Mountain Plants of the Western Cascades of Oregon
and Where to Find Them
began as an idea of what to do with all my photographs and information on the Western Cascades. And let’s face it, I needed some justification for all the time I was already spending exploring and botanizing this beautiful area.
The book will have two parts—or perhaps it will be two companion books. The first will cover the plants including conifers, ferns and their allies, dicots, and monocots other than graminoids. Currently that is about 550 plants. This is intended to be a comprehensive guide, not just the most common or showy plants. I’m most of the way through putting this together but working slowly.
The second section/book will cover what I consider the best accessible botanical sites in the Western Cascades. While most will be official trails, there are some roadside sites as well for those who can’t or aren’t in the mood to hike. Check out the Sites section of this website for directions and brief information about most of these.
The book is still in progress… and may be for a while yet. I have much yet to learn, and I won’t be satisfied until I’m happy with every photo and every description. Until then, this website will serve as a repository for some of my information and photos of plants and good botanizing locations. Please visit the Plants and Places Blog where I’ll report on what I find on my botanizing trips.
Here is a sample of one section of the book.