Archive for November, 2013

Flounder Fishing

Monday, November 25th, 2013


Heading out for flounder fishing in Tillamook Bay in the early morning near Garibaldi OR.  Photo:  3/14/2008

Red Alder “Alnus rubus” (male catkins)

Sunday, November 24th, 2013


Red Alder “Alnus rubra” (male catkins), Birch family (betulaceae).  Tree 30-90′ tall,  male and female catkins in the spring.  Grows in moist area in Western Or and Wa. Photo:  near Rainier, Or 4/7/2009

Red-winged Blackbird

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

Red-winged Blackbird “Agelaius phoeniceus”  Holding court while perched on a teasel.  Length  8.5″, wingspan 13″ and weight 1.8oz.  Widespread in OR and WA.  Photo:  Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge near Vancouver, WA  5/16/2009 _mg_5478_12-480x403

Narrowleaf Skullcap “Scutellaria angustifolia”

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

Narrow-leaf Skullcap “Scutellaria angustifolia”  Mint Family (Lamiaceae),  Perennial, plant 4-12″ tall, flowers blue with tubular crest on the upper lip, dry plains and foothills east of the of the Cascades Mts.   Photo:  Big Summit Meadow East of Prineville , OR 6/26/2007


Piggy-back Plant “Tolmiea menziesii”

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013


Piggy-back Plant “Tolmiea menziesii” Saxifrage Family (Saxifragaceae).  Perennial, plant 12-30″ tall, flowers with purple thread-like petals, small plantlets may form on the leaves.  Blooms in late spring-early summer in the moist woods of Western OR  & WA.  Photo:  Near Clatskanie, OR. 4/29/2005

Golden-crowned Sparrow

Monday, November 18th, 2013

Golden-crowned Sparrow “Zonotrichia atricapilla”  Length 7″, Wingspan 9″ and weight 1 oz.  Photo:  Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge near Vancouver, WA 4/23/2012 

American Mink

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

American Mink “Mustela vison”,  Found near streams, rivers and marshes throughout the U.S.  Approximately 2 feet long, up to 3 pounds and primarily nocturnal.  This animal was feasting on a Canada Goose at Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden.  Photo:  Portland Oregon 10/24/2013

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Shellberg Falls, Oregon

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

This is a trail behind Shellberg Falls just west of Salem.  The cave was created by the action of waves before the Coast Range was formed.  A layer of overhanging basalt has protected the underlying beach sand from further erosion.  The Silver Creek Falls were formed in similar fashion.  Notice the small bench along the trail just to the right of center.  Photo:  Near Mehama, OR 9/16/2007.Shellburg FallsShellburg Falls

Japanese Spider Lily

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013



Japanese Spider Lily “Nerine bowdenii” (variety Fenwick?) Bulb with clusters of beautiful pink flowers on two foot stems blooming in the fall. Native of South Africa and it is hardy in Zone 8 if protected with mulch. Photo: Edmonds, WA near the wharf on the Puget Sound. 11/10/2013




Snoqualmie Falls

Monday, November 11th, 2013

Snoqualmie Falls is located 25 miles east of Seattle and the water plunges 268 feet over granite cliffs into a pool. The spray produces a conspicuous fine mist but the falls are gorgeous. Salsih Lodge and Spa is located on the cliff just above the falls. Photo: 11/10/2013

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