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Mule Ears

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Mule ears, mule’s ear, wooly mule ear, mountain mule ear – all are names for the bright yellow wildflower that carpets the sides of hills in Northern California, Northwest Nevada and Southeast Oregon with color in the spring and early summer. Wyethia mollis is … Continue reading

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Fairy Slipper

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Also known as a calypso orchid, the fairy slipper (Calypso bulbosa. ) is a beautiful little orchid that grows in forests rich in humus or leaf mould. Fairy slippers are found throughout the western states and all of Canada. Each … Continue reading

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Fledgling Barn Owls

The last several nights a fledgling barn owl (Tyto alba) has been sitting in the cottonwood trees next to our bedroom window. This young owl is the oldest of the five barn owls hatched in our barn this season (Lookout CA). … Continue reading

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Brodiaea

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Another common plant of open sites (grassy meadows, slopes and rocky areas) which are composed of dry, sandy and gravelly soil, is brodiaea (Brodiaea douglasii). About 16 native species of this lily family member are found in the West. The nomenclature of brodiaea … Continue reading

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Still Growing

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This is an unusual year, in my opinion, for Canada goose (Branta canadensis) goslings. Normally it seems as though most of the chicks in our area arrive within a week or so of each other. This year Leonard and I … Continue reading

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Watercress

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I recently mentioned that American brooklime often grew in association with watercress. Indeed, the brooklime in the pictures flourished together with watercress in that spring-fed stream flowing into the Pit River (Shasta County CA). Watercress (Rorippa nasturtium, also known as … Continue reading

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Lupine

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There are three common blue/violet wildflowers that I associate with spring – camas, larkspur and lupine. There are around a hundred species of lupine in North America. The most outstanding characteristic of lupines is their palmately compound leaves with elongated … Continue reading

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