Archive for September, 2012
Striped Meadowhawk “Sympetrum pallipes” Approximately 1.5″ long. Brown thorax with two pales stripes, red abdomen with black markings along the lower sides and the eyes are reddish-brown. Females have light brown thorax with pales stripes, brown abdomen with black markings on the upper sides and the eyes are brown. Found throughout OR. Photo: Fish Lake on Steen’s Mt in S.E. OR 9/21/2012
Least Sandpiper “Caldris minutilla” Length 6 inches, wingspan 13 inches and weight 0.7 ounces. These tiny little “peeps” fly in tight formations and they wheel and turn, flashing their light bellies and then their darker backs. Found throughout North America. Photo: Rhu-Red Road near Burns, OR 9/26/2012
Prairie Falcon “Falco mexicanus” Length 15 to 29″, wing span 35 to 43″ and weight 1.2 to 1.8lbs. Females conspicuously larger than the males. These birds have eye streaks extending down onto the cheek. Preys on birds and small mammals. Found in dry open country in Eastern OR & WA. Photo: Near Burns in S.E. OR. 12/19/2011
Wallowa Lake with Mt Howard in the background. The lake is five miles long with a maximum width of one mile and a depth of 283 feet. The elevation of the lake is 4372 feet and Mt Howard is 8256 feet. There is a lodge at the far end of the lake and a tram rises 3700 feet up Mt Howard. The lake was formed by a glacier and it left a large moraine. The ducks in the foreground are Common Mergansers. Photos: Near the town of Joseph in N.E. OR 6/11/2006
Zumwalt Prairie with a herd of cattle grazing in the shadow of the nearby Wallowa Mountains in Northeastern OR. This former home of the Nez Perce is 330,000 acres of native bunch grass. Now it is mostly cattle ranches but the Nature Conservancy has established a preserve here. Hawks and wildflowers are numerous and it is a very quiet place. Photo: Near Imnaha, OR 6/06/2005
Red-osier Dogwood “Cornus sericea” Dogwood Family (Cornaceae) Perennial shrub 6-15′ tall with red stems, conspicuously veined leaves, clusters of small white flowers in early summer followed by very bitter white berries. Found throughout OR & WA in wet areas. Top and Middle Photos: Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge near Vancouver, WA, berries 9/13/2012 and flowers 8/16/2012. Bottom Photo: Vinegar Hill near Prairie City, OR 6/14/2007.