Archive for December, 2012

Bunchberry “Cornus unalaschkensis”

Thursday, December 20th, 2012


Bunchberry “Cornus unalaschkensis” Dogwood Family (Cornaceae).  Perennial with trailing stems, 4-8″ tall, leaves red in Winter, tightly bunched flowers surrounded by 4 white petal-like bracts, edible red berry-like fruits. Cascade Mts. to the Coast and in the Blue Mts.  Photo: Along the Clackamas River east of Estacada, OR. 6/16/2006

The red bunchberries are edible but they are described as mealy and somewhat bitter. Photo:  Whatum Lake 10/06/2007



Slender Goldfields “Lasthenia californica”

Sunday, December 16th, 2012

Slender Goldfields “Lasthenia californica”.  Sunflower Family (Asteraceae)  Annual, plant 2-12″ tall, leaves opposite on stem. Blooms early spring in S.W. OR.  Photo: Lower Table Rock near Medford, OR  4/14/2005

Dutchman’s Breeches “Dicentra cucullaria”

Thursday, December 13th, 2012

Dutchman’s Breeches “Dicentra cucullaria” Bleedingheart Family (Fumariaceae). Perennial, 6-15″ tall, leaves divided in multiple segments, flowers resemble inverted pantaloons and they are white to pink. Blooms in late spring in moist rocky areas in the Columbia River Gorge and Northeast Oregon. Photo: Mt. Emily near La Grande, OR 7/13/2007

Western Blue Flax “Linum lewisii”

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

Western Blue Flax “Linum lewisii” Flax Family (Linaceae).  Perennial, the bright blue flowers are 1 to 2″ in diameter on slender stems 1 to 3′ tall.  Cascade Mts. and Eastern OR.  The plant fibers are used in the production of linen and the seeds are pressed to obtain linseed oil.  Photo: Enterprise, OR 6/8/2005









Creek Trillium “Pseudotrillium rivale”

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

Creek Trillium “Pseudotrillium rivale” formerly “Trillium rivale”, Lily Family (Liliaceae).  Perennial, bulbous rhizome, plant 1.5 to 6″ tall, flowers white and spattered with pink or purple.  Blooms early spring in moist areas near woods in S.W. Or.  Photo:  Darlingtonia Trail on Hwy 199 S.W. of Cave Junction, Or.  3/20/2009.

Bonneville shooting Star “Dodecatheon conjugens”

Monday, December 10th, 2012

Bonneville shooting Star “Dodecatheon conjugens”  Primrose Family (Primulaceae)  Perennial, Leaves 2-6″ long, flowers magenta with white, yellow and dark purple near the base.  Blooms in spring in wet areas in eastern OR & WA.  Photo:  Vinegar Hill near Prairie City, OR 6/14/2007

Painted Turtle “Chrysemys picta”

Thursday, December 6th, 2012
Painted Turtle “Chrysemys picta”  Turtles eat plants and small animals and they hibernate in the mud in pond bottoms during the winter,  Common in the Eastern U.S. and in the Pacific Northwest.  Top Photo: Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge near Vancouver, WA  4/02/2012  and Lower Photos: 5/16/2009.  

Pronghorn “Antilocapra americana”

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

Pronghorn “Antilocapra americana”  Height at shoulders is about three feet and adult weight is 100 – 125 pounds.  Both sexes have horns (not antlers) that they shed in November or December.  The young weigh only a few pounds at birth but within a few day they can outrun a man.  Adults can reach speeds of approximately forty miles an hour. Found in eastern Oregon and their range extends from Canada to Mexico.  Photo: Steens Mt in southeastern OR 7//04/2008


American Kestrel “Falco sparverius”

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

American Kestrel “Falco sparverius”  Length 9″, wingspan 22″ and weight 4 oz. This is our smallest falcon and they are often seen perching on power lines near open fields.  They are inclined to hover as they hunt insects, rodents and small birds. Upper photo: Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge near Vancouver, WA 3/25/2011  Middle:  Ridgefield 4/02/2012  and Lower photo:   Zumwalt Prairie near Joseph, OR 5/07/2007

Northern Pintail “Anas acuta”

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

Northern Pintail “Anas acuta”  Length 21″, Wingspan 34″ and weight 1.8 lbs.  Upper Photo:  Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge near Vancouver, WA 03/11/2011