Archive for March, 2015

Nuttall’s Toothwort “Cardamine nuttallii var. nuttallii”

Monday, March 30th, 2015















Nuttall’s Toothwort “Cardamine nuttallii var. nuttallii” Mustard Family (Brassicaceae). Perennial, plant 4-8″ tall, leaves palmate with 3-5 leaflets, flowers pink to purple and occasionally white, moist forests in early spring from the Cascades to the coast in OR. & WA.  Upper Photo: Rowena Crest, OR. in the Columbia River Gorge 3/24/2008 and Lower Photo:  Near Rainier, OR 3/15/2012


Avalanche Lily “Erythronium montanum”

Sunday, March 29th, 2015

Avalanche Lily “Erythronium montanum”. Lily Family (Liliaceae).  Perennial, bulbous corm, leaves green (not mottled), blooms just after snowmelt in the Cascade and Olympic Mountains often covering large areas.  Photo: Mt. Rainier, WA. 8/02/2007

Sagebrush Violet “Violet trinervata”

Thursday, March 26th, 2015


Sagebrush Violet “Violet trinervata” Violet Family (Violaceae).  Perennial, plant 2-3″ tall; leaves leathery; 2 purple upper petals and 3 violet lower petals with yellow throat.  Spring flowering in sagebrush areas in Central WA & OR and near the OR./ID border.  Photo:  Near Maupin, OR.  4/06/2007

Evergreen Violet “Viola sempervirens”

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015


Evergreen Violet “Viola sempervirens” Violet Family (Violaceae). Perennial, plant 2-3″ tall, leaves heart shaped and evergreen, flowers yellow with maroon veins.  Blooms mid-spring in shaded woods of Western OR & WA, N.E. OR and Northern CA. Top Photo:  Near Qualala in Northern CA 5/27/2012 and Bottom Photo: Near Rainier, OR 4/22/200925490_380077697535_1689182_n

Lemon Fawn Lily “Erythronium citrinum”

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015


Lemon Fawn Lily “Erythronium citrinum” Lily Family (Liliaceae).  Perennial, corm, 6-8″ tall, green leaves mottled with white and brown, flowers white fading to pinkish-lavender, blooms in midspring in S.W. Or. and N.W. Ca.  Photo:  Near the Oregon Caves in S.W. OR.   4/30/2007

Pink Fawn Lily “Erythronium revolutum”

Monday, March 23rd, 2015


Pink Fawn Lily “Erythronium revolutum”.  Lily family (Liliaceae). Perennial, bulbous corm, plant 6-12″ tall, rose-pink flowers with leaves mottled with brown and white.  Blooms April-May in the damp forests and meadows of the west side of the Coastal Mts.  Photo: Saddle Mt. near Seaside, OR.  4/19/2005

Licorice Fern “Polypodium glycyrrhiza”

Sunday, March 22nd, 2015

licorice-fern-480x455Licorice Fern “Polypodium glycyrrhiza”,  Polypody Family (Polypodiaceae)  Perennial, plant 6-24″ tall, leaves pinnate (like a feather) and the leaflets are arranged alternately, creeping rhizome with a licorice taste.  Common on rocks, logs and trees in Western OR. & WA. and more noticeable during the rainy season.  Photo:  Near Rainier, OR.  10/26/2006






Peach Orchards on the Columbia

Friday, March 20th, 2015


Peach Orchards in the Columbia River Gorge.   Taken in WA along the Columbia River west of the Maryhill Museum   Upper photo 3/30/2013 and lower 2/28/2009

Large-leaved Lupines “Lupinus polyphyllus”

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

Large-Leaved Lupine “Lupinus polyphyllus” Pea Family (Fabaceae) Perenninal, plant 1-2′ tall, leaves palmate divided into 5-11 leaflets, flowers blue, lavender, pink or white with white or yellow patch. Blooms in early summer in moist areas in Eastern OR and WA. Photo: Mt Adams, WA 8/08/2006















Trumpeter Swan “Cygnus buccinator”

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

MG_9711_11-480x455Trumpeter Swan “Cygnus buccinator”  Length 60″, wingspan 80″ and weight 23 lbs.   Most of the swans in my area are Tundras but we get an occasional Trumpeter.  The Trumpeter have a low pitched call that sounds like a trumpet.  Photo:  Ridgefield National Wildlife Preserve near Vancouver, WA 3/21/2011