Posted by: atowhee | April 7, 2013


“…green trees leaning
over the sidewalk,
forsythia yellow
beneath the windows,
birds singing
as birds sing
only in spring…” –Wendell Berry

LRKSPR1 Larkspur, a member of the Delphinium genus, not sure which one this is. An early bloomer, for sure.

Mule’s ears, named for its leaf, not yellow flower. Wyethia* augustifolia. This plant is in the sunflower family, Asteraceae.
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Cherry trees.
lomatium (1280x1110) Lomatium.
HONZ TUNG Great hound’s tongue, Cynoglossum grande, in borage family.
vernl pool-1 (1280x697) This vernal pool at Military Slough, Denman WMA, is brimming full of Draba verna, spring Whitlow grass, a member of the honorable and venerable (as well as vernal) Mustard Family. It is a larger Mustard cousin that turns pastures and vineyards bright yellow about this time of year.

The Wyenthia genus was named for Nathaniel Wyeth funder and leader of a fur-trading expedition based in Boston that crossed the continent to Astoria in the 1830s. On that expedition were Thomas Nuttall and John Kirk Townsend, the first two naturalists to cross the U.S. on foot. And Oregon at that time was NOT yet part of the U.S. The trading posts in the Astoria area were owned by Hudson’s Bay Company. The genus was named in honor of Wyeth by Nuttall who collected and later described hundreds of new plant species found on this trip. Nuttall was one of the most important naturalists in North America at the time. He and Townsend also collected numerous new bird and mammal species on this trip. Both have namesake plants, birds and mammals. Nuttall wrote the first complete book on American trees as well as the first field guide to American birds.


  1. Once upon a time,
    When women were birds,
    There was the simple understanding
    That to sing at dawn
    And to sing at dusk
    Was to heal the world through joy.
    The birds still remember what we have forgotten,
    That the world is meant to be celebrated.

    – Terry Tempest Williams, When Women Were Birds

    Happy Poetry Month! Thanks for your posts Harry…

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