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  • Cindy,
    Not knowing what they look like, I can’t say for sure what they are, but California tortoiseshells use Ceanothus velutinus and can have big years where they apparently cover the plants. I’ve never been lucky enough to witness that. Lucky you!

  • Dave Horton:

    Great photos and info. Anxious to read your subsequent posts.

  • Hello, Enjoyed your blog post about Table Rock. I was just up there today and was struggling to identify the gentians; they just didn’t seem to accurately fit either G. calycosa varieties or G. affinis. I googled and found your post! I see this post is from 2011. Any news/progress on the work in this genus, and the true identity of the gentians of Table Rock?

  • Lori Humphreys:

    Bee: male Megachile most likely, tho I would like to see feet.
    I was up there 27 July, thunderstorm and clouds, few butterflies. Again Aug 4, and I remember not seeing many butterflies, but I was looking for bees. I have noticed that wet area on satellite pics, but didn’t go there.
    I looked at your plant list for Phacelia species, mutabilis vs hastata (checked Grasshopper list by mistake but noticed Hydrophylls with borages), I’ve been guessing which species I have based on basal leaves and stem number. For example:
    I did see 10s of hairstreaks in the Tumblebug burn, 43.478, -122.266, which is more than usual.

  • Karl Anderson:


    The close-up photo of Eriophyllum lanatum without long rays, clearly showing the five petals on each floret, is amazing. It gave me an “aha” moment. I’m puzzled too, about the origin of the larger outermost florets. From a quick’n’dirty search on Google Scholar, it appears floret development in Asteraceae is controlled by genetics (possibly involving transposons, i.e. “jumping genes”) and position in the composite head. Fascinating stuff.

  • Hope Stanton:

    How do we pre-order


  • Hi Hope,

    The links for the OregonFlora and BRIT websites are in the last paragraph. You can order the book now, and they will ship it when it is printed, hopefully in the next couple of months.

  • Bruce:

    Tanya, your blog above (Oct. 11th) says “this week” for the new web site. Do you know when notice goes out? It looks wonderful! Best, B

  • Jason Clinch:

    Hi Tanya!

    Another great trip report! Thanks! I have a quick question. You mentioned creating a plant list on your phone which piqued my interest. Do you use any app in particular for doing so?



  • Hi Jason,

    I don’t use any list-making app. I just use the recorder to take notes so when I get home I can enter them into my database. It also helps me remember what else I’ve seen and anything else I want to remember. I imagine there’s a way to input the names or check off a list that could then be transferred to the computer, but I haven’t looked into it yet. Let me know if you find a good one!

  • The Clarkia species in the photo is diamond clarkia (C. rhomboidea). Its seed capsules are wider than C. amoena, and its seedlings are more reminiscent of bowling pins than our other species.

  • Karl:

    By your photos, Tanya, you’re always in just the right place at just the right time! I’m in awe.

  • Blanche Douma:

    That was a wonderful story, Tanya. You provided me with visions of beauty on this dreary, cold, and wet day. Thank you so much.

  • Sue Mandeville:

    Always appreciate your botany newsletters. You mentioned Heckletooth Mountain’s east and south meadows. Are the meadows from clear cuts or landslides or too rocky for trees to grow?

  • Blanche Douma:

    Thank you, Tanya – for a great opener to Spring.

    I’m glad you mentioned Hall’s Lomatium. I have a romantic interest and immense appreciation for the genus.

    Your information is as appreciated as your lovely photography.


  • Hope stanton:

    What a great adventure.

  • Val Rogers:

    Sounds like heaven! Never heard of the sweat salt lick trick before. I’ll have to try it sometime.

  • Tanya, I really love reading of your explorations and your finds. Thank you for writing this blog!

  • You’re welcome, Saelon. I’m glad you’re enjoying it!

  • Jeffrey Caldwell:

    Thanks, as usual, for sharing your interesting field trip. Michael Pyle has seen Johnson’s Hairstreak on Cornus nuttallii, so with your observations I now have recorded three butterfly species that use the flowers. I strongly suspect you’re right, flowers being in the sun make a difference when it comes to butterfly interest.

  • Judy Volem:

    I happily found your blog and read your most recent entry. Exquisite pohotos. Still feeling a sense of awe after the incredible hike to Tire Mountain with Molly and company. Really one of the most beautiful, informative afternoons – thank you!

  • Kate Shapiro:

    Greetings Tanya! Nice report of a spot I’ve not yet visited. As I’ve been out on hikes, in addition to flowering plants, I’m taking note of butterflies. Satyr Comma in April at Pisgah; what seemed to be a Pacific Fritillary & maybe Spring Azure today at Brice Creek. I look forward to your NPSO field trip this summer. Cheers, Kate

  • walter rhea:

    Just did flower search west of Bly. Amongst other things, ceanothus prostratus everywhere, I came across a violet that I think is v purpurea venosa. It seems to fit but maybe not. Could I indulge you to look at a few photos. I won’t be offended if you decline. Lots of Hydrophyllum captitatum alpinum and an interesting shrub with long tube flowers. I am still trying to ID it. Tobacco comes to mind, but it just does not fit. I very much enjoy your outings.
    … Walt Rhea

  • Hi Walter,

    You’re welcome to send me some photos, but I can’t promise much help with plants outside the Cascades, especially on the east side. As much as I’d like to learn the flora better elsewhere in Oregon, I haven’t had the time to do as much exploring as I’d like.

  • Jeffrey Caldwell:

    Thanks a lot for bringing us along on your interesting field trip. I love every detail you choose to relay.

    Interesting those brown elfin flitting around the Fremont silktassel. I see Calflora says it flowers Jan-April. I wonder where it was at in the flowering cycle at that location. The caterpillars eat flower buds and I have recorded many confirmed or strongly suspected hosts for it in several families: Adoxaceae, Agavaceae, Boraginaceae, Convolvulaceae, Ericaceae, Rhamnaceae, Polygonaceae, and Rosaceae but previously haven’t noticed any association with any Garryaceae.

  • Hi Jeffrey,

    The Garrya was just about finished blooming, but the inflorescences were still evident. I would love to see the brown elfin caterpillars!

  • Kate Shapiro:

    Hello Tanya! This is funny: I was at Tire on 5/28 with Obsidians. Flowers definitely came along in a week: Fantastic bloom, we were all dazzled. In addition to what you cite–& more I could list–lots of Delphinium menziesii in several areas, Lathryus, Sedums opening, Collinsias, Synthris in the woods to mix the seasons. Lots of V. glabella, & I do not recall seeing any with the spots you recorded. Were these in one area? Perhaps they were from rain, although that seems odd. My botany cohort & I puzzled over stunted, twisted trees just starting to leaf-out. A last-year leaf showed them to be White Oak which amazed us. Weather was perfect: sunny, temps. upper-60s. Bikers, yes, but all were extremely, cheerfully courteous. Kate

  • Thanks for the update, Kate! So glad there was so much in bloom for you. We were all tempted to come back soon to see the next wave, but there are so many other places to go as well. I’ll be back for seed season for sure though.

    The spotty leaves for all along the trail between the first large view meadow and the intersection of the Alpine and Tire Mountain trails. I didn’t notice them elsewhere, but they might have been in other areas as well.

  • Barb:

    We were there on the same day! I think we started a little later than you — the sun was coming out by the time we reached the first meadow. So many mt bikers and also two dirt bikers. All courteous. I was surprised at the diversity for it being kind of early — may have to go back again this week after all this warm weather. Did you go all the way to the summit of Tire Mt? We were turned back by all the downed trees.

  • Hi Barb,

    We might have passed you at some point! I haven’t been to the top of Tire Mountain in years. There’s no view and no plants you can’t see lower down. I have, however, been to all the off-trail meadows, of which there are many. It’s definitely worth going again later. Even after the grass is all dried out in July, there’s another big show of color from the farewell-to-spring (Clarkia amoena): see July Blooms at Tire Mountain.

  • Lon Otterby:

    Tanya, Wow, I am looking forward to the Southern Willamette Forest Collaborative restoration project on the west side of Rigdon. Those high up meadows are so important. Thanks for the preview!!
    Lon Otterby

  • ernst schwintzer:

    Have you seen any monarch butterflies recently? I have showy milkweed in my yard and have not seen any monarchs in over two years.

  • Hi Ernst,

    Unfortunately, the western monarch population crashed in the last couple of years. Hardly any made it to Oregon last year. We’re keeping our fingers crossed and hoping they can recover, but in spite of many efforts on the part of monarch lovers, it isn’t looking good. Some interesting information can be read here:

  • Becky Riley:

    Thanks for the interesting post–and all the scrambling and poking around looking for milkweed. So interesting (and encouraging) to know about all this A. cordifolia up on these west-side, low elevation rocky meadows.

  • David Cammack:

    Hope the book is coming out soon.

  • I do hope I’ll be able to get back to my book in the next couple of years, but I am currently working as layout person and editor for both the Flora of Oregon and the Flora of North America. My book has to take a back seat. On the plus side, I’ll be that much more knowledgeable when I can start working on it again. In the meantime, enjoy photos, lists, and info from my website.

  • Jeffrey Caldwell:

    As usual I love to read about your field trips and enjoy the photographs. Haven’t been able to get out much myself for a long time — at present I can barely get around the house.

  • Ernst Schwintzer:

    Looks like a wonderful outing. Great pictures.
    A link to a map locating Loletta Peak would be helpful.

  • Hi Ernst,

    Here’s a link to the location of Loletta Peak:
    Loletta Peak

    You can find Loletta Lakes, just to the northwest, on any map. The wetlands we explored are just to the north across the road.

  • Wilbur L. Bluhm:

    Tanya, I enjoy seeing your trip reports, such as this one to Moon Point. Thanks for including me on your list of receivers.


  • Ingrid Ford:

    Groundhog I so remember those trips with you. Nice seeing these trips of yours.

  • Leigh Blake:

    Thank you!!! A wonderful post…I really appreciate your hikes…great photos too..

    Thank you!!


  • Ingrid:

    What a wonderful day for you and the macro photo of egg is amazing. Finding the many different ants tending the caterpillars makes me wonder what they are doing.

  • Janie Thomas:

    Very cool Tanya. We’ve hiked that area many times but didn’t know about the hidden lakes. Next spring!! Thanks

  • Kate:

    Tanya, you probably already have this figured out, but ant species “tend” caterpillars that exude a sweet solution through a dorsal nectary gland. There’s a lot of online info. Apparently this is not uncommon among some Lycaenid butterfly larva. In exchange, of course, the ants protect the larva from predation.

  • Kate, yes, I wrote about this last year in Butterfly Discovery at Eagles Rest. It’s a fascinating case of symbiosis that I first read about in a British butterfly book as a child. I’ve only seen it in the field a few times, however, so it is still exciting to witness.

  • Stu Garrett:

    Tanya love your observations and photography!

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