Archive for June, 2014

Lazuli Bunting

Monday, June 30th, 2014

Lazuli 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  6/27/2014_MG_7832 - Version 2

Deltoid Balsamroot “Balsamorhiza deltoidea”

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

Deltoid Balsamroot “Balsamorhiza deltoidea” Sunflower Family (Asteraceae) Perennial, plant 1-3′ tall, many short disk flowers surrounded by 13-21 yellow ray flowers, late spring in meadows West of the Cascades and the Columbia River Gorge.  Photo:  Rough & Ready near Cave Junction, OR 4/28/07 and Dalles Mountain, WA in the Columbia River Gorge 4/28/2014_MG_7367 - Version 2  (with desert lupine)


Mountain Lady Slipper

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

_MG_7658 - Version 2Mountain Lady Slipper “Cypripedium montanum” Orchid Family (Orchidacea) Perennial, plant 12-30″ tall, petals are purple and twisted with a white pouch approx 1″ long. Blooms in early summer in the humus of conifer forests in Eastern Or & Wa. I first met this orchid along the Chief Joseph Trail just east of Wallowa Lake, Or. The flowers looked like big white inquiring eyes staring out from under a canopy of firs. Unfortunately, they require specific fungi in the soil to survive and will not prosper in our gardens. They are also designated as rare and protected by statute. Photo: Mt Emily near La Grande, Or 6/13/2014

Smith Rocks

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

_MG_7786 - Version 2Smith Rocks State Park offers some great opportunities for rock climbers. I prefer a cool beverage in the shade but to each his own. The climber is the bit of blue just to the right of center. Photo: near Madras, Oregon 6/21/2014

Mule Deer Fawn

Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

Mule deer fawn hidden in plain sight  by its mother.  I took this picture from the car without disturbing the fawn.  Reportedly, the doe may abandon their young if  you bother them, so just walk away.  Photo:  Maury Mountains near Prineville, Oregon 6/21/2014


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Blue Clematis “Clematis columbiana”

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

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Blue Clematis “Clematis columbiana” Buttercup Family (Ranunculaceae).  Perennial woody vine that may climb shrubs etc, sepals blue or purple, petals are absent.  Blooms in open moist areas in late spring-early summer in Eastern OR & WA.  Photo near the Zumwalt Prairie in N.E. OR. 6/13/2014 and 6/8/2005

Northern Mule Ears

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

Northern Mule Ears “Wyethia amplexicaulis Sunflower Family (Asteraceae).  Perennial, plant 1-2″ tall, leaves 10-15″ long, flowers approx 3″ in diameter with numerous yellow disk flowers surrounded by golden yellow ray flowers. Blooms in late spring in damp shrub lands in Eastern OR. Photo: Summit Road near La Grande, OR  6/14/2014._MG_7652 - Version 2

Cattle Drive

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Cattle Drive on the Zumwalt Prairie in Northeastern Oregon.  We drove through the herd very slowly.   Photo: 6/13/2014


Zumwalt Prairie

Monday, June 16th, 2014

The Zumwalt Prairie is the largest remaining native bunchgrass prairie in North America and it encompasses an area more than two hundred square miles.  Wallowa Lake and the Wallowa Mountains are close by.  Photo: 6/13/2014

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Zumwalt Prairie

Monday, June 16th, 2014



This old barn has seen better days.   Photo:   Zumwalt Prairie in Northeast, Oregon 6/13/2014