Archive for April, 2014

Smith Rock

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014



Smith Rock near Madras, Oregon is a very popular rock climbing area but that isn’t on my bucket list..  Note the climber in red and yellow that is above the climber in green.  Photo:  4/28/2014

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Sandhill Crane “Grus canadensis”

Monday, April 28th, 2014

Sandhill Crane “Grus canadensis”  Length 46″, wingspan 77″ and weight 10 pounds. The male in this photo is doing his mating dance near Burns, Oregon.  Photo:  4/26/2014


Painted Hills

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

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The Painted Hills resulted from the deposits of ash created by the Cascade volcanos.  The red bands were formed when the climate was tropical and the yellow bands, when it was drier.  Each band is thought to represent from 10,000 to 200.000 years.   Photo:  Painted Hills near John Day, OR.   6/18/2008 and 4/20/2014

Lemon Fawn Lily “Erythronium citrinum”

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

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Lemon Fawn Lily “Erythronium citrinum” Lily Family (Liliaceae).  Perennial, corm, 6-8″ tall, green leaves mottled with white and brown, flowers white fading to pinkish lavender, blooms in midspring in S.W. OR. and N.W. CA.  Photo:  Near Selma. OR  4/9/2014 and 4/26/2008

Fence Lizard “Sceloporus occidentalis”

Monday, April 21st, 2014

Fence Lizard “Sceloporus occidentalis”. Length approximately seven inches.  Found throughout Oregon in areas with rock piles and logs. They feed on a variety of insects.  Photo:  Near Baby Foot Lake in S>W. Oregon 4/8/2014



Cape Horn

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

_MG_6923Cape Horn is a 2,000 foot basalt rock formation located in Washington at the western end of the Columbia River Gorge.  There are trails along the top that provide legendary views of the Gorge that are accessible from Washington Highway 14.  Photo taken from the Sternwheeler “Columbia Gorge” on 4/12/2014








Frigid Shooting Star “Dodecatheon austrofrigidum”

Monday, April 14th, 2014














Frigid Shooting Star “Dodecatheon austrofrigidum” Primrose Family (Primulaceae). Perennial plant 4-10″ tall, magenta flowers with white ring and black band at base. Blooms in the Spring and grows in mossy areas  on moist basalt slopes in N.W. OR & S.W. WA.   This plant is on the rare and endangered list.   Photo:  Saddle Mt. near Seaside, OR.  5/12/2008

Western Trillium “Trillium ovatum”

Sunday, April 13th, 2014

Western Trillium – Trillium ovatum, Lily Family (Liliaceae). Perrennial, bulbous rhizome, plant 6-18″ tall, 3 whorled leaves, 3 white petals which turn to pink and then to rose-red with age.  Blooms in early spring in the Cascade Mts to the Coast and in the Blue Mts. in N.E. Or.  Picking trilliums removes all the leaves and this may kill the plant.  This is the “Easter Lily” of my youth and it will always be one of my favorites.  Upper Photo:  Rainier, Or. 3/21/2005  Lower Photo with double petals:  4/07/2012

Giant Purple Trillium “Trillium kurabayashii”

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Giant Purple Trillium “Trillium kurabayashii” Lily Family (Liliaceae) Perennial, bulbous rhizome, plant 1-2′ tall, leaves 3 and mottled, flowers with 3 purple petals 2-4″ long. Blooms early spring in moist rich soils near the coast in southwest Oregon.  Photo:  Leach Garden in Portland, OR  4/10/2008.

Small-flowered Trillium “Trillium parviflorum”

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014















Small-flowered Trillium “Trillium parviflorum” Lily Family (Liliaceae).  Perennial, bulb, plant 8-12″ tall, mottled leaves fading with age, flowers stems do not rise above the leaves, Found in damp wooded areas of Western WA and the northern half of OR. Plants south of Corvallis, OR are the more robust “Trillium albidum”.  Upper Photo: Ridgefield, WA 4/23/2012 and Lower Photo:  Salem, OR  4/10/2005