a stroll through the meadow

Another “Botany romp” a name I’m borrowing from a comment to the previous post. We were close to the same area as before, but exploring a delightful meadow this time.
(All of these images were taken June 11th, 2018)SCMeadow-03829So many botanical treasures, it was extremely difficult to narrow things down to a reasonable level to post. A field full of buttercups and Camas lilies, just for starters.

SCMeadow-03837This is only a small sample of the field in bloom.

SCMeadow-03780A view at the edge around the meadow.

SCMeadow-03723A very busy little bee visiting this wild rose.

SCMeadow-03739From this location we looked up at the dead and aged trees that still stand from the Biscuit Fire (2002).

 

There are so many similar looking varieties of Paintbrush (Castilleja) that I’m not even going to try to pin this one down.

SCMeadow-03757A female Bluebird who didn’t let us get close enough for a good portrait. She’s a bit more drab than her male counterpart with his bright blue feathers.

SCMeadow-03772Looking up at a Fire Lookout at the top of that ridge. We’re thinking that the Firefighters might have set a back burn going down the hill to protect the building and to help contain the fire. That slope below and behind it looks pretty bare, though quite a few trees at the edge of the meadow seem to have suffered minimal damage.

SCMeadow-03795Some diminutive violets scattered here and there.

SCMeadow-03805An Elegant Cat’s Ear (Calochortus elegans). I find these fuzzy ones fascinating, but they’re so tiny in this area that they’d be very easy to overlook.

SCMeadow-03811Even the Chipmunks seemed smaller than usual.

SCMeadow-03816I seem to find the white flowers to be the most challenging because there are so many similar ones.

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SCMeadow-04071Pacific Coast Irises (Iris innominata).

SCMeadow-03982Another one from the Iris family… Idaho blue-eyed grass (Sisyrinchium idahoense)

SCMeadow-03846This lovely cool, clear water stream ran through the meadow at some point.

SCMeadow-04110You could tell where the water flowed by the clumps of pitcher plant flowers showing above the meadow grasses.

 

 

 

This cute little fellow seemed to be enjoying a small pond.

SCMeadow-03989Another unidentified white flower.

SCMeadow-03853I’m guessing this is a Spring Azure Butterfly (Celastrina ladon). It was a challenge to catch it as it flitted from flower to flower, even more so to identify it.
(Corrections gratefully accepted.)

SCMeadow-04017This looked like some wildly confused bunch of grass – didn’t know which way to go.

SCMeadow-04023New growth on Conifers.

SCMeadow-04033More leaf tips decked out in colors. This time in red.

SCMeadow-04138Another example of Bear Grass, this time it’s more fully opened up.

SCMeadow-04099I can’t seem to resist the look of the sun shining on the lacy Western Redcedar (Thuja plicata)

SCMeadow-04095Finally we found this cool little spring heading on the way down the hills.

Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread. A civilization which destroys what little remains of the wild, the spare, the original, is cutting itself off from its origins and betraying the principle of civilization itself. 
― Edward AbbeyDesert Solitaire

 

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35 thoughts on “a stroll through the meadow

  1. A cornucopia of floral delights!! Each time I thought “oh I must say that’s my favourite!” another photo made my spirit sore. So glad that you appreciate how lucky you are and want to share it all with us!!

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    • It’s such a heavenly place. Little did we know when we bought the place. Just pure dumb luck got us this little bit of heaven on earth. I’m so glad you enjoyed coming along our adventures. Won’t be posting while I recover from cataract surgery, but itching to get back out in the wild just as soon as I can!

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  2. OMG what a botany romp! I like the view from the meadow’s edge, with those tall, old trees. The Calochortus is amazing, it’s good you mentioned how tiny it is, and I bet I wouldn’t have seen it at all. Irises were still blooming, cool! I love Blue-eyed grass, it’s so pretty. There’s one in the east I used to see…the stream is beautiful, such a deep, clean blue, and oh, what a great Pitcher plant flower photo! So elegant! Fantastic composition. I love the swimming frog, that was a lucky break, seeing him in the water all spread out. 🙂 I think you’re right about the Spring azure – they’re always moving too fast…it’s nice to see the full-out Bear grass, what a beauty! And the spring at the end, how lovely. Vine maple leaves on the left are unmistakable, and I think that’s deer fern towards the middle. Others are on the tip of my tongue, but I’m still a little sleep-deprived. It’s such a delightful image, so cool and nice.

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    • Thanks for the visit and detailed response (esp. while sleep deprived no less!) Hope you get a chance to rest up and enjoy your new surroundings now. That’s what we’ve been doing and it seems to be an endless delight. I have no doubt that you’ll be finding the same in your new location! 😀

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  3. Wonderful romp, Gunta. A gorgeous array of nature’s wonders. Love the cat’s ear, the pitcher plant and the first images with their complementary colors stood out for me. The entire series is terrific.

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  4. Pingback: Jo’s Monday walk : That bridge, and beyond | restlessjo

    • Thanks for the mention! Your stroll and mine couldn’t have been any more different, but they’re both beautiful in their own way! The parks and churches of Eastern Europe are so marvelous.

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    • Thanks, Scott. Our mountains are a bit different from the ones you used to climb, but they’re pretty fascinating in their own way. I could do without the ticks though…

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  5. What a lovely feeling of summer. It is all quite glorious. Fire and its aftermath is complex, and the mosaic of patches you describe is interesting. However, I understand that the increasing frequency and intensity of fires resulting from human-induced changes (such as mono-culture plantations) and the deliberate setting of fires in many regions can have undesirable consequences (and climate change makes it even more complicated). I appreciate the quotation.

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    • Yes, summer! We are on the downhill run here while your summer is just approaching. Funny how that works. The mono-culture plantations seem to be the worst when it comes to wildfires. We had a pretty visceral experience of the difference when we crossed a boundary between National Forest and privately owned Timber Company land. That should be coming up when I have time to sort and post.

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      • It went down to 4 Celsius (39 F ) last night, which is cold for us ☺, but the days are mostly sunny and mild unless there is a chilly wind from the cold mountains. I look forward to your post. Enjoy sorting through your pics!

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  6. I call these “Discovery Walks” after participating in such programs with grade schoolers at a state environmental ed center. Regardless of the title, I enjoyed the walk and am glad you shared! Intrigued by the pitcher plant – much different than ours. The western redcedar does fairly well here in quality landscape settings and has always been a favorite.

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    • This stuff is right in our backyard… just a few miles up the road from our house. It’s pretty amazing. It’s part of the Siskiyou-Cascade National Monument currently being considered to reduce boundaries and protections. We truly enjoy the walks (aka romps) up there and hope we can continue to do so. As for our Pitcher Plant… it’s a Darlingtonia californica. I just posted the flower in this post. I should have some better ones of the plant itself for the next post. They are rather strange and wonderful plants. There are masses of them in this meadow, but they were growing in boggy spots where we didn’t want to venture. I have to agree that our redcedar is a beautiful tree.

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    • That cracks me up! Lynn (the person who made the comment) has seen me go a bit bonkers when up there in the hills, as I “romp” from one discovery to the next! It’s pure joy being immersed in this sort of treasure. 😀

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    • Nature is utterly fascinating and I’m having a grand time looking closer at these marvelous plants and flowers I might have overlooked in the past. The two you mentioned were new to me, but then I started seeing them everywhere up in the hills beyond our house. Amazing!

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  7. Like you, I am always drawn to where the sun is picking out detail from a shady spot. What fun it is to see all of these plants. One or two are familiar from here, but mostly they are all new to me 🙂 Love it. It is heartbreaking to see the damage from fire, isn’t it? Here’s hoping wildfires skip Oregon this year.

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    • It’s rather complicated about the wildfires really. The areas I’ve been exploring in the past couple of posts are not at all heartbreaking. They are what the forest service designates as low-intensity and a part of the natural process. There are some conifers that rely on fire to bust open their cones in order to release the seeds. It’s encouraging to see the growth that returns rather quickly. Of course it might not seem so “quickly” in human time, but it starts with the undergrowth that I’ve been seeing to prepare for the trees to make their comeback. Not everything dies in a fire like this if you look closely. There are patches that remain unburned… and life returns.

      I still have two hikes to sort through in order to get them posted, but we crossed the boundary between National Forest into privately owned Timber lands in the last one. The difference is rather stark in the way fire behaves in diversity vs. monoculture. Now that’s the sad part! I’m hoping I can do the topic some justice.

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      • Thank you for explaining that. I feel a lot better and even excited, then, to see fire return to the area. Here of course we use fire as a tool to control invasive and invigorate the preserves. Almost all of our habitats benefit from fire. But it is much easier to conduct controlled burns on relatively flat pieces of land, bound by roads and wide trails. It would be quite different in mountainous regions, I would imagine, and so I’ve wondered about it.

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