Archive for February, 2014


Thursday, February 27th, 2014


This is not a garden flower but it is a wild picture.  This is an up close and personal photo of the intimate parts of a clematis flower.  We normally see only the midpoint between the infinitely large and infinitely small. Photo:  Lake Oswego, OR  9/13/2008

Heart-leaved Miners Lettuce “Claytonia cordifolia”

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014


Heart-leaved Miners Lettuce “Claytonia cordifolia”  Purslane Family (Portulaceae)  Perennial or annual.  Plant 6-12″ tall, leaves somewhat fleshy, flowers white with five 1/2″ petals.  Blooms spring to early summer in the damp woods in the mountains of OR & WA,  Notice the mosquito’s proboscis extends clear to the bottom of the flower and it may be sucking up “tissue juices.”   Photo:  Strawberry Mt near Seneca, Or  6/20/09

Touch-me-not “Impatiens capensis”

Monday, February 24th, 2014


Touch-Me-Not “Impatiens capensis” Jewel-Weed Family (Balsaminaceae) Annual plant to 4′ tall, leaves coarsely toothed to 3″ long, flowers orange yellow-yellow with reddish-brown spots and a prominent spur.  Blooms all summer in shady moist habitats in N.W. OR & Western WA.  Photo:  Rainier, OR.  8/7/2008

Northern Suncup “Camissonia subacaulis”

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

Northern Suncup “Camissonia subacaulis” Evening Primrose Family (Onagraceae)  Perennial, plant prostrate, flowers yellow and nestled among the rosette of leaves.  Blooms in wet areas in the spring East of the Cascades. Photo:  Big Summit Prairie near Prineville, OR.  6/17/northern-suncup-480x388

Clasping Twisted Stalk “Stretptopus amplexifollius”

Thursday, February 20th, 2014


Clasping Twisted Stalk “Stretptopus amplexifollius”  Lily Family (Liliaceae). Perennial, plant 1-4′ tall, leaves 3-6″ long, flowers bell shaped and yellow or cream and hanging beneath the leaves on sharply twisted stems.  Late spring in moist soils along streams in Western OR & WA and in N.E. OR. & WA.  Photo:  Near John Day, OR. 6/30/2004

Sulphur Lupine “Lupinus sulphureus ssp sulphureus”

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

Sulphur Lupine “Lupinus sulphureus ssp. sulphureus” Pea Family (Fabaceae).  Perennial, plant 1-3′ tall, palmately compound leaves with pointed tips, flowers pale yellow, occasionally bluish.  Summer blooming on dry slopes in the Blue Mts. of OR & WA.  Photo:  Mt. Emily near La Grand, OR.  7/13/2007


Clark’s Grebe “Aechmophorus occidentalis”

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

MG_2874_2-480x413MG_2887_2Clark’s Grebe “Aechmophorus occidentalis”  Length 25″, wingspan 24″ and weight 3.1 lbs.  Similar to Western Grebe which has dark feathers around the eye.  These attractive red-eyed birds engage in dramatic water walking” during the breeding season but the actual courtship involves rising high in the water and touching their breasts and beaks together for several seconds.  Photo:   Near Burns, OR 5/07/2012

Golden Bee Plant “Cleome platycarpa”

Monday, February 17th, 2014


Golden Bee Plant “Cleome platycarpa” Caper Family (Capparaceae).  Annual, plant 1-3″ tall, flowers yellow and tightly clustered, long protruding pistils with oblong seed pods.  Blooms in late spring and early summer in alkaline soils in Eastern Oregon.   Photo: Painted Hills near John Day, Or. 6/18/2008

Hot Rock Penstemon “Penstemon deustus”

Thursday, February 13th, 2014


Hot Rock Penstemon “Penstemon deustus” Snapdragon Family (Scrophulariaceae).  Perennial, plant to 18″, flower white or creamy.  Blooms May-July in dry rocky spots in Eastern WA  and Eastern & S.W. OR.  Photo:  Mt. Emily near LaGrande 7/13/2007

Oregon Crab Apple “Malus fusca”

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014


Oregon Crab Apple “Malus fusca” Rose Family (Rosaceae).  Perennial, small tree up to 40′, leaves coarsely toothed, bark shaggy, flowers in clusters of 5-10 with white petals, fruits yellowish and eventually dark, oblong and about 3/4″ long.  Blooms in midspring in moist woods West of the Cascades.  Photo:  Rainier, OR. 5/18/2008