Archive for December, 2014

Snowy Owl “Nyctea scandiaca”

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014


Snowy Owl “Nyctea scandiaca”, length 23″, wingspan 52″, weight 4lbs.  We are south of their normal range but they extend their areas when lemming populations crash.  Top Photo:  Juvenile near Burns, Or 12/22/2011.  Bottom Photo:  Adult male at Northwest Trek near Eatonville, Wa 11/06/2007

Green Banded Mariposa Lily “Calochortus macrocarpus”

Monday, December 22nd, 2014


Green Banded Mariposa Lily “Calochortus macrocarpus” Lily Family (Liliaceae). Perennial, Scaly bulb, 8-18″ tall, large showy flowers with a green band on the underside of the petals. Single grass-like leaf that withers as the plant blooms. Dry open prairie in Eastern Or. & Wa. Photo: Steen’s Mt in S.E. Oregon 7/3/2009

Licorice Fern “Polypodium glycyrrhiza”

Sunday, December 21st, 2014


Licorice Fern “Polypodium glycyrrhiza”,  Polypody Family (Polypodiaceae)  Perennial, plant 6-24″ tall, leaves pinnate (feather like) and the leaflets are arranged alternately, creeping rhizome with a licorice taste.  Common on rocks, logs and trees in Western Or. & Wa. and they are at their best during the rainy season.  Photo:  Elk Rock Garden between Portland and Lake Oswego, OR 1/10/2010

Common Nighthawk “Chordeiles minor”

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014


Common Nighthawk “Chordeiles minor”, These birds are widespread throughout the U.S.and are often seen flying in the evening while catching insects. Unlike most other birds, nighthawks perch parallel to the limbs or wires. Coloration blends well with their perch, Length 9″, wingspan 24″.   Photo: Malheur Bird Refuge near Burns, Or. 7/2/2009

Columbia River Gorge

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014


Barge traffic in the Columbia River Gorge near Biggs, OR.  Photo: 2/28/2009

Western Grebe “Aechmophorus occidentalis”

Monday, December 15th, 2014


Western Grebe “Aechmophorus occidentalis”  Length 25″, wingspan 24″ and weight 3.3 lbs.  The courtship dance of these birds in the spring involves “walking” on water and it is quite an interesting ballet.  Photo:   Near Burns, Or. 7/02/2009

Fuscia-flowered Gooseberry

Sunday, December 14th, 2014


Fuscia-flowered Gooseberry “Ribes lobbii” Gooseberry Family (Grossulariaceae).  Perennial, plant 2-4′ tall, leaves shiny and shallow lobed, 3 spines at nodes, flowers with red sepals folded back and white petals.  Blooms in early summer in western OR & WA.  Photo:  Near Oregon Caves in S.W. OR 4/27/2007

Red Columbine “Aquilegia formosa”

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

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Red Columbine “Aquilegia formosa” Buttercup Family (Ranunculaceae). Perennial, plant 1-4′ tall, flowers orange-red flowers with “yellow skirts”, blooms spring & summer. Grows in partial shade throughout the N.W. Photo: Mt Adams, WA  8/08/2006

Common Puffball

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

Common Puffball “Lycoperdon perlatum” Height and diameter 2 to 3 inches, Size 2-3 inches,solitary or clustered. Tan when young turning brown with age. Clouds of white to yellow spores emitted from a pore on the top. Edible when “firm and white inside”. Photo: Stevens State Park near Astoria, Or  11/29/2014 by Teri Robinson

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Land of the Giants

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

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Land of the Giants.  Looking East from The Dalles Mt in Washington.  Some of  the towers are still under construction and soon this whole area will be dotted with them.  The small white areas on the ground are probably trailers.  Photo:  4/20/2009