Bird Creek Meadows

July 28, 2007, Bird Creek Meadows, Yakama Nation: Near Mount Adams, known as Klickitat to the Yakama Nation, resides one of the most beautiful wildflower habitats in the Northwest. Marvin and I were determined to hike in and see the sights. We have been there before but the trip is …

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American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis)

July 27, 2007: Gresham, Multnomah County, OR: Chris reported to me that goldfinches were working in a patch of Canada thistle (Cirsium arvense), harvesting the seeds and no doubt scattering many of them to the wind. I made several attempts to photograph the action but as soon as I set …

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Winter Rim, Lake County, OR

July 19, 2007: Lakeview, Lake County, OR: It wasn’t the most restful night but we were happy to have a bed to sleep on. In the early morning we awoke to the sounds of doors slamming and cars starting. We visited briefly with some of our neighbors as we prepared …

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Hunting Calochortus bruneaunis

July 18, 2007: Burns, Harney County, OR: Marvin and I were up early this morning, ready to hunt for Calochortus bruneaunis. Continental breakfast at the motel began at 6:00 AM so we had a couple of fat pills, a couple cups of coffee and headed for the Alvord Desert. It …

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Hunting the Wild Calochortus

July 17, 2007: Marvin and I were on a field trip, headed for the Alvord Desert and on the hunt for Calochortus sp. The forecast was for temperatures in the nineties, a drop of about ten degrees from the previous week. Forest fires have been raging in the area of …

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