Archive for October, 2014

Henderson’s Shooting Star “Dodecatheon hendersonii”

Thursday, October 30th, 2014


Henderson’s Shooting Star “Dodecatheon hendersonii”  Primrose Family ( (Primulaceae)  Perennial, plant 6-15″ tall, leaves 1 to 2″ long, flowers magenta with white base edged with yellow and black bands and a purplish black tip.  Blooms early spring in grassy and shady sites in Western Or & Wa.  Photo:  Lower Table Rock near Medford,  Or 4/17/2010

Rowena Point

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014


Rowena Point overlooking the Columbia River, U.S. Highway 30/Interstate Highway 84, Old State Highway 30 and a freight train headed for Portland. Photo: Near Mosier, Or 4/13/2006

Shearers Falls on the Deschutes

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014


Native Americans net salmon from platforms at Shearers Falls on the Deschutes River in Central Oregon.  The falls are rated as a class six cataract and being sure-footed is a necessity.  The fisherman has landed a fish in the lower picture.  Photo:  6/16/2010

Bobcat “Lynx rufus”

Monday, October 27th, 2014


Bobcat “Lynx rufus” Length 30″. Weight 15 to 20 pounds. Found throughout the Oregon and Washington. The cat on the left has a fish and the other one would like to share but it didn’t. Photo: N.W. Trek just West of Eatonville, Wa. 11/05/2006

Sulpher Tuft Mushroom

Sunday, October 26th, 2014

_MG_8407Sulphur Tuft “Hypholoma fasciculare”  Stalk 4 inches tall with smooth sulfur yellow cap 3 inches in diameter.  May to June and August to November on decayed stumps and buried woods.  Widespread in North America.  Very bitter and probably poisonous.  Photo:  Rainier, O_MG_6407 - Version 2_MG_6414r 10/25/2014 and 11/02/2013





Juniper Hairstreak “Mitoura grynea”

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014


Juniper Hairstreak “Mitoura grynea” Wingspan 7/8 to 1″ The brown-violet area on the hind wing. Also called Cedar Hairstreak and the butterflies lay their eggs on cedars and junipers in both Eastern and Western Oregon and the caterpillars are green and white. Photo: Steens Mt in S.E. Oregon on 7/5/2009  P.S.  Not my finger.

Daggerpod “Phoenicaulis cheiranthoides”

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014


Daggerpod “Phoenicaulis cheiranthoides” Mustard Family (Brassicaceae)  Perennial, plant 4-8″ tall, leaves gray green and somewhat fleshy, flowers with 4 pink to rose petals, seed pods lance shaped.  Blooms spring in Eastern OR and WA in rocky areas.   Photo:  Along the John Day River in Eastern OR 4/29/2006

Northern Pygmy Owl “Glaucidium gnoma”

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014


Northern Pygmy Owl “Glaucidium gnoma”  Length 7″, wing span 12″ and weight 2.5 oz.  These little guys are more apt to be heard than seen and their call is more of a little toot instead of a hoot.  Photo:  Oregon Caves, Or  4/29/2007

Sulfur Shelf “Laetiporus sulphureus”

Monday, October 20th, 2014


















Sulfur Shelf “Laetiporus sulphureus” growing on a log.  Orange to salmon with sulphur yellow spores. Size up to 2′ in diameter and 1″ thick on live and dead deciduous and conifer trees. Also pictured is a Red Belted Polypore.   Photo:  Ho Rain Forest in S.W. Wa 8/31/2006

Coyote “Canis latrans”

Sunday, October 19th, 2014

crw_0448_1_1-480x384Coyote “Canis latrans”   Photo:  Northwest Trek near Eatonville, Wa.  11/06/2007