We stopped at the Kiger Gorge overlook on Steens Mountain in August and saw tiny flowers at our feet. These are prostrate lupines, Lupinus lepidus var. lobbii. I put my hand in the picture just to give you an idea of the scale. This native plant grows in alpine habitats. The tiny blue or purple … Continue reading Prostrate lupine – a tiny beauty: Friday Flowers
Fuzzy lupine blossoms on Glass Buttes last spring. Friday Flowers
A stately lupine This lupine flower stands tall and stately in my garden. Though different from its wild cousins, it is just as beautiful. Friday Flowers
Blooming lupine amidst obsidian Lupine plants were in full bloom on a recent trip I took to Glass Buttes, Oregon. They have beautiful flowers and a unique leaf form. The palmately divided leaves of lupine can have five to 28 leaflets. Water often funnels down the leaflets and collects at their base.
On the Oregon Trail “We’re almost there,” Pa said. He pointed towards a low sagebrush-covered hill. “It’s just over that rise.” “How many times have you said that, Pa?” I said to myself. I shaded my eyes and looked at the dismal landscape. Dusty sagebrush and clumps of dry grass for as far … Continue reading Oregon Trail – Baker City: Visiting History
Here are a few of my purple pretties in full bloom in my High Desert yard in Central Oregon.
I went on a field trip recently to one of my favorite places–Glass Buttes. Obsidian is everywhere you look! It’s like being a kid in a candy store. In fact in one of my previous posts, Glass Butte Dragonglass, I show a picture of some obsidian I have collected displayed in a candy bowl. Glass Buttes … Continue reading Glass Buttes obsidian field trip
Last weekend I was out looking for some of the 11+ species of woodpeckers that can be seen near Sisters, Oregon. The Dean Hale Woodpecker Festival brings birdwatchers from all over the world into the woodpecker-rich habitats in the area. East Cascades Audubon Society has been putting on the well-attended event since 2011. There were 17 … Continue reading Where’s Woody?
I think the Gene Jeannie has been at work in my backyard. I planted one purple and white lupine and it has multiplied. Now I have a violet and purple one, two purple and white ones, a violet and white one, and an all white one.
Last week I went to the Metolius Preserve on a short hike with the Deschutes Land Trust (DLT). This 1,240 acre preserve is located about ten miles west of Sisters, OR and was acquired by the DLT in 2003. Ponderosa pine trees dominate the landscape but there are also Douglas fir, grand fir, incense cedar, … Continue reading Metolius Preserve Hike