Posted by: atowhee | August 1, 2013


A visiting friend wanted to go for a hike this morning. I could only hope we could find a spot so high up that the smoke wouldn’t cover us. The smoke above 6000′ today on Mt. Ashland was minimal and the wildflowers were maximal. Here’s what the smoke layer looked like from above:P1670520 (1280x1280)
LYALL ROCK CRESSFireweed or as they say in Scotland, rosebay willow-herb, which is where I first had it called to my attention. It is a native plant here.
erigeron (1) Wiggins lily, the most striking if not the most beautiful flower of the whole day. We found only a few.
erigeron One of the erigeron which are in the daisy family. too hard for me to figure out. Gimme an immature shorebird any day, heck, even a young sparrow. That would be easier.
Helenium bigelovii The bright yellow composite with the bulbous center, that would be Helenium bigelovii. The partially blooming pinkish flowers in the lower left (and slightly out of focus) are owl-clover. This one is Orthocarpus cuspidatus which is also called Siskiyou Mountain Orthocarpus. The botanists are an anarchical bunch so there is no accepted universal nomenclature beyond the scientific binomial so competing common names spring up like, well, weeds.
CAL CORN LILY California corn lily with blue sky above and behind. penstemon I believe this to be a penstemon but will venture no more than that. More flowers to blog when I have the time.
Mt. Ashland, Jackson, US-OR. Aug 1, 2013 9:30 AM. 14 species

Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) 1
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) 1
American Kestrel (Falco sparverius) 1
Olive-sided Flycatcher (Contopus cooperi) 1
Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis) 7
House Wren (Troglodytes aedon) 2
Golden-crowned Kinglet (Regulus satrapa) 1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 25
Orange-crowned Warbler (Oreothlypis celata) 1
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus) 2
Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) 1
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) 120
Lazuli Bunting (Passerina amoena) 1
Pine Siskin (Spinus pinus) 45


  1. Nice flower photos, I especially like the California corn lilies.

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