Archive for June, 2013

Sea Kayaks

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

Sea kayaks embarking into the Haro Strait from San Juan Island in Northwest Washington. Fun for some, but too strenuous for many.  Canada can be seen on the horizon.  Photo: 6/20/2013_MG_5561

Lime Kiln State Park

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

_MG_5587 - Version 3 Lighthouse at Lime Kiln State Park on San Juan Island with Canada on the horizon.  Photo: 6/20/2013 

Prickly Poppy “Argemone munita”

Monday, June 24th, 2013

Prickly Poppy “Argemone munita” Poppy Family (Papaveraceae}.  Annual or perennial, prickly plant 18-30″ tall, white papery flowers 2-3″ in diameter and across with 150-200 stamens.  Blooms in summer and grows in gravelly desert soils.  Photo:  Near the Alvord Desert in S.E Oregon 7/10/2011 and 8/04/2007

Three-leaf Lewisia “Lewisia triphylla”

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

Three-leaf Lewisia “Lewisia triphylla” Purslane Family (Portulacaceae) Perennial, plant 1-4″ tall, leaves fleshy & 2.5″ long, flowers small & white with pink pencil lines, early summer in damp meadows in Cascades of OR & WA & the Blue Mountains,  This tiny jewel is the only Lewisia without a rosette of leaves.  Photo:  Mt. Emily near La Grande, OR  7/26/2007

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Mormon Cricket “Anabrus simplex”

Monday, June 17th, 2013

MG_9970_1-480x402Mormon Cricket “Anabrus simplex”  Body length approximately 2 inches, black, brown or green.  Photo:  Grizzly Peak near Ashland, OR 9/06/2010

American Goldfinch “Carduelis tristis”

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

_MG_5474 - Version 3American Goldfinch “Carduelis tristis”  Length 5inches, wingspan 9 inches and weight 12 grams.  These little seed eaters are often seen on thistles but this one is on a teasel while eating grass seeds.  Photo: Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge near Vancouver, WA 5/30/2013




Henderson’s Fawn Lily “Erythronium hendersonii”

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013


Henderson’s Fawn Lily “Erythronium hendersonii” Lily Family (Liliaceae). Perennial, corm, plant 6-12″ tall, basal leaves mottled with brown and white, flowers 1-4 with pale lavender petals,. Mid-spring in meadows and mixed woods in the Siskiyous of S.W. OR.   Photo: Lower Table Rock near Medford, OR. 4/14/2005

Fuscia-flowered Gooseberry “Ribes lobbii”

Monday, June 10th, 2013

crw_5980_1-475x480Fuscia-flowered Gooseberry “Ribes lobbii” Gooseberry Family (Grossulariaceae).  Perennial, plant 2-4′ tall, leaves shiny and shallow lobed, 3 spines at nodes, flowers with red sepals folded back and white petals.  Blooms in early summer in western OR & WA.  Photo: Near Oregon Caves in S.W. OR 4/27/2007

Golden Currant “Ribes aureum”

Sunday, June 9th, 2013













Golden Currant “Ribes aureum” Gooseberry Family (Grossulariaceae) Perennial, shrub 3-9′ tall, leaves three lobed and 1-2″ wide, calyx yellow, petals yellow and turning to orange.  Fruits red, orange or black.  Blooms spring in Eastern OR & WA in moist areas. Upper Photo: Along the Deschutes River near Sherars Bridge 4/17/2012 and Lower Photo:  6/16/2010

Twinflower “Linnaea borealis”

Thursday, June 6th, 2013


Twinflower “Linnaea borealis” Honeysuckle Family (Caprifoliaceae). Perennial, creeping evergreen 2-6″ tall with shiny green leaves and pale pink fragrant flowers. Common in the Cascades, Coastal & Blue Mts. of Or. & Wa. and around the world in the northern latitudes. Carl Linnaeus chose this plant to commemorate his name.  Photo: Lolo Pass near Zig Zag, OR. 8/4/2005