Saturday, June 10, 2017

Penstemon venustus test garden

I have 15 Penstemon venus plants that I have grown from seed.  They have their own patch in the garden.  These are still young plants, 2 1/2 years old.  I think this will be the first year they flower.  Hopefully they will grow larger future years.  They seem to like the conditions here in Gilliam

Penstemon in the garden 2017

It's June and Penstemon season.  This is  still my favorite plant.  I have several varieties in the garden.  Check out the photos below:

Monday, December 28, 2015

Townsend's Solitaire

This bird is fairly common this time of year.  It likes to snack on Juniper berries and can be seen near Juniper trees.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Here are a couple more pictures of plants that I have identified from photographs using  my home library.

Gentiana calycosa grows in wet areas usually around lakes and stream banks.  It is very common this time of year at higher elevations and I've seen it growing on Mt Hood at Paradise Park.  In the Eagle Cap Wilderness it was easy to find around Mirror Lake, elevation 7590ft.

Another plant growing around Mirror Lake was this Lupine which I believe is Lupine burkei.  I'm familiar with Lupine growing in dry parts of the state of Oregon, so it was surprising to find it growing so close to a stream.

On Matterhorn Mountain(9845ft), close to the top, I found Silene acaulis.  This plant grows over most of the western USA and most of Canada.  It also grows in the Alps etc.  I only found these two plants on the Matterhorn.  It was very colorful in the white, bare granite.

The last plant included in this post is Penstemon fruticosus.  Here it grows around Glacier Lake at 8166ft.  I wanted this to be Penstemon davidsonii but on closer inspection it seems to be fruticosus.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

More gems from the Eagle Cap Wilderness

I've been doing some research at home and I've been coming up with some names for the plants I photographed during my recent visit to the Eagle Cap Wilderness in Eastern Oregon.

 This first plant was growing on Eagle Cap Mountain just down a couple of hundred feet from the summit.  The summit is 9,572 ft.  This is a fairly well known alpine plant but said to be rare.  I can't remember ever seeing it before.  It had very interesting leaves.  Overall it was somewhat ugly and weedlike.  Very difficult to see as it blended in well with the envioronment.

And here is a photograph of Claytonia megarhiza, also growing on Eagle Cap Mountain about half way up.  I've seen this plant at Loveland Pass in Colorado.  Here in Oregon, several plants were growing over a large area.  The landscape was extremely barren.

Around the Lakes Basin I was seeing this onion growing in clumps.  At one location I found it growing over a large area.  Very nice to see.  It din't smell much.  I'm 90% sure it is Allium validum.


Monday, August 17, 2015

Mt Hood in August, Timberline Lodge to Paradise Park Video

On Sunday I took another look at the alpine area above Timberline Lodge on Mt Hood.  This years drought has had a big impact on the area. Most plants are dying out and dieing back. 

So I took a hike around the mountain on the Pacific Crest Trail to Paradise Park.  There I found Gentian growing along the streams as well as Mimulus lewisii.  Both are included in the video below.

I did find some Nothochelone nemorosa but didn't take any photos or video.  The plant was growing in the Zigzag Canyon along the side of the trail in wooded areas.

This video mostly shows views along the 12 mile trail.  The deer was almost tame and seemed annoyed by my presence.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Eagle Cap Wilderness 2015 video

Here's a link to a video I made of my backpacking trip into the Eagle Cap Wilderness.  It was a tough hike.  I spent 9 nights hiking, taking photos and videos.  I climbed two 9,000 ft mountains and hiked over a 9,000 ft pass.  Swam in lakes.  Saw snow!  Froze my fingers.  Filtered my water from streams.  Ate crappy dehydrated food.  And enjoyed the fantastic views!

Friday, August 7, 2015

Eagle Cap Mountain

Here are some more photos from the Eagle Cap Wilderness.  These are plants that I found growing on Eagle Cap Mountain at 9,838 ft.

The first picture is of Eagle Cap Mountain and Mirror Lake.  This was taken from my campsite.

This next photo is of Eagle Cap Mountain(center) taken from the Matterhorn.  The mountain to the left is Glacier Peak.

And here are some Eriogonum photos.

And I have not idea what these next plants are.....

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Eritrichium nanum in the Eagle Cap Wilderness

I just got back from a backpacking vacation in the Eagle Cap Wilderness.  One plant that I was excited to find was Eritrichium nanum, happily growing on the summit of Matterhorn Mountain (elevation 9826ft).  Here are some photographs.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Mt Hood in early July

I took another trip up to Mt Hood again over the weekend, visiting the area just above Timberline Lodge.  There were lots of Eriogonum and Lupine.  The Penstemon davidsonii had finished for the year and was going to seed.  It was windy, cloudy and cold.  These are the best photos.