Archive for November, 2012

Pacific Dogwood “Cornus nuttallii”

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

Pacific Dogwood “Cornus nuttallii”  Dogwood family (Cornaceae). 10 to 50′ trees with large white bracts (modified leaves) surrounding a head of tiny flowers. Grows in the moderate climate west of the Cascades Mts. and also in the Wallowa Mts. of N.E. OR. Green leaves turn to a beautiful bright red in the fall.  Photo: Near Mehama, OR. 5/03/2004


Big-Pod Mariposa Lily “Calochortus eurycarpus”

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

Big-Pod Mariposa Lily – “Calochortus eurycarpus” grows in Eastern Oregon.  Flowers 2″ across and they bloom in early summer. The color has always reminded me of spumoni ice cream. The bulbs are edible but the flowers are much too pretty to be tempting.  Photo: Big Summit Meadow N.E. of Prineville, OR  6/26/2007

Male Whitetail Dragonfly “Libellula lydia”

Sunday, November 25th, 2012

Male Whitetail Dragonfly “Libellula lydia”.  Males have  bluish-white body and wings with a dark patch at the base and a dark band across the middle. Females have a a brown body and wings with a brown patch at the base, middle and tip.  Compound eyes with as many as 30,000 separate receptors each of which is a separate light sensing organ.  Dragonflies are said to be the world’s fastest insects and they can reach speeds of 20-35 mph.  Photo:  Krumbo Reservoir, Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns, OR  7/03/2009

Wild Turkey “Meleagris gallopavo”

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012









Wild Turkey “Meleagris gallopavo”  Male: length 46″, wingspan 64″ weight 16 pounds. Photo: Near Imnaha, OR 5/4/2007


Lewis and CLark Bridge

Monday, November 19th, 2012

Lewis and Clark Bridge across the Columbia and fishermen returning to the dock.  Photo:  Rainier, OR 8/19/2009

Butterweed groundsel “Senecio serra”

Sunday, November 18th, 2012

Butterweed groundsel “Senecio serra” Aster Family (Asteraceae). Perennial, plant 2-6′ tall, numerous yellow disk flowers surrounded by irregular spaced yellow ray flowers, Eastern OR & WA at higher elevations. This congregation of Fritillary Butterflies was quite a treat. Photo: Burnt Cabin Creek near Seneca, OR 8/01/2007

Green-Banded Mariposa Lily

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

Green-Banded Mariposa Lily “Calochortus macrocarpus” Lily Family (Lilliaceae).  Perennial, Scaly bulb 8-18″ tall, large showy flowers with a green band on the underside of the petals.  Single grass-like leaf that withers as the plant blooms.  Dry open prairies in Eastern OR & WA.  Photo near Madras, OR 6/18/2008

American Bison “Bison bison”

Monday, November 12th, 2012


American Bison “Bison bison”.   Height; 6 feet tall, length; 10 feet long and weight: 2,200 pounds.  The last wild bison in Oregon was killed in the Owyhee Mountains in Eastern Oregon in 1840.  These animals were raised on a ranch near Halfway, Oregon and are in no-way tame.  Invade their space and they are apt to do a tap dance on you that you won’t remember.  We drove through the herd in a Lincoln Town Car to make sure they got a little exercise and the car got stuck in a “buffalo wallow”. We had to call the owners son on a cell phone and he pulled us out with a backhoe. The calves are cute but they soon outgrow it.   Photo:    Near Halfway, OR in North-Eastern Oregon 6/13/2006

Cattle Drive

Sunday, November 11th, 2012

Cattle Drive in Eastern Oregon.  This is not the way they used to do it but times have changed.  Photo:  Near Haines, OR just west of Baker City  6/12/2006  

Rocky Mountain Iris “Iris missouriensis”

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

Rocky Mountain Iris “Iris missouriensis”.  Stately lavender-blue flowers on stems 1 to 2′ tall from May to July.  Ranging from the Cascade Mts. as far east as Nebraska.  Six species of Iris are native to OR. and all are beautiful.  Photo:  Near Prineville, OR 7/10/07