Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Indian-Pipe, Monotropa uniflora

Definitely not a colorful resident of the forest floor, Indian Pipe nevertheless has a graceful appearance. It lacks chlorophyll and receives its nutrition via fungi attached to the roots of coniferous trees.

7-22-2012 update:  This year, possibly due to the wet Spring we had, the Indian Pipe  population really exploded.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

American Speedwell, Veronica americana (ex Mystery blue flower)

Thanks to deejuas in Melbourne, Australia via gardenweb.com for the plant ID. These flowers are growing along a gravel road in SW Washington and are about 1/4" in diameter

Mountain Golden-Pea, Thermopsis montana

I found this nonnative member of the Pea family along a logging road in SW Washington.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Pacific Tree Frog, Hyla regilla

While looking for flowers to photograph, my wife found this 1" frog resting on a Rhododendron leaf about 200 feet from the nearest water.