Bushtit “Paltriparus minimus” Length 4.5″, wingspan 6″ and weight 0.2 ounces. This is one of our smallest birds, second only to the hummingbirds. They travel in flocks but nest in different areas. Their nests are long and pendulous (up to 20″), made of moss and lichens. Photo: Deschutes River near Sherars Bridge in Central OR 3/23/2012
Archive for March, 2012
The Alvord Desert is in S.E. Oregon and Steens Mountain is just to the west. The Steens is nearly 10,000 feet tall and it acts as an effective rain shadow to the 12 by 7 mile desert . The average rainfall is approximately 7 inches. desert, provides an effective rain shadow and . The desert is approximately 12 by 7 miles in size and land speed records have been recorded here. There are also some hot springs and remnants of a borax industry where 14 mule teams hauled borax 130 miles to Winnemucca, Nevada. Visit this area with a full tank of gas, sunscreen and plenty of drinking water. Photo: The Alvord Desert 3/14/2012.
Grass Widow “Olsynium douglasii var douglasii. Iris Family (Iridaceae). Perennial, plants 6-12″ tall, flowers lavender, occasionally magenta or white, 3/4-1” diameter, blooms in early spring in moist open areas that dry out in summer. Widespread in the Pacific Northwest with the exception of N.W. Or and S.W. WA. Photo: Catherine Creek near Lyle, WA 3/08/2012
Checker Lily ” Fritillaria affinis” Lily Family (Liliaceae). Perennial, bulb with rice-like bulblets, plant 1-2.5′ tall, flowers have a checkered appearance with its combinations of yellow, green and red. Blooms in midspring in shady, moist areas from the Cascades to the coast in OR & WA. Sunlight passing through the flowers is reminiscent of a Tiffany lamp. Photo: Goble, OR 4/26/2006
Coltsfoot “Petasites frigidus” Sunflower Famly (Asteraceae). Perennial, Plant 1-2′ tall, leaves large and may be a foot across, flowers white to pink in 4-6″ heads, early spring in wet areas in western OR & WA. and in the Blue Mts. in N.E. OR Photo: Near Rainier, OR 3/16/2005
Prairie Star “Lithophragma parviflora” Saxifrage Family (Saxifragaceae) Perennial, plant 4-12″ tall, leaves are basal with multiple divisions, flowers approx 0.5″ in diameter with 5-11 pink to white petals, each of which are divided into 3 lobes. Blooms in early spring in grasslands and dry open areas throughout OR & WA. Photo: Catherine Creek near Lyle, WA 2/28/2009