Archive for August, 2014

Purple Loosestrife

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

Purple loosestrife “Lythrum salicaria” Family Lythraceae Perennial, 2 to 6 feet tall, Grows along streams and in wetlands. The plant is attractive but it is very invasive. Photo: A_MG_8173 - Version 2long the Snake River along the Oregon/Idaho border in Hell’s Canyon. 8/19/2014

Bighorn Sheep

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Bighorn Sheep “Ovis canadensis”  These animals were wiped out in the Pacific Northwest and have been reintroduced.  Height at shoulder is 32-40″, length 50-62″ and weight 115-280lbs.  Hell’s Canyon 8/19/2014

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Big ship, little boat

Monday, August 25th, 2014

The big ship is is loaded with automobiles and it has the right-away The little boat is manned by a fisherman who wasn’t all that impressed. The ship blew its horn a lot but there was no collision. Photo: Rainier, Or 10/09/2013_MG_6173 - Version 2

Hells’ Canyon

Sunday, August 24th, 2014

Helicopter filling it’s water bucket from the Snake River in Hell’s Canyon. Apparently there was a fire that was out of our view,that need some attention.  _MG_8188 - Version 2Photo: Near Hells/ Canyon Dam 8/19/2014

American Empress

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

American Empress schedules a nine day trip from Vancouver, Wa to Astoria, Wa to Clarkston, Wa with stops along the way. Photo: In the Columbia, heading towards The Dalles, Or 8/20/2014 _MG_8230 - Version 2

Black Bear “Ursus americanus”

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

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Black Bear “Ursus americanus” This little bear was thought to be a second year cub and we were observing it from a boat in Hell’s Canyon on the Oregon-Idaho border. _MG_8220 – Version 2Adult Black Bears usually weigh 200 to 300 pounds. Photo: 8/19/2014

Log Ship

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

_MG_5355Log ship Log Log loading at the Port of Longview destined for the Far East. Reportedly it takes about 1,800 truck loads of logs for a total of 33,000 logs for a full load. Photo: Longview, WA on the Columbia River 5/19/2013.


Townsends’s Chipmunk “Tamias townsendii”

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

Townsends’s Chipmunk “Tamias townsendii” Length 9-12 inches and a weight of 3-5 ounces. Distinguished from ground squirrels by the white stripes on the face. Photo: Headwaters of the Metolius River just west of Sister’s Oregon. 6/29/2007






Buckbean “Menyanthes trifoliata”

Monday, August 11th, 2014

Buckbean “Menyanthes trifoliata” Buckbean Family (Menyanthraceae) Perennial, 6-18 inches tall, leaves broad with three leaflets, flowers white or a little pinkish and conspicuously hairy.  Plants grow in shallow water or bogs at higher elevations and blooms in late spring  or early summer. Photo:  Conboy Lake Wildlife Refuge near Glenwood, WA  5/19/2012

River Traffic on the Columbia

Sunday, August 10th, 2014


River Traffic on the Columbia.   Lewis and Clark Bridge over the Columbia River between Rainier, OR and Longview WA., cargo ship loaded with automobiles in route to Portland, OR., tug towing a barge of sawdust to the papermill and grain elevators across the river in Longview.  Photo:  Rainier, OR 8/08/2007