Archive for January, 2012

Golden Eagle “Aquila chrysaetos”

Monday, January 30th, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Golden Eagle “Aqula chrysaetos”  Length 39″, wingspan 80″ and weight 10 lbs.  Found in mountainous areas throughout the Pacific Northwest.   Top Photo:  N.W. Trek near Eatonville, WA just west of Mt Rainier.  11-01-2008.  Bottom Photo:  Near Burns, OR 12/20/2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Golden Eagle “Aqula chrysaetos”  Length 39″, wingspan 80″ and weight 10 lbs.  Found in mountainous areas throughout the Pacific Northwest.   Top Photo:  N.W. Trek near Eatonville, WA just west of Mt Rainier.  11-01-2008.  Bottom Photo:  Near Burns, OR 12/20/2011

 

 

 

Tillamook Bay

Sunday, January 29th, 2012

Tillamook Bay from Garibaldi, OR.  The Coast Guard on their way out to the bar to keep watch on the flounder fishermen.  Photo:  2/18/2008

Prostrate Ceanothus “Ceanothus prostratus”

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Prostrate Ceanothus “Ceanothus prostratus” Buckthorn Family (Rhamnaceae)  Prostate shrub 2-8′ wide, leaves green, leathery and conspicuously toothed, small blue to white flowers in many clusters.  Blooms early summer in S.E. OR and in the OR Cascades.   Photo:  Near Mt Bachelor, OR 6/06/2011

Green Manzanita “Arctostaphylos patula”

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

Green Manzanita “Arctostaphylos patula” Heath Family (Ericaceae) Shrub, 3-7′ tall, leaves leathery and green, flowers pink and urn shaped, berries dark brown to black.  Blooms late spring in the Oregon Cascades.  Photo:  Near Mt Bachelor, OR 6/07/2011

Carey’s Balsamroot “Balsamorhiza careyana”

Sunday, January 22nd, 2012

Carey’s Balsamroot “Balsamorhiza careyana” Sunflower Family (Asteraceae)  Perennial, 8-24″ tall, leaves heart shaped with white venation, 8-13 yellow ray flowers.  Blooms late spring in S.E. WA and N.E. OR.  Photo: Near Stein’s Pillar east of Prineville, OR  6/062011  

Great Blue Heron “Ardea herodias”

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top Photo is a Great Blue Heron that walked along side my car for about 80 feet and I took a picture up close and personal.  03/04/2011

Great Blue Heron “Ardea herodias”  Length 46″. wingspan 72″ and weight 5.3 lbs,  This long legged bird is commonly seen wading in shallow ponds throughout the United States.  Bottom Photo: Ridgefield Wildlife Sanctuary near Vancouver, WA 01/18/2012

 

Bufflehead “Bucephala albeola”

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

Bufflehead “Bucephala albeola”  Length 13″, wingspan 21″ and weight 13 oz.  The head in the male is dark and iridescent and the back of the head is white.  The female is gray with a white cheek patch and she nests in tree cavities.  This is our smallest duck.  Photo:  Ridgefield National Wildlife Reserve near Vancouver, WA 3/21/2011

Northern Harrier ‘Circus cyaneus”

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Northern Harrier “Circus cyaneus”  Length 18″, Wingspan 43″ and weight 15 oz.  This is a female (males are gray with black wing tips). This hawk is generally seen flying low over fields and marshes and is easily identified by its conspicuous white rump when it is in flight. Photo:  Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge near Vancouver, WA 01/11/2012

 

 

Bitterroot “Lewisia rediviva”

Sunday, January 8th, 2012

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Bitterroot “Lewisia rediviva”  Purslane Family (Portulacaceae). Perennial, plant 1-3″ tall with fleshy leaves and carrot-like roots, flowers white to rose and 2-3″ in diameter.  Blooms in late spring in the Columbia River Gorge and in Eastern OR and WA.  Native Americans ate these by Lewis and Clark thought they were too bitter.  Photo: Catherine Creek, WA in the Columbia River Gorge 4/20/2005



Buena Vista Overlook

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Buena Vista Overlook on the Malheur Natioonal Wildlife Refuge.  The ponds are frozen and the water birds have gone elsewhere.  This huge marsh provides an extensive area for  nesting waterfowl.  Photo: Near Burns in Southeastern Oregon 12/19/2011