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
Archive for June, 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 “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
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 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.
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
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