Archive for October, 2012

Oregon Forestsnail “Allogona townsendiana”

Monday, October 29th, 2012


Oregon Forest Snail “Allogona townsendiana”  They are 1.5 to 2″ in diameter and live in areas that have big leaf maples and stinging nettles.  They are said to very common but of course I live in the Pacific Northwest and  I have big leaf maples and stinging nettles.   Photo: Near Rainier, OR 5/14/2005

Fairy-slipper “Calypso bulbosa”

Sunday, October 28th, 2012

Fairy-slipper “Calypso bulbosa” Orchid Family (Orchidaceae) Perennial, bulbous corm with a single basal leaf, plant 3-7″ tall.  Petals usually reddish purple fading with age and fragrant but definately not for picking. Found west of Cascades and Blue Mts in OR & WA and around the world in Northern latitudes.  Photo: Zumwalt Prairie in N.E. OR 6/07/2005


Western Fence Lizard “Sceloporus occidentalis”

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

Western Fence Lizard “Sceloporus occidentalis”  Length 7 inches, found in a large range of habitats where there are rock piles or logs but they are absent in flat deserts and humid forests.  They subsist on a variety of insects.  Photot:  Near The Dalles OR 5/12/2005

Toughleaf Iris “Iris tenax”

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

Toughleaf Iris “Iris tenax”.  Iris Family (Iridaceae) Perennial, plant 8-14″ tall, petals white, to yellow, to blue but most often purple.  Blooms late spring near forests from the Cascade Mts. to the coast in OR and WA.  The tough leaf fibers were used by the Native Americans to make cordage.  Top Photo:  Saddle Mt. near Seaside, OR 5/13/2005 and Lower Photo: Along the Clackamas River near Estacada, OR 5/28/2010



Blanket Flower “Gaillardia aristata”

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

Blanket Flower “Gaillardia aristata” Sunflower Family (Asteraceae).  Perennial, plant 1-3′ tall, central dome of many reddish disk flowers surrounded by 6-16 yellow ray flowers with reddish bases.  Spring and summer in the grasslands of Eastern WA. & N.E. OR.  Photo:  South of Pendleton, OR 6/29/2004

Giant Red Paintbrush “Castilleja miniata”

Sunday, October 21st, 2012

Giant Red Paintbrush “Castillega miniata”.  Snapdragon Family (Scrophulariaceae)  Perennial, plant 1-2′ tall, flowers mostly concealed by brightly colored hairy bracts (modified leaves).  The green beaks are the flowers and they extend beyond the brightly colored bracts. Blooms summer in moist areas throughout OR & WA  Top Photo:  Saddle Mt near Seaside, OR 5/13/2005 and Lower Photo:  Rough & Ready Wayside near Cave Junction 4/28/2007

Bruneau Mariposa Lily “Calochortus bruneaunis”

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

Bruneau Mariposa Lily “Calochortus bruneaunis” Lily Family (Liliaceae) Perennial bulb, plant 6-15″ tall, leaves wither before flowers bloom, flowers white with purple and yellow splotches at the base of the petals.  Blooms early summer in the sagebrush of S.E. OR.  Photo: Pueblo Mountains near Fields, OR  7/10/2011.


Edmonds-Kingston Ferry

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

The Spokane and Puyallup Ferries travel the Puget Sound between Edmonds and Kingston WA and the 30 minute trip can transport a maximum of 166 automobiles.  Photo:  From the wharf in Edmonds just north of Seattle, WA 6/01/2012

Sourwood Tree “Oxydendrum arboreum”

Monday, October 15th, 2012


Sourwood Tree “Oxydendrum arboreum”  Heath Family (Ericaceae). Native to the S.E. United States and one of our finest specimen trees for landscaping.  Slow growing with a height of up to 40′. Pendulous white bell shaped flowers in mid-summer, gorgeous bright scarlet leaf color with with fruit capsules in the fall that persist through the winter and glossy green foliage in the spring.  Photo:  Forestry Center in Portland, Or 9/18/2009  © Marvin Kellar

Red-necked Phalarope “Phalaropus lobatus”

Sunday, October 14th, 2012

Red-necked Phalarope “Phalaropus lobatus” Length 8 inches, wingspan 15 inches 1.2 ounces.  During the mating season (April-July) the necks on females are red and more brown on males.  The colors on non-breeding birds is white below and streaked gray above with a conspicuous black eye streak.  Photo: Near Burns, OR 9/24/2012