Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Pebbles atop ice pillars

Another hike up Bells Mountain in SW Washington in cold weather brought me to this sight.  A spring is flowing past a small island of dirt, and ice pillars have grown upward taking small rocks and twigs along for the ride.  The pillars are about 4" high.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Coral Fungi, Lentaria byssiseda

This ghostly white fungi is coming up through forest floor detritus and is abundant but quite small- for size comparison, those are Doug Fir needles adjacent to the fungi.  These specimens are growing near the summit of Bells Mountain in SW Washington.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Mushroom tree

While hiking the Bells Mountain Trail at about the 1.5 mile mark I came upon this still-standing dead Alder that was covered with Mushrooms.  In the background is an un-named creek that provides welcome cool water on a hot Summer day.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Large Cup fungi, Aleuria aurantia

While hiking on a logging road near the top of Bells Mountain in SW Washington, I came upon these startling orange fungi.  According to North American Mushrooms, they are edible but rather tasteless.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Tuolumne River, Yosemite National Park

This picture has nothing to do with North West flora but I felt like sharing a couple of photos from a recent trip to Yosemite.  The first shows the awesome beauty of the Tuolumne River sliding over a granite staircase into a deep pool.

Here is a photo of Half Dome from the same trip.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Mountain Sneezweed, Helenium autumnale

This plant is growing in a wet marsh near Rainier, Oregon.

Wapato, Sagittaria latifolia

Also known as Arrowhead from the shape of the leaves, these pictures were taken near Rainier, Oregon in a marshy area near the Columbia River.  Wapato bulbs were collected, baked, and eaten by Indians in the Columbia River area.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Mt. Hood from Silver Star Mountain

The title says it all.....

Sitka valerian, Valeriana sitchensis

Yet another flower on the slopes of Silver Star Mountain in SW Washington.

Avalanche Lily, Erythronium montanum

Another resident of Silver Star Mountain in SW Washington.

Alpine Aster, Aster alpigenus

Scattered along the trail to the summit of Silver Star Mountain in SW Washington,  these small flowers are fairly abundant.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Oregon Iris, Iris tenax

Most Oregon Iris flowers are purple, as shown in the November, 8, 2008 blog post but a few are very pale- almost white.  This specimen is growing on Bells Mountain in SW Washington.