Mountain Textures Jenny Woodman - Oregon - Spring 2016

Rhododendron thrive in Oregon. I have a friend who finds them terrifying because they grow so large, but I think they are lovely.
Black squirrels and other critters like hanging around campsites because we humans are careless with our scraps.
It's reassuring to see so much snowpack on Mt Hood again.
These fellows -- Stellar Jays -- are bold and make a dreadful racket in the morning. Regardless, I love their iridescent blue feathers. I recently learned that their noisy calls serve as helpful alarms for smaller songbirds and critters who scatter when the jay starts yelling. (I still wish the started muckraking a little later when we're camping!)
Oplanpanax horridus, or Devil's Club is a subalpine plant, and is usually found in the understory of Western Cedar and hemlock, and Sitka Spruce.
A woodpecker's paradise.
I keep trying to use assorted guides for identifying the flora and fauna, but I almost always end up texting my friend Terry. If she doesn't know, she texts Beth. When I get it wrong, they mock me; sometimes I skip that and go right to them. This is an Oregon dark-eyed junco.
Western Red Cedar
Poser.
One of my favorites signs of spring: Cornus canadensis or bunchberry dogwood
Fiddlehead ferns.
A June beetle in May.
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