Archive for October, 2013

Song Sparrow

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

Song Sparrow “Melospiza melodia”   “Fairly long-tailed,, round-headed and stout billed; coarsely streaked with bold brown lateral throat-stripe and central breast-spot.  Soft call note very distinctive.  Length 6.25 inches, wingspan 8.25 inches and weight 0.7 ounces.  From: “Sibley Guide to Birds”.  Photo:  Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden in Portland, OR 10/24/2013




Shaggy Mane

Monday, October 28th, 2013

Shaggy Mane “Coprinus comatus” White, scaly, cylindrical mushroom that eventually expands into a bell shape . They appear “inky” around the edges as they age. The stalk is about 8 inches tall and the cap is 2 to 3 inches in diameter. They are said to be edible. Photo: Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden Portland, OR 10/24/2013

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Western Larch

Sunday, October 27th, 2013

_MG_6337_2Western Larch “Larix occidentalis” is our only deciduous conifer.  The needles change color from green to yellow before dropping off, providing bright coloration among the evergreens in the forests east of the Cascades in the fall.  These trees grow to a height of 140 to 180 feet and the bark may be 6 inches thick at ground level.  They are relatively resistant to fire and that tends to make them more common in areas that have been burned over by forest fires.  Photo:  Near Paulina in Central Oregon 20/19/2013




Rhododendron Garden

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden in Portland, OR.  Very few flowers this time of year but there are various shades of green and good color from the fall leaves.  It is a pleasant stroll and there are a variety of ducks and geese.  There is no entrance fee until spring.  Photo:  10/24/2013

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Quaking Aspen

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

Quaking Aspen “Populus tremuloides” Temperatures below 45 degrees stop chlorophyl production and when the green disappears, the underlying yellow pigments in the leaves become visible.  Photo: Near Paulina, OR 10/19/2013_MG_6327 - Version 2

Hunter’s Moon

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

_MG_6278 - Version 2The simple and quiet beauty of the Hunter’s Moon rising up over the sagebrush.

Photo: Malheur Field Station near Burns, OR 10/18/2013

Crack in the Ground

Monday, October 21st, 2013

Crack in the Ground was produced by a tension fracture that occurred approximately 1,100 years ago.  It is 3 to 50 feet wide, up to 70 feet deep and a little over 2 miles long.  There is a reasonable trail along the bottom of the crack but it requires some scrambling over the rocks.   The location is near Christmas Valley S.E. of Bend, OR.  Photo: 10/17/2013

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Elk on the run

Sunday, October 20th, 2013


Saw a cloud of dust in the sage brush and thought it was probably cattle or horse, then they made a right turn, ran across the road and up the hill.  It turned out to be a herd of elk but I have no idea who or what they were running from.  This one of those surprises that you never anticipate seeing when you left home.  Photo:  Burns-Denio Highway south of Burns 10/11/2013


Columbia River

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

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Columbia River at Rainier, OR with the Lewis and Clark Bridge in the background.  The large ship is loaded with automobiles on their way to Portland.  The man in the small boat in the foreground is a sports fisherman anchored at the edge of the channel.   I took this on a 100 mile trip from Portland to Astoria on a tour boat.  Photo:  09/09/2013


Moose “Alces alces”

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

Moose “Alces alces” Height: 6 to 7 feet. Weight: Males 900-1500 pounds and females 600 – 800 pounds. This is a young male from Alaska and I have been told that males must be  neutered before they can leave the state.  Photo:  Northwest Trek near Eatonville, WA 11/14/2009