/18/2008

Greenish Blue “Plebejus saepiolus”

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

Greenish Blue Butterfly “Plebejus saepiolus”  Wing span approximately one inch. Found primarily 1n Eastern OR & WA and the Siskiyous.  Photo: Big Summit Prairie near Prineville, OR 6/17/2008

Red-winged Blackbird “Agelaius phoeniceus”

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

Red-winged Blackbird “Agelaius phoeniceus”  Holding court while perched on a teasel. L 8.75″, wingspan 13″ and weight 1.8oz.  Widespread in OR and WA.  Photo:  Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge near Vancouver, WA 5/16/2009