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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Cooper Mountain Wildflowers

The weather has been chilly, wet, and occasionally windy all of this week so far, which makes last Saturday's day spent outside that much nicer considering how mild and sunny it was! In my last post, I focused on the animals seen at Cooper Mountain Nature Park and Ridgefield NWR. Here are photos of all the wildflowers that were in bloom at Cooper Mountain. Going through my photos reminded me that spring is still alive even though it feels more like February again outside!

Tall oregon-grape (Mahonia aquifolium)

An as-yet unidentified wildflower. These little purple, four-petaled flowers were everywhere, mostly in drooping clusters. Any ideas?

Common groundsel (Senecio vulgaris)

Blue-eyed Mary (Collinsia spp.)

Wild strawberry (Fragaria virginiana)

Purple death nettle (Not self-heal as previously labeled)

Saxifrage species (Saxifraga spp.)

Poison oak (Toxicodendron diversilobum)

Miner's lettuce (Claytonia perfoliata)

Forget-me-not (Myosotis spp.)

Common storks-bill (Erodium cicutarium)

Fawn lily (Erythronium oregonum)

Saskatoon (Amalanchier alnifolia)


Warren Baker said...

The weather's gone backwards for us too Monika. Enough to drive you to drink if we could afford it! (re-daves blog)

The Chatty Housewife said...

Can you eat the berries of the Saskatoon? Where I grew up in Saskatchewan, Canada, Saskatoons were great in pie. :)

The Chatty Housewife said...

Oh interesting, I found an answer to my question here:

(Scroll down to the comments.)

Heather said...

Hooray, wildflower time!!! Sorry, no ideas about your unidentified flower. They are all lovely though, and many of them are foreign to me. Hope your weather gets better!

Lancs and Lakes Outback Adventure Wildlife Safaris said...

Several of those are the same species as we get here, Self Heal can be found in the Base Camp garden, but it'll be a coupla months yet before they start to flower