Archive for May, 2014

She Who Watches

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014


She Who Watches Petroglyph.  I went to the Columbia Hills State Park in Washington just across from The Dalles, Oregon to see “She Who Watches”.   This three foot diameter petroglyph is old but probably not ancient and it may have been created only two or three hundred years ago.  There are additional petroglyphs but she is definitely the queen.  The trail is about a half mile long and the surface is somewhat rocky and uneven.  Visitation is by appointment only.  Photo:  Columbia River Gorge  9/18/2009

Dog Rose “Rosa canine”

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

Dog Rose “Rosa canine”  Rose Family (Rosaceae)   Perennial shrub 3 to 9 feet tall,  leaves multiply divided and stems with curved thorns.  Flowers white or pale pink with lobed petals.  Rose hips approx 3/4 inches in diameter.  Non-native ntroduced from Eurasia and common in Southwest Oregon and Eastern OR.  Photo:  Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge near Vancouver, WA 5/24/2014


American Bittern “Botanurus lentiginosus”

Monday, May 26th, 2014

American Bittern “Botanurus lentiginosus”  Length 28″, wingspan 42″ and 1.5 lbs.  These birds move slowly and awkwardly through the grass their coloration blends in well with the dry grass.  Photo: Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge near  Vancouver, WA .  5/24/2014_MG_7466

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon’s)  “Dendroica coronada”  Length 5.5 inches, wingspan 9 inches and 0.4 ounces.

Photo:  Dalles Mountain, WA   4/18/2014

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Mule Deer

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

Mule Deer “Odocoileus hemionus subsp. hemionus” are generally found east of the Cascades and Black Tail Deer “Odocoileus hemionus subsp. columbianus”, west of the Cascades.  Their winter coats are kind of shagging and they are keeping a pretty close eye on me.  Photo:  Near Roaring Springs south of Frenchglen, OR 4/27/2014

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Monument Plant “Frasera speciosa”

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

PANA0104 - Version 2PANA0102Monument Plant “Frasera speciosa” Gentian Family (Gentianaceae). Perennial, plant 2-7′ tall, leaves mostly basal, 6″ wide & 20″ long. Flowers four greenish white petals with purple flecks. Plants reportedly bloom after they are 50 years old and then they die. Blooms in the summer in the high prairies of Eastern OR & WA.  Photo: Near La Grande, OR. 5/30/2002

Ross’s Geese “Chen rossii”

Monday, May 19th, 2014

Ross’s Goose “Chen rossii” .  Length 23 inches, wingspan 45 inches and weight 2.7 pounds.  General “Chen rossii” .  Length 23 inches, wingspan 45 inches and weight 2.7 pounds.  Generally white with black wing tips but sometimes with a dark body and  a white head.  Snow geese are similar but they have larger bills.  Near Burns,  OR 4/26/2014

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Franklin’s Gull “Larus pipixcan”

Sunday, May 18th, 2014

Franklin’s Gull “Larus pipixcan”  Length 15 inches. wingspan 36 inches and weighs 10 ounces. This black headed gull can be found in S.E. Oregon and occasionally along the coast during the winter months.   Photo:  Near Burns OR 4/26/2014

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South Jetty of the Columbia River

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

The South Jetty of the Columbia River was completed in 1895 and it is four and a half miles long. This jetty along with the North Jetty narrows the flow of the river and that has caused the water to scour a deeper channel. The Ocean is on the left and the river is on the right/ This picture was taken on a very calm day but when the tide comes in and the wind kicks up, the waves can break over the top of the jetty. Photo: 5/13/2014noname

Yellow-headed Blackbird

Sunday, May 11th, 2014



















Yellow-headed Blackbird “Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus”  Length 9.5″, wingspan 15″ and weight 2.3 oz.  Adult males have a white patch of white feathers on the leading edge of their wings.  Found throughout OR and WA but not along the coast.  These birds are found among the cat tails in swampy areas and are conspicuously raucous.   Upper Photo:  Female and Lower Photo: Male near Burns, OR 5/07/2012