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  • Sharon Reynolds:

    Thanks for your posts Tanya, always interesting and beautiful photos. We appreciate you!

  • I absolutely adore your blog! I’m so grateful for the wealth of information you share. I’m lucky enough to visit Oakridge annually, and I always use your blogs to help guide my explorative adventures. Thank you!

  • Kate merz:

    Lovely post! Wish I lived closer to this area.

  • Kristy Swanson:

    I remember another very wet and sunny hill where dodecatheons were very happy.
    I loved seeing your polemonium, larkspur, Jim in the tree and all the beautiful
    places in bloom with their multicolored communities.

  • Leigh Blake:

    Hi!!! Thank you…fabulous!!! Loved your husband on that wonderful Acer!! I believe in sharing these spots with Walt too…He’s NOT a total plant person…but he does love the WILDS of Oregon… Your photos are so exciting…and I think you know the Orobanche uniflora now grows everywhere in our wild garden…so nice to have these sweeties around all our sedums!!
    Yummy Mertensia…I’ve got to propagate this…We’ve got Adelinia everywhere…

    Thanks for the HIKE with you!!! Hope we can get together this summer…

  • Leigh Blake:

    Such PERFECT ROCK GARDENS!!! This is what I wish more people understood about “Rock gardening”… What great country…and …ho hum…your knowledge never fails to amaze me!!! Beautiful photos… I love the fungus eating beetles… such wonderful little creatures…

    I will look up Bear Bones Ridge…and hopefully get up there some day…just a wonderful spot!!

    Thank you Tanya!!

  • Gail Baker:

    Tanya, Youngs Rock is indeed suited for the “young”. Our last visit was in May 2016 and before that June 2007. I don’t remember thinking the trail was that steep in the past and it was obvious from our previous photos that we did ‘scale” some heights. Not this time.

    This year, a couple of days before Solstice, 6/18/24, we encountered a new suite of blooms than our 2 previous trips. Notably the extensive blooming of Madia elegans and Calochortus tolmiei blanketing the open grassy meadows. We had never experienced that many Calochortus in one place. We are assuming identification on these 2 species, please correct if we are inaccurate.

    The treasures were along the forested part of the trail with lovely hidden clusters of Corallorhiza maculata (spotted coralroot), one Cephalanthera austiniae (phantom orchid), and an interesting “wintergreen” in bud, no leaves. Possibly Pyrola aphylla (leafless wintergreen) from my search on Oregon Flora. A bit concerned about how close some of these were to the trail and the mountain bike use that could easily squish these plants. There was nobody on the trail when we were there.

    From the “cliffs” we spotted many blooms of Penstemon rupicola and heard the call of a Peregrine falcon.

  • Leigh Blake:

    I’m finally reading your post about climate change. We’ve noticed a loss of our birds and many insects this spring that would normally have been here which frightens all of us. I belong to KS Wild..and the statement that climate change is responsible for the loss of BILLIONS of Douglas Firs, and Ponderosa Pine here in Southern Oregon is frightening, indeed! We are next to BLM land…and have watched the progression of contractors log various areas that were once much healthier.
    Our land which we are trying to protect is also under attack…and I wonder if not only climate change but “PHYTOPHERA” is one of the culprits too. Seemingly healthy trees dying within a period of two weeks…next to trees that manage to stay healthy…even after a fairly decent snow pack…
    Our wild garden has just gone dry…and we are losing our well…it seems…I’m so worried about our forest…Thank you Tanya… Happy hiking!!

  • Leigh Blake:

    Glorious HIKE!!! So glad…and grateful to have these wonderful “shots” of PERFECT gardens!!! I’m sorry I misspelled “Phytophthora” in my last response..I did a ‘bit’ of research and found that only one is thought to be damaging… only to Port Orford Cedar…

    Thank you for another beautiful hike…Beautiful photos…wonderful plants and butterflies…

    THANK YOU!!

  • FYI, Ivesia gordonii grows in at least one other place in western Oregon: I’ve seen it on the Nasty Rock Trail. https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/52545642

  • Hi Adam,

    That’s great to hear and thanks for letting me know! I’ll pass it on to OregonFlora so we can get it on the map. If you have any other unusual sightings that you don’t see on the OregonFlora website maps, please send them to info@oregonflora.org, preferably with a photo and lat/long if possible. At present, we have no way to link to iNaturalist.

  • Hi Leigh,

    Well, there’s also the very damaging sudden oak death (Phytophthora ramorum). Sad to say, I’m sure more pathogens will continue to invade Oregon and damage our wild places as well as our gardened ones.

  • I’m glad I looked up this page today while sitting at the Tidbits lookout site, because I wouldn’t have thought that it was so easy to reach The Wall. (I’m sitting on The Wall right now!) I’m not sure where to find the “old trail around the east side” though.

  • I should have mentioned that there are plans to deal with the knawel. Options discussed include hand weeding, smothering with a covering, and spraying. Probably a combination of techniques will be needed. As an annual, it will have created a seed bank that will require more than one year to deal with. Since some of it was already dying back, it is probably too late to do anything this year. Hand pulling all those plants will be quite labor intensive, but smothering can only be done in areas where the natives have already been wiped out. There’s hesitation about using herbicides in an area with so many natives and where there is so much human use, but it may be used in a limited manner. I expect they will also collect native seed from the meadow to reseed after the knawel is removed. It will be interesting to see how the Forest Service ends up battling this awful weed. With the amount of visitation of both hikers and bikers, it is surprising there aren’t more weeds along the trail.

  • Your checkerspot / photo is beautiful!

  • Leigh Blake:

    Great photos…great information…LOVE our katydids…and alll the other inhabitants!! Yes…mainly Checkers here too…but a few California Sisters too…and Tiger Swallowtails…Three species of bumble bees…as well as mason bees…and that wonderful Irridescent green bee.. ( I apologise for not using LATIN nomenclature…or my spelling!!!

    Thank you for sharing these wonderful babies!!! They are all appreciated here!!

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