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Sticky Sandspurry

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Sticky sandspurry (Spergularia macrotheca) is a member of the Pink Family (Caryophyllaceae). This perennial native has a woody, thickened base and taproot from which several, leafy, reclining to sprawling stems arise. The entire plant is covered in glandular hairs and … Continue reading

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Howell’s Mariposa Lily

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Driving along Rogue River Siskiyou National Forest Road 4201 west of Oregon Highway 199 in Josephine County last June I noticed a hillside with white flowers I could not identify. Leonard is very good at stopping and backing up (obviously … Continue reading

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European Centaury

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European centaury (Centaurium erythraea) is native to and widespread in Europe, Western Asia and North Africa.  This annual, sometimes a biennial, member of the Gentian Family (Gentianaceae) has been introduced into Eastern Australia and the Americas. In the United States … Continue reading

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Hiker’s Gentian

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Last week Leonard and I hiked to Paradise Meadow at Lassen Volcanic National Park. This late in the season I did not expect to encounter wildflowers to photograph. Instead I was expecting to enjoy a gorgeous fall day and learn … Continue reading

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Meal Time

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Over the years I posted several articles on turkey vultures. (including “Turkey Vulture” on 12-19-2011) I recently took some interesting turkey vulture pictures and decided to share them too. Leonard noticed a dead ring-necked pheasant (Phasianus colchicus) in one of … Continue reading

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Female Twelve-spotted Skimmer

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Twelve-spotted skimmers (Libellula pulchella) are common in most of the United States, Southern Canada and into Mexico. They can be found near ponds, lakes and the broad, slow portions of rivers. As the name suggests, this dragonfly had twelve brown … Continue reading

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Saffron-flowered Lupine

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There are more than 130 species of lupine in California alone. These members of Fabaceae, the Legume or Pea Family, look very similar and are, at least for me, difficult to identify. My lupine posts are usually of those species … Continue reading

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