Catherine Creek March 13, 2007

Lyle WA: What a difference a week will make. Marvin and I drove to Catherine Creek today. A strong breeze (15 mph) didn’t help in photographing the flowers but wind sheltered areas gave us a chance. The Grass Widows were a little past prime but we found plenty of opportunities. Oregon Sunshine were in bloom as well as Yellow Bells.

We were delighted to find this tiny Mimulus growing on a rocky bank.

flower Mimulus alsinoides Catherine Creek 3/13/2007

 

Whitlow-grass was blooming in profusion… and we found a number of mosses including the one I couldn’t get to behave last week. It was a good day.

byLarry

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Catherine Creek March 6, 2007

Lyle, WA: Catherine Creek. The siren song of Catherine Creek called to me… an hour’s drive up the Columbia River and a walk through the spring bloom of Grass Widows seemed appealing so I took advantage of a very fine spring day. After checking for mosses near the intersection of highway 14 and highway 8 (I couldn’t make them behave for the camera) I parked at Catherine Creek. The grass widows haven’t hit their peak display yet but the time is near.

Three species of Lomatium are blooming. The one pictured below is Lomatium columbianum.

Loamatium columbianum
Lomatium columbianum Highway 8 3/6/2007

While walking the path below the road I met a couple on the trail… they asked if I had seen the Pileated woodpecker… I had not but spent an enjoyable half hour stalking it and trying to capture a reasonable image… to no avail.

Back at trail head a car stopped and the man driving asked if I knew where the “Arch Rock” was located… it took me a minute to recall that I had seen an arch rock up the canyon about half a mile. I followed them to see if memory served correctly and sure enough. It was more impressive than I remembered.

Arch Rock
Arch Rock Catherine Creek 3/6/2007

byLarry

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Moss on Apple Tree March 5, 2007

moss on apple tree limb

Gresham OR: The backyard beckoned and I tried to capture the image of a moss growing on an apple tree limb. I haven’t mastered getting depth of field on small objects using a macro-lens but half the fun is trying. This picture was the result of several trips to the orchard.

byLarry

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Lichen in my back yard February 23, 2007

Lichen
Backyard lichen on Cascara limb 2/23/2007

February 23, 2007: Gresham, Multnomah county, OR:

The challenge is to learn about what grows in your backyard… I spotted this stuff growing on a maple limb and after several attempts to get the depth of field I wanted this photo resulted.

byLarry

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Red Alder February 22, 2007

February 22, 2007: Gresham, Multnomah County, OR.

Red Alder Catkins
Red Alder catkin 2/22/2007

The alder in our vicinity have taken on a red hue… did you ever wonder why they have the scientific name of “Alnus rubra” ? Perhaps it is the from the red shown by staminate catkins that develop in the spring, even before the leaves bud out.

byLarry

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