Archive for April, 2013

Anise Swallowtail “Papilio zelicaon”

Monday, April 29th, 2013


Anise Swallowtail “Papilio zelicaon”  Wingspan 2.5-3″.  This butterfly was netted, placed in a cooler and then released.  It flew away just after this picture was taken.  Found throughout Or & Wa.  Photo:  Malheur Bird Refuge near Burns, Or 7/04/2009  © Marvin Kellar

Siskiyou Iris “Iris bracteata”

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

Siskiyou Iris “Iris bracteata” Iris Family (Iridaceae).  Perennial, rhizome, plant approx 12″ tall, leaves are lighter green on the underside, flowers yellow to cream flowers with prominent venation, ovary located close to the petals.  Blooms in late spring on serpentine soils in S.E. OR.  Photo: Near  Oregon Caves, OR.  4/29/2007

Slender Tubed Iris “Iris chrysophylla”

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

Slender Tubed Iris “Iris chrysophylla”  Iris Family (Iridaceae)  Perennial, Plant 5-10″ tall, flowers pale yellow to cream with darker venation. The ovary of this iris is located 2-4″ below the petals in the “slender tube” (i.e. stem).  Blooms in late spring in open areas at low elevations west of the Cascades in OR.  Photo:  Near Glide, OR 4/17/2010

Golden Iris “Iris innominata”

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013














Golden Iris or Rainbow Iris “Iris innominata”  Perennial, plant 6-24″ tall, leaves evergreen and 1/8″ wide, flowers are golden-yellow, light cream, apricot, orange. light pink or deep blue-purple.  Blooms in late spring in shaded areas in S.W. OR and N.W. CA.  Upper Photo:  Near Baby Foot Lake in S.E. OR 7/07/2011 and Middle , Photo:  Near Darlingtonia Wayside on Hwy 199 in S.E. OR, 4/18/2010 and Lower Photo:  Near Selma, OR in S.E. OR 5/29/2012

Belding Ground Squirrel “Spermophilus belding”

Monday, April 22nd, 2013


Belding Ground Squirrel “Spermophilus belding”.  I was lying on my stomach taking a close up of a wildflower and this little guy came up to see what I was up to.  I took a close up of him and he squeaked at me and very quickly disappeared.  Photo: Zumwalt Prairie in N.E. Oregon.  6/07/2007

Common Western Monkeyflower “Mimulus guttatus”

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

Common Western Monkeyflower “Mimulus guttatus” Snapdragon Family (Scrophulariaceae).  Both perinneal and annual, plant  3-18″ tall, 1″ yellow flowers with red dots in the throat area,   Truly ubiquitous though quite variable in form, grows in wet areas in Spring & Summer.  Photo: Saddle Mt near Seaside, OR 5/13/2005


Fritillary Butterflies

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013


Fritillary species are often difficult to differentiate.  This is probably a recent hatch nectaring on Butterweed “Senecio serra”.  Photo:   West of Seneca, OR  in the Malheur Mts of Eastern Oregon 8/01/2007

Avalanche Lily “Erythronium montanum”

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

img_0943_1_1_1Avalanche Lily “Erythronium montanum” Lily Family (Lilliaceae). Perennial, corm, plant 6-8″ tall, flowers 1-4 glistening white with yellow orange base.  Blooms in mountain meadows in large patches after the snow melts in the Cascades of OR and WA and in the higher peaks in the Coastal Mts.  Photo:  Mt. Rainier, WA 7/27/2006

Glacier Lily “Erythronium grandiflorum”

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

Glacier Lily “Erythronium grandiflorum” Lily family (Lilliaceae). Perennial, corm, plant 6-12″ tall, flowers golden yellow, early spring in mid to high elevations throughout Or. & Wa. and the Columbia River Gorge. Flowers in different areas may have white, yellow or dark red anthers.  Photo: Mt Emily near La Grande, OR 4/28/2006

American Egret ”Ardea alba”

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013


















American Egret “Ardea alba” White feathers and blackish legs and feet. Length 39″, wingspan 51″ and weight of 1.9 pounds.  They are found throughout the U.S. and mostly in open water.  Photo:  Malheur Wildlife Refuge near Burns, OR  7/02/2009