Tuesday, November 11, 2014

DIY wreath making ideas

Here is a link to a recent DIY wreath making article on Dave's Garden. November means wreath making and greenery harvesting. Good times!

Dave's Garden article

Sunday, August 3, 2014

News Flash: Condors in Zion National Park

Zion National Park is where Condors in Utah hang out. A pair of first-time nesting condors have a successful nest; time will tell how the young bird does.


Monday, July 14, 2014

Here is a link to an article on planting host plants for butterfly larvae:  Daves Garden. Gotta love those caterpillars - sort of the ugly duckling that turns into a beautiful wood duck.




Sunday, June 15, 2014

Wildflowers along the Metolius River

Although not a spectacular showing of wildflowers along the Metolius River, there is a nice diversity of plants in flower at this time.






Near the Wizard Falls Fish Hatchery there are cow parsnip, white bog orchids and self-heal blooming near the overflow pond and nearby edge of the river. A little farther downstream, you'll see scarlet gilia, triangular-leaf senecio, corn lily and a velvety lupine.

On the east bank of the river, also near Wizard Falls, there are tiger lilies, Indian paintbrush, western starflower, western polemonium and red columbines.

The balsamroot are better up near the headwaters of the river, but seem to be on the downhill side of their peak.

Still, on my last outing there on Friday, June 13, there were over 30 species of plants in bloom. In addition to the flowers, there was a pair of bald eagles hanging around the overflow pond. I think one of them took a young raven or crow; one of the eagles took the bird near the pond but I didn't have a great look at its prey.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Todd Lake journal 2/24/14

The snowshoe trail to Todd Lake from the Mt. Bachelor Nordic Center was in good condition today. Some 6' of snow covered the ground; however, the light rain was mixing up a batch of "Cascade concrete." Huge snow plops felled from overweight limbs and you could feel the snow settle with the new moisture.


Low clouds obscured any of the peaks and, at times, limited the visibility along the trail.


No worries. The well marked trail provided plenty of visual clues and the packed surface was easy to follow. Conditions should be favorable for awhile; lower elevation sites may not fair so well.



Not much wildlife to report, other than some very fresh porcupine tracks. The waddle tracks descended some small hills and crossed up others. Some fresh tracks were well preserved in the snow to the point that I could see the heel pads and the long toe nails. 

Some red crossbills, Clark's nutcrackers, mountain chickadees, Steller's jays and gray jays were present. 


Just another fine outing in the Central Oregon Cascades!

Monday, December 16, 2013

National Poinsettia Day was December 12 and celebrates the industry and the man Joel Robert Poinsett who is credited with bringing the plant home from Mexico. Named after him, the Poinsettia is an interesting plant and a fixture of the Christmas holiday season.


Thursday, December 12, 2013

Snowshoeing Edison Sno-Park

December 10, 2013  Our small group navigated the Long Loop trail from the Edison Sno-Park through the woods and over the lava flows to the Edison Shelter before returning via a ski trail back to the sno-park. Thin coverage and lots of blowdown were the prime reasons to avoid the snowshoe trail on the return trip from the shelter.

Though the area is gorgeous with mammoth ponderosa and interesting lavascapes, the conditions are marginal, for snowshoeing, at this point in time. Recommendation: go higher up the Cascade Lakes Highway and look for deeper snow at the Swampy Sno-Park or Dutchman Flat Sno-Park. And keep the legs moving for the Pray for Snow boogie!