Archive for September, 2014

Great Horned Owl

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

_MG_8379Great Horned Owl”Bubo virginianus” Length 22”, wingspan 44” and weight 3.1 pounds.  Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge near Vancouver, Wa  9/30/2014

White-Faced Ibis “Plegadis chihi”

Monday, September 29th, 2014

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White-Faced Ibis “Plegadis chihi”  length 23, wing span and weight 20 oz.  Chestnut colored feathers with iridescent qualities and a white patch around the eye.  These birds are generally seen in small flocks and they “talk” to each other as they forage.  Top Photo:  Fall plumage.  Ridgefield, WA 9/29/2014 and breeding plumage near Burns in S.E Oregon 5/27/2014 and 6/18/2009

Portland Japanese Garden

Sunday, September 28th, 2014

Portland Japanese Garden Portland, OR.  Five and a half acres of superb form and color.  Fall is tough to beat.  Photos: 10/30/2008

Male Whitetail Dragonfly “Libellula lydia”

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

img_6782_1Male Whitetail Dragonfly “Libellula lydia”.  Males have  bluish-white body and wings with a dark patch at the base and a dark band across the middle. Females have a a brown body and wings with a brown patch at the base, middle and tip.  Compound eyes with as many as 30,000 separate receptors each of which is a separate light sensing organ.  Dragonflies are said to be the world’s fastest insects and they can reach speeds of 20-35 mph.  Photo:  Rainier, OR  7/12/2005

Snowbank Orange Peel Fungus “Caloscypha fulgens”

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014


Snowbank Orange Peel Fungus “Caloscypha fulgens” Cup shaped when young becoming flatter and more irregular with age, 0.5 to 1.5″ across,  bright yellow-orange to orange. Spring to early summer in damp areas under conifers shortly after the snow melts.Photo: Cone Peak near Sweet Home, Or. 06/05/2007

Mountain Huckleberry “Vaccinium membranaceum”

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014


Mountain Huckleberry “Vaccinium membranaceum” Heath Family (Ericaceae). Perennial, Plant 2-4′ tall, leaves with very little stem, finely toothed and have pointed tips. Flowers are  solitary, pinkish and urn shaped.  Berries purple, reddish black or occasionally red.  Blooms May to July in Westside forests and meadows at mid to high altitudes and in the Blue Mts of Eastern Or. & Wa.  Photo:  Cone Mt. near Sweet Home, Or. 6/04/2007

Snoopy neighbors

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

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Red Elderberry “Sambucus racemosa”

Sunday, September 21st, 2014









Red Elderberry “Sambucus racemosa” Honeysuckle Family (Caprifoliaceae).  Perennial shrub 6-18′ tall, small white flowers in a conical or dome shaped cluster, berries bright red.  Blooms in late spring-early summer in moist areas throughout OR & WA. Top photo: Near Rainier, OR 5/08/2012  and Lower photo:  Near Rainier, OR 7/10/2012

Blue Elderberries “Sambucus mexicana”

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Blue Elderberry “Sambucus mexicana” Honeysuckle Family (Caprifoliaceae)  Perennial, shrub 6-24′ tall, flowers small and white in a flat topped cluster, berries blue and dusted with a white waxy powder.  Blooms in summer in moist forest and shrubby areas throughout Or. & Wa.  The birds and the wine makers are fond of the berries.   Photo: Near Rainier, Or. 10/8/2008

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Shaggy Mane “Coprinus comatus”

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

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Shaggy Mane (Coprinus comatus).  Mushroom 2-10″ tall, white cap shaggy with brown scales, cap and gills digest themselves starting from the edge of the cap turning into a black inky fluid.  Edible and considered to be a delicacy if picked before they begin to liquefy. Photo:  Salem, OR. 10/29/2006