Archive for May, 2012

Harbor Seal “Phoca Vitulina”

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

Harbor Seal “Phoca vitulina”  Length 4-6 feet with an average weight of about 180 pounds but males can weigh nearly 300 pounds.  Their coloring is either white with dark splotches or dark with white splotches. They can dive to  depths of 1,500 feet and stay submerged for 20 minutes however, most dives are less than 60 feet.  They eat fish, squid, crabs etc but are prey to sharks, sea lions and killer whales.  Harbor seals do not migrate.  Photo:  Gualala, CA located in Northern CA.   5/26/2012          

Big-leaf Sandwort “Moehringia macrophylla”

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

Big-leaf Sandwort “Moehringia macrophylla” Pink Family (Caryophyllaceae)  Perenial, plant 3 – 8 inches tall, leaves lance-shaped, flowers have 5 white rounded petals. Blooms in late spring/early summer throughout OR and WA in varied habitats.  Photo: Conboy Lake Wildlife Refuge near Glenwood , WA  5/19/2012 

Mt. Adams, Washington State

Monday, May 21st, 2012











Mt. Adams is approximately 31 miles east of Mt St, Helens and the elevation is 12,281 feet.  This photo was taken at the Conboy Lake National Wildlife Refuge near Glenwood, WA which is an excellent place to visit.  There is a short hike (approx 3.0 miles round trip with wildflowers, butterflies, dragonflies, birds, possibly a spotted frog and of course a gorgeous view.  Photo:  5/19/2012

Columbia Puccoon “Lithospermum ruderale”

Sunday, May 20th, 2012

Columbia Puccoon “Lithospermum ruderale” Borage Family (Boraginaceae)  Perennial, height 10-20″, leaves clusters of lance shaped leaves, flowers pale yellow in dense clusters among the upper leaves.  Blooms late spring/early summer in open areas in Eastern OR and WA.  This plant is just starting to bloom.  Photo:  Conboy Lake National Wildlife Refuge near Glenwood, WA  5/19/2012

Western Meadowrue “Thalictrum occidentale”

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

Western Meadowrue “Thalictrum occidentale”  Buttercup Family (Ranunculaceae).  Perennial, plant 1-3′ tall, sepals 4-5, petals none, 6-9 dark red styles 2-3mm long, small multiply divided leaves, moist shady places.  Top photo:  female plant on  Saddle Mt. near Seaside, OR  5/13/2005 and the Bottom photo is a male plant blooming at the same location on the same date.

Golden Eagle “Aqula chrysaetos”

Monday, May 14th, 2012

Golden Eagle “Aqula chrysaetos”  Length 39″, wingspan 80″ and weight 10 lbs.  Found in mountainous areas throughout the Pacific Northwest.   This gorgeous bird is giving me the keen eye and it flew away shortly after I took the picture.  Photo:   Near Burns, OR 5/07/2012

California Quail “Callipepla californica”

Thursday, May 10th, 2012















California Quail “Callipepla californica” Length 10″, wingspan 14″ and weight 6 ounces.   Top Photo:  Malheur Field Station near Burns, OR 5/06/2012 and Bottom photo 3/14/2012


Yellow Warbler “Dendroica petechia”

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

Yellow Warbler “Dendroica petechia”  Length 4 inches, wingspan 8 inches and weight 0.33 ounces.  Photo:  Malheur Wildlife Refuge near Burns, OR  5/06/2012     

Pacific Bleeding Heart “Dicentra formosa subspecies formosa”

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

Pacific Bleeding Heart “Dicentra formosa subspecies formosa” Bleeding Heart Family (Fumariaceae).  Perennial, Plant 6-18″ tall, leaves in fern like segments, flowers heart shaped and pinkish-purple.  Blooms in spring in damp shaded areas in Western OR. & WA.  Photo:  Near Rainier, OR 5/01/2008

Arrowleaf Balsamroot “Balsamorhiza sagittata”

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012


Arrowleaf Balsamroot “Balsamorhiza sagittata” Sunflower Family (Asteraceae).  Perennial, plant 1-3′ tall, flower stem 1-3″ tall with 4″ yellow flowers and the outer ray flowers are 1-2″ long.  Blooms all summer east of the cascade in OR & WA.  Upper Photo:  Dead Indian Road east of Ashland, Or 7/09/2011.  Middle Photo: Rowena Point, OR in the Columbia River Gorge 4/06/2007 and Bottom Photo:  Near Maupin, OR 4/17/2012