Spring has definitely (and finally!) arrived in western Oregon, with wildflowers and gardens bursting into bloom. Mount Pisgah Arboretum and surrounding Howard Buford Recreation Area is an excellent place to see and photograph a good variety of native plants. As usual, Osoberry and Spring Beauty were among the very first to bloom, soon to be followed by the Trilliums, always a northwest favorite. Two species of Trillium are found at Mt. Pisgah: Western Trillium (Trillium ovatum) is common throughout the [read more …]
After a long, hot and much drier than normal summer in western Oregon this year, the seasons are changing right on cue with the Autumn Equinox. Photographers, and nature lovers in general, are eagerly anticipating the time when leaves go from green to gold and the arrival of fall color. The last days of summer are a time of transition. Daytime temps are still warm, but the nights and early mornings are turning a bit cool. Many photographers are grateful that [read more …]
With just a few days of warmth and sunshine following weeks of cold and rain, the wildflowers have started blooming at Mount Pisgah Arboretum here in Oregon’s southern Willamette Valley. Hiking yesterday on a loop of Zig Zag, Upper Plateau, Jette, South Boundary and Incense Cedar Trails, I saw Trillium, Houndstongue, Oregon Fawn Lily, Spring Beauty, Oregon Grape and even a few early blooms of Common Camas. I always enjoy seeing trillium blooming, as these beautiful and delicate flowers, plus [read more …]
After months of gray skies and dreary weather, the sight of daffodils and tulips popping up in gardens, fields and farms is a delight here in the Pacific Northwest. The colorful flowers are fabulous for photography, and several of the biggest bulb growers in Washington and Oregon open their fields for photographers. Tulips start to show their color in March and the blossoming continues into May, with the big fields usually in their prime around the second and third weeks [read more …]
Halloween means Jack-O-Lanterns, and the pumpkin patches at farms all over the Pacific Northwest have been harvested for pumpkin sales and displays in stores and at produce stands. The Daum family put together a great Halloween and fall harvest display at their produce stand next to their barn near the town of Hopewell in Oregon’s Willamette Valley.
Summertime in Oregon’s Willamette Valley and the berries are ripe! We’ve got a wealth of them here – blueberries, strawberries, boysenberries, raspberries and marionberries. The ones from the grocery stores are great, those from farmer’s markets and produce stands are better, and picking them from our own garden is better still.