Archive for June, 2012

Yellow-Bellied Marmot “Marmota flaviventris”

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

Yellow-Bellied Marmot “Marmota flaviventris”  Marmots are about 20 inches long with a bushy tail.  They have a black and white face, grizzled dark gray above and a yellow belly.  They tend to be easily spotted sunning themselves in rocky areas.  Males weigh 7 to 11 pounds, the females are 3 – 5 pounds  Top photo: female and lower photo:  male.  Taken near Palouse Falls in S.E. WA 6/22/2012

Steptoe Butte

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

Steptoe Butte was named after  Colonel E. J. Steptoe and it is approximately 1,000 feet above the surrounding area.  The rolling hills were formed by the ancient floods and the patchwork of the farmers fields is quite picturesque  when viewed from the parking lot at the top.  Photo:  Near Colfax, WA 6/22/2012

Hoary Balsamroot “Balsamorhiz incana”

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012















Hoary Balsamroot “Balsamorhiza incana” Sunflower Family (Asteraceae) Perennial, plant 8-36″ tall, leaves divided fernlike, flowers have 13 or more yellow ray flowers surrounding the center of disk flowers.  Blooms early spring  in damp meadows in N.E. OR.  Photo:  Summit Road near La Grande, OR 6/22/2012

Palouse Falls

Monday, June 25th, 2012

The Palouse River drops approximately 185 feet into the pool below and this is the view from the parking lot.  If you look closely, you can see someone wearing white clothing standing next to the pool at about the 11 o’clock position.  A man went over the falls in a kayak last year but I don’t remember why.  Photo:  Near Kahlotus, WA in S.E. WA 6/22/2012

Mountain Kittentails ” Synthyris missurica”

Sunday, June 24th, 2012

Mountain Kittentails “Synthyris missurica subsp. missurica”  Perennial, plant 6-18″ tall, leaves toothed and shiny, flowers in blue spikes. Blooms in early summer in rocky forested areas in mountainous areas in the Columbia River Gorge, Wallowa Mts. and the Eastern Cascades of Southern OR.  Photo: Mt Emily near La Grande, OR 6/22/2012. 

Phantom Orchid “Cephalanthus austiniae”

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

Phantom Orchid “Cepahalanthus austiniae”  Perennial, plant 8-20″, leaves absent, flowers white with yellow spotting on the lip.  Blooms in early summer in deep shade during early summer (but not every year).   Photo:  Conboy Lake Wildlife Refuge near Glenwood, WA 6/14/2012

Queen’s Cup “Clintonia uniflora”

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012


Queen’s Cup “Clintonia uniflora” Lily Family (Liliaceae). Perennial, plant 2-5″ tall, 1″ diam. white flower, bright blue berry approx 3/8″ in diameter.  Blooms in moist shaded forest. Coastal and Cascade Mts. and N.E. Or. & WA.  Top Photo:  Conboy Lake Wildlife Refuge near Glenwood, WA 6/14/2012, Bottom Photo: Wallowa Lake,  OR 6/27/04  and Berry Photo:  Whatum Lake near Mt Hood OR 10/06/2007

Pink Pinwheels “Horkelia fusca”

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

Pink Pinwheels “Horkelia fusca” Perrennial, plant 8 -24″ tall, leaves fern-like, flowers white or pink in a reddish cup-shaped calyx.  Blooms early summer in damp locations in the Siskiyous, Wallowas and Cascade Mts in the Pacific N.W.  Photo: Conboy Wildlife Refuge near Glenwood, WA 6/14/2012 

Trapper’s Tea “Ledum glandulosum”

Monday, June 18th, 2012















Trapper’s Tea “Ledum glandulosum” Heath Family (Ericaceae). Perennial, shrub 3-6″ tall, leaves leathery & evergreen, flowers whitish, stamens prominent. Blooms early summer in bogs along the coast in OR & WA, the Wallowa Mts in N.E. OR and the WA Cascades. Also listed as “Rhododendron glandulosum” and closely related to Labrador Tea” “Ledum groenlandicum”.  Top Photo: Darlingtonia Wayside near Gasquet, CA 7/08/2011 and Lower Photo: 5/28/2012


Bitter Cherry “Prunus emarginata”

Sunday, June 17th, 2012













Bitter Cherry “Prunus emarginata” Rose Family (Rosaceae).  Perennial, shrub or small tree 3-25′ tall, leaves finely toothed, flowers with five white petals and many stamens, berries bright red and bitter.  Booms late spring throughout OR and WA.  Photo:  Eight Dollar Road near Selma in S.E.  5/29/2012.