Monday, April 19, 2010

Wild flower walks

We are lucky to live in a community which puts aside much wild land for the population to enjoy. We live just minutes away from a forest with many trails in different directions going for miles. One could get lost in there for hours. I take my dog for walks in there. There are some areas with old growth forest which have magnificent trees and many wild flowers.
I found some nice varieties up there, some are even considered rare.
Once spring hits I try to hit he trails frequently to look what is blooming and I often take pictures.

Let me share some of our beautiful Oregon Wildflowers with you.

                 Columbia Windflower - Anemone deltoidea

                    Red Columbine - Aquilegia formosa

                      Hairy Rockcress - Arabis hirsuta

                      Elegant Cat's Ear - Calochortus elegans

                         Fairyslipper Orchid - Calypso bulbosa

                Pacific Bleeding Heart - Dicentra formosa

                  Rattlesnake orchid - Goodyera oblongifolia

                      Orange Honeysuckle - Lonicera ciliosa

                      Yellow leaf Iris - Iris chrysophylla

                                     Toughleaf Iris - Iris tenax

                   Nine-leaf Lomatium - Lomatium triternatum
                    Nutall's Larkspur - Delphinium Nuttallii

                  maybe: Longleaf Phlox - Phlox longifolia

                            Nuttalli dogwood - Cornus nuttallii

                  Oregon Fawn Lili - Erythronium oregonum

                      Tall Oregon Grape - Mahonia aquifolium

                    Pink Fawn Lili - Erythronium revolutum

                           Common Camash - Camassia quamash

                      Leafybract Aster - Aster foliaceus

                       Queen's Cup Lili - Clintonia uniflora

              Oregon Checker Mallow - Sidalcea oregana

         Western Starflower - Trientalis borealis subsp. latifolia

          I hope you enjoyed walking through my woods with
          me enjoying our beautiful wild flowers?


Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for posting the beautiful photographs. I found a unique wildflower that I had never seen while hiking this last weekend and wanted to know what it was.
Thanks to your site, I found it.
Elegant Cat's Ear!!!

Anonymous said...

That really is a nice shot of the Elegant Cat's Ear. That particular wildflower is also sometimes called the Mariposa Lily.

The leaves in the background of the lovely calochortus elegans (tolmiei?) specimen, however, are another native plant-- and one that most folks will want to steer clear of:

Toxicodendron diversilobum.

That's right; "Poison Oak," to the unwary. To anyone susceptible, a single brush with one of those leaves can lead to weeks of misery. :)

The foliage of the calochortus is fairly unassuming and looks like countless other grasses when it isn't in bloom.

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