Archive for May, 2013

Azureus Penstemon “Penstemon azureus”

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

Azureus Penstemon “Penstemon azureus” Snapdragon Family (Scrophulariaceae) Perennial plant 10 – 30 inches tall., leaves blue-green, flowers bright lavender-blue.  Blooms midsummer in dry open areas in S.W. OR  Photo:  Rough and Ready Wayside near Cave Junction, OR 5/16/2013_MG_5218

Henderson’s Stars “Triteleia hendersonii”

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

Henderson’s Stars “Triteleia hendersonii”  Lily Family (Liliaceae) Perennial 6 to 12 inches tall with grass like leaves, flowers pale yellow to salmon with brown to purplish stripes and blue pollen.  Grows in gravelly soil in S.W. OR and blooms in early summer. Photo: Jacksonville, OR 5/16/2013_MG_5295

Pitcher Plant “Darlingtonia californica”

Monday, May 27th, 2013














Pitcher Plant or Cobra Lily “Darlingtonia californica” Pitcher-Plant Family (Sarraceniaceae).  Perennial, rhizome, 8-24″ tall, tubular leaves lined with stiff downward pointing hairs, 2″ purple flowers look like little hanging lanterns.    Bogs and seepage areas in S.W. OR and along the OR Coast.  Insects get trapped in the leaves and end up staying for dinner.  Top Photo:  Baby Foot Lake Rd 5/16/213, Middle Photo:  Darlingtonia Trail on Hwy 199 S.W. of Cave Junction, OR  5/25/2012 and Bottom Photo:  4/28/2007

Tolmie’s Pussy Ears “Calochortus tolmiei”

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013


Tolmie’s Pussy Ears “Calochortus tolmiei” Lily Family (Liliaceae) Perennial bulb, plant 4-12″ tall, flowers white to lavender with purple stains at the base, petals hairy including tips.  Early Spring, meadows in Western and N.E. OR.  Photo:  Upper Table Rock near Medford/ OR 5/16/2013 and 4/18/2008

Yerba Santa “Eriodictyon californicum”

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

Yerba Santa “Eriiodictyon californicum”  Waterleaf Family (Hydrophyllaceae)  Perenial shrub 3 to 6 feet tall, leaves narrow 2 to 6 inches long, flowers tubular and white to purple.  dry fields and woodlands in S.W. OR and  into CA.   Photo:  Rough and Ready Wayside near Cave Junction, OR.  5/17/2013


Toketee Falls

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

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Toketee Falls on the North Umqua River.  This is one of our most elegant falls.  The Upper part drops 30 feet and the lower portion plunges another 90 feet.  There is a strategically located viewing platform.  Located just off Hwy 138, east of Roseburg.   Photo:  5//16/2013 and 8/30/2004

Acorn Woodpecker “Melanerpes formicivorus

Monday, May 20th, 2013

Acorn Woodpecker “Melanerpes formicivorus”  Length 9 inches, wingspan 18 inches and weight 2.8 ounces.  These birds live in colonies west of the cascades in OR and CA.  They store acorns in trees and telephone poles and they protect them from intruders. Photo:  Rough and Ready Wayside near Junction City, OR.  5/16/2013. _MG_5268

California Ground Cone “Boschniakia strobilacea”

Sunday, May 19th, 2013

_MG_5296California Ground Cone “Boschniakia strobilacea”  Broom Rape Family (Orobranchaceae).  Cone-like cluster of flowers and bracts that are 3-7″ tall.  Flowers are purple and they poke out between the bracts.  This plant is parasitic on the roots of Manzanita (Arctostaphylos species) and the Pacific Madrone “Arbutus menziesii”.   These plants lack chlorophyl.  Blooms early summer in open areas in S.W. OR.  Photo:  Jacksonville, OR 5/14/2013


Oregon Swallowtail “Papilio oregonius”

Monday, May 13th, 2013

_MG_1006 - Version 3Oregon Swallowtail “Papilio oregonius” Wingspan approx 3″.  Wings with yellow bars on black and abdomen yellow with black striping. Range: Northeast OR and Eastern WA.  Photo: Hat Point in Northeast OR 9/05/2011   

Yellow magnolia

Sunday, May 12th, 2013

_MG_5365The sunlight lit up this blossom on a yellow magnolia at the Portland Classical Chinese Garden.  Beauty is where you find it and this is one of my favorite places to look.   Photo: Portland, OR 4/30/2009