Archive for April, 2012

Menzies’ Fiddleneck “Amsinckia menziesii”

Monday, April 30th, 2012













Menzies’ Fiddleneck “Amsinckia menziesii var intermedia” Borage Family “Boraginaceae”.  Annual, plant 6-18″ tall, flowers small yellow-orange with red dots in throat, flowers arranged in a fiddleneck.  Spring in open areas in the Siskiyous, Cascades and Eastern Or. & Wa.  Upper Photo:  Lower Table Rock near Medford, OR 4/17/2010 and Middle Photo: Near Maupin, OR 4/21/2012

Menzies’ Fiddleneck “Amsinckia menziesii var menziesii” Borage Family “Boraginaceae”.  Flower yellow without yellow-orange dots in the throat.  Photo:  Near Maupin, OR   4/19/2008

Deschutes River

Sunday, April 29th, 2012

Deschutes River down stream from Sherars Bridge 20 miles south of the Columbia River.  This is one of the most popular rafting rivers in Oregon.  Photo: 4/21/2012

Threadleaf Phacelia “Phacelia linearis”

Thursday, April 26th, 2012














Threadleaf Phacelia “Phacelia linearis”  Waterleaf Family  (Hydrophyllaceae)  Annual, plant 4-18″ tall, leaves linear.  Flowers approx 1/2″ in diameter and purple with white or pale blue centers.  Blooms in early summer in the sandy soils in Eastern OR & WA. Upper Photos:   In the Oregon Badlands near Bend, OR  6/08/2011 and 6/09/2009.  Lower Photo:  Deschutes River Canyon near Maupin, OR 4/21/2012

Sheridan’s Green Hairstreak

Sunday, April 22nd, 2012

Sheridan’s Green Hairstreak “Callophrys sheridanii”  The wingspan of this small butterfly is less than one inch.  The underside of the wings is dark green when folded and the upper side is gray-brown.  Photo: Near Sherars Bridge along the Deschutes River in Central Oregon 4/12/2012


Spring Azure “Celastrina argiolus”

Sunday, April 15th, 2012

Spring Azure “Celastrina argiolus”  Wingspan approximately  1″  Early spring butterfly.  Azure blue above and silvery-gray bellow, seen visiting bird droppings.  Photo:  Near Rainier, OR 4/15/2012        

Tree Swallow “Tachycineta bicolor”

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

Tree Swallow “Tachycineta bicolor”, Length 5.5″, wingspan 14.5″and weight 0.7 ounce.  Photo:  Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge near Vancouver, WA 4/02/2012

Pied-billed Grebe

Monday, April 9th, 2012

Pied-billed Grebe “Podilylymbus podiceps”   Length 13″, wingspan 16″ and weight 1 lb.  Photo:  Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge near Vancouver, WA 4/06/2012

Greater Yellowlegs “Tringa melanoleuca”

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

Greater Yelowlegs “Tringa melanoleuca”  Length 14″, wingspan 28″ and weight 6 oz.  Photo: Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge near Vancouver, WA 04/02/2012 & 04/04/2007      

Greater White-fronted Goose

Sunday, April 1st, 2012

Greater White Fronted Goose “Anser albifrons”   Length 28″, wingspan 53″ and weight 4.8 lbs.  These geese were feeding with some snow geese near Burns, OR 3/14/2012