Archive for September, 2013

Silky Phacelia “Phacelia sericea”

Monday, September 30th, 2013




















Silky Phacelia “Phacelia sericea” Waterleaf Family (Hydrophyllaceae) Biennial or Perennial, plant 8-16″ tall, leaves mostly basal, flowers dark blue to purple,  conspicuously long filaments with yellow anthers, summer in rocky soils at higher altitudes in Eastern OR & WA Cascades.  Photo:  Steens Mt. in S.E. OR.  7/12/2006

Great Horned Owl

Sunday, September 29th, 2013

Great Horned Owl “Bubo virginianus” Length 22″‘, wingspan 44″ and weight 3 lbs.  This bird and his mate were at Benson’s Pond at the Malheur Wildlife Refuge near Burns, OR on 9/22/2013


Malheur Field Station

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

My Cousin Larry taking early morning photos at the Malheur Field Station near Burns, OR.  Wide open spaces, peace and quiet and a whiff of sage brush.  It’s worth getting up early here to experience the sunrise.  Photo: 9/22/2013     IMG_6045

Long Barn

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

The Long Barn is located on the P-Ranch at French Glen, OR. The barn is 150 feet long and 50 feet wide (roughly half the size of a football field). Hay was stored down the center aisle and the animals had access to the aisles along both sides. The barn was built for Peter French around 1880 with juniper posts and pine shingles. Photo: 9/21/2013

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Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

Lichens growing on a rock at the Malheur Field Station near Burns, Oregon.  There appears to be a silent battle going on here between the whites colonies and the yellows for territory.  Photo:  9/23/2014 IMG_6069

Barn Owl “Tyto alba”

Thursday, September 19th, 2013


Barn Owl “Tyto alba” Length 16″, wing span 42″ and weight 1 lb. They generally roost and nest in barns and outbuildings have been known to discourage visitors. Photo: Northwest Trek near Eatonville, WA 11/14/20

Roundleaf Alumroot “Heuchera cylindrica”

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013


Roundleaf Alumroot “Heuchera cylindrica” Saxifrage Family (Saxifragaceae).  Perennial, Plant 6-30″ tall, leaves lobed, longer than wide, flowers usually without petals, calyx bell shaped and cream, yellow, pink or green.  Late spring-early summer, rocky slopes in Eastern OR & WA.  Photo:  Near Maupin, OR. 4/19/2007

Creeping Oregon Grape “Mahonia repens”

Monday, September 16th, 2013


Creeping Oregon Grape “Mahonia repens” Barberry Family (Berberidaceae)   Perennial, plant 4-8″, flower bright yellow in terminal clusters, edible sour blue berries with white powdery surface.  Late spring-early summer in dry woodlands of Eastern WA and OR  and S.W. OR.  Photo Big Summit Prairie near Prineville, OR. 6/17/2008

White Bog Orchid “Platanthera dilatata var. dilatata”

Monday, September 16th, 2013

White Bog Orchid “Platanthera dilatata var. dilatata” Orchid Family (Orchidaceae).  Perennial, plant 8-30′ tall, white waxy flowers arranged in a conspicuous spike.  Grows in wet meadows in midsummer at higher elevations in OR & WA.  Photo:  Ochoco Mts. N.E. of Prineville, OR. 6/28/2007


Western Pasque Flower “Anemone occidentalis”

Sunday, September 15th, 2013


Western Pasque Flower “Anemone occidentalis” Buttercup Family (Ranunculaceae), Perennial, plant 8-24″ tall, flowers white 1-2″ wide, seed heads have showy long feather-like hairs.  Blooms in early summer in the alpine meadows of the Cascade, Olympic, Siskiyou and Blue Mts.  Photo:  Mt.Rainier, WA near Paradise Lodge 7/27/2006

Western Pasque Flower “Anemone occidentalis” Buttercup Family (Ranunculaceae). The seed heads have caused this plant to also be called “The Old Man of the Mountain”.  Photo: Mt.Emily, LaGrande, Or. 2006  © Marvin Kellar