Archive for September, 2012

Steen’s Mountain

Sunday, September 30th, 2012

Steen’s Mountain from the east side just north of Alvord Lake with sunflowers, sagebrush and rabbitbrush in the foreground. Photo: 9/23/2012

Striped Meadowhawk “Sympetrum pallipes”

Thursday, September 27th, 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 “Calidris minutilla”

Wednesday, September 26th, 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”

Wednesday, September 19th, 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


Sahalie Falls

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012










Sahalie Falls is a 140-foot drop and it is located on the McKenzie River and the name is derived from the Chinook word for “high”.  This falls has its own overflow and the plume on the right is absent when there is less water.  Photo:  East of Sweet Home, OR 6/18/2007

Wallowa Lake

Monday, September 17th, 2012


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

Sunday, September 16th, 2012












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”

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012


























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.

Emma’s Dancer “Argia emma”

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012


Emma’s Dancer “Argia emma” Body length less than 1.5″ long.  Males are lavender with a narrow black stripe on top of the thorax, the abdomen is lavender and the last two tail segments are blue.  Females are brown.  Photo: Along the Silvies River near Seneca, OR 7/28/2012



Praying Mantis “Stagmomantis californica”

Monday, September 10th, 2012

Praying Mantis “Stagmomantis californica” Length 2 to 3″, color brown, yellow or green and they fly a lot like a grasshopper.  The eat insects including their own species.   Native to the West Coast and they are found in grassy areas.  Photo:  Mima Mound near Olympia, WA 9/06/2012