Archive for December, 2013

Bolander’s Lily “Lilium bolanderi”

Monday, December 30th, 2013

Bolander’s Lily “Lilium bolanderi”  Lily Family (Liliaceae).  Perennial, scaly bulb, plant 2-4′ tall, leaves in whorls along the stem, flowers dark red to rose with reddish spots on the petals.  Blooms in early-summer in the serpentine areas in S.E. OR .  Photo: Darlingtonia Wayside near Gasquet, CA  7/08/2011.

Pale Swallowtail “Papilio eurymedon”

Sunday, December 29th, 2013


Pale Swallowtail “Papilio eurymedon”   Wingspan approximately 3″  Found throughout OR and WA.  Top Photo: Near Baby Foot Lake on a Snowy Thistle “Cirsium occidentale” near Selma, OR in S.E. OR 7/07/2011.. Lower Photo: Near Rainier OR on a butterfly bush”Buddleia” in my yard OR 7/22/2009

Black-tailed Deer “Odocoileus hemionus columbianus”

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

Black-tailed deer “Odocoileus hemionus columbianus” Deer Family (Cervidae) Found west of the Cascade Mts in Or. and in my back yard.  Photo: Rainier, OR. 11/27/2006

Cyanide Millipede “Harpaphe haydeniana”

Sunday, December 22nd, 2013


Cyanide Millipede “Harpaphe haydeniana”  Approximately 1″ long with twenty body segments, two pair of legs per segment and blind.  They eat organic matter and when handled they release a liquid that stains the skin and smells of almonds (hydrogen cyanide).  Photo;  Saddle Mt near Seaside, Or 5/13/2005

Hooker’s Indian Pink “Silene hookeri”

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

2007-12-26Hooker’s Indian Pink “Silene hookeri” Pink Family (Caryophyllacea). Perennial, 2-8″ in tall, flowers pink, red, salmon or white. Found west of the Cascade Mts. primarily in the Siskiyou Mts of S.E. OR. Photo: Along the Little River near Glide, OR. 4/10/2005

Hydaspe Fritillary Butterfly

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

These are probably male Hydaspie Fritillary butterflies mining minerals from an old fire pit.  Their wingspan is about two inches.     Photo:  Summit Road near La Grande, Oregon 6/28/2003


Lazoli Bunting ” Passerina amoena”

Monday, December 16th, 2013


Lazoli Bunting “Passerina amoena”  Length 6″, wing span 9″ and weight 0.5 oz   Photo: Along the Deschuttes River near Shearers Bridge in north-central Oregon  5/14/2010

Sand Lily “Leucocrinum montanum”

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

Sand Lily “Leucocrinum montanum” Lily  Family (Lilliaceae)  Perennial with a fleshy root stalk, leaves grasslike and 4-8″ long, white flowers approximately 1″ across and arising by a slender tube from an underground ovary.  Blooms late spring in sandy soil in Eastern OR  Photo:  Near Sisters, OR  5/16/2010

Queen of the West

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013


This stern wheeler is 230 feet long and carries 120 passengers on cruises from Portland, OR to Astoria.  From there, they retrace Lewis and Clarks journey up the river to Clarkston, ID.  The trip up the Columbia and the  Snake rivers passes by the explorers old camp sites and the boat travels through 8 locks along the way.  It is an 8 day trip and food and lodging are provided on the boat.  Cruises tend to be spendy, but we are only old once.  Photo:  Rainier, OR 8/26/2010


Skunk Weed “Navarretia squarrosa”

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013


Skunk Weed “Navarretia squarrosa” Phlox Family (Polemoniaceae).  Annual, plant sticky and hairy, 4-12″ tall with strong skunky odor, flowers slender blue tubes 1/4 to 3/8″ in diameter.  Blooms in summer in open areas in Western Or. & Wa.

Photo:  near Rainier, Or. 8/7/2008   © 2008 mkellar