Rogue River Wildflowers

I had the pleasure of attending a wildflower hike this past weekend, a guided hike led by members of the Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center, a local environmental advocate agency.

I’m always on the look for flowers to capture and this trip took me to an area that Goddess and I have not visited (not that that is difficult, there is so much more to see and do in Oregon).  Unfortunately, Goddess had a school day, so she dropped me off so I could catch a ride.

The area we were hiking is along the Rogue River here in Oregon, upstream of the stretch known as the Wild and Scenic Rogue River, a protected area designated in 1968.

With about 20 of us, plus the two guides, we stretched out quickly.  Both of the guides had identification books that were specific to the stretch we were hiking, one at the front, one at the rear.

I wish I had stuck with either one.

Sitting here, processing these images and then trying to figure out what the flowers are soon became overwhelming.  I’ve put in the general bits that I could figure out, but most are missing.  That’s when I realized there’s a huge disconnect between my long-nurtured style of photography and flower identification.

I guess it’s time to take a class.

So, having said that, if you have an idea of what genus a flower is in a certain image, please leave a comment.  I’ll do the digging.

Flower 1
Flower 2
Flower 3
Flower 4
Flower 5
Flower 6

Yes, I know this a fern, not a flower.  But these little guys sure were neat to see, growing out of a fine moss layer covering rock.  It may take millennia, but between the plants and water, these hills will be flat.

Fern 7

These little ones were trickier than I thought.  They are succulents, which I thought would make it easy to figure out here in Oregon.  But no.

Flower 8

There were plenty of purple flowers along the trail.  It was easy to think that they were all the same.  Looking at the details, they were not.  For example, compare to flower 6 above.

Flower 9

I heard someone mention that the following type was a “paintbrush”.  That narrows it down to the Castilleja genus.  But there are 30 different species here in Oregon.  Based on color alone, I can immediately elimate about 1/3 of those, but that’s when the details get me.

Flower 10

Like this.  It’s a yellow flower with eight petals.  Easy to figure out?  Nope.  I’d tell you how many different species there are in Oregon, but apparently I’ve just crashed the database.

Flower 11

This might be a grass.  I say that because I was standing in a field of grass (that reminds me, I need to check for ticks).

Flower 12

Lastly, I do know this is an iris.  A beautiful specimen, not much larger than 2 inches (5cm) across.  I figured this one would have been easier to identify, but like I said above, it appears I’ve crashed the search database.

Golden Iris (Iris innominata)

That’s really just a handful of the flowers that we saw on our six-mile hike.  I did capture images of many more, but I wasn’t pleased with how they turned out.  And I do know that there were plenty more that I passed with just a glance, especially in the last miles.  It’s been a while since I’ve lugged a 40lb backpack full of camera gear.

And no, I did not use all of that gear.  I knew I wouldn’t.  But I needed a different form of exercise.  More than 24 hours later, I know that it was different.

Again, if you have an idea on a flower, please leave a comment.  I am curious.

Even if you don’t know, which is your favorite?




Walking along the McKenzie River Waterfalls Loop Trail, between Koosah and Sahalie Falls, I quickly peeled off of the trail to set up my tripod.

Goddess asked what I was doing, since there was nothing to shoot there.

You would think she would know by now.

There is always something to shoot.

I found the tumbling rapids enchanting.


Why “Loops” for a title?

The traces of water drops just left of center (as well as upper left) reminded me of a phenomenon on the sun that we had to report, back when I lived in Western Australia and got paid to observe the sun.  What a gig!

Technically speaking, the phenomena is a coronal loop (click those words to get a full description).  But when we reported it, they were simply loops.

This post is appropriate to what Goddess and I will be doing in a few hours.  We’ll catch a quick evening nap, then head out on the road at midnight.  We’ll be driving up to Crater Lake to enjoy the late night, watching the full moon, the stars and the Milky Way, then the sunrise and moonset.  With the lake as a reflecting pool.

Hopefully a great way to start our Monday.

Maybe a picture or two will come out.

Perhaps even a print.


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Koosah Falls Detail

Well that was a string of desert photos.  I’m not done yet, but it’s time for a break.

Perhaps it should be considered a teaser from this weekend’s trip.

A waterfall on the lee-side of the Cascades.

Koosha Falls Detail

Koosha Falls is one of three major falls on the McKenzie river in Linn County, Oregon.  It is a beautiful place and I hope to get back there in better conditions.

It was too damn sunny!

So if the falls weren’t blown out, then the trees would be.

Of course, I could have taken the easy route and spit out one of those ghastly HDR images.

But that’s not me.

So instead it was time to focus on the details.  Which I love.

My favorite part of this image is that fine narrow fall to the left, landing on the rock below, splitting and continuing its path into the river.

Fine as wine.

Of course, there are so many details in the moss and rocks that are just as intriguing.

Anyway, this fall typically runs 64 feet (19.5 meters).  During high flow in spring, perhaps as high as 70 feet (21.3 meters).  As we were looking at it, I wondered out loud to Goddess – “I wonder if anyone has run it”.  But immediately dismissed that idea, since the best line, just outside image frame right, would be the left side of the falls (as the kayaker approaches).  However, that side of the fall lands very hard on a very large boulder, sending spray everywhere.

I quickly dismissed the idea.

Boy, was I wrong – click here to read (and see) an attempt.

My hat off to those that tackle big water.

Black Sky

I’m always amazed at the power of a red filter at high altitude.

Black Sky

Yes, in this digital age, the red filter was applied in post-processing.  But the effect was no different than 20 years ago, putting that same red filter over the lens and burning through roll after roll of B&W film.

And the occasional roll of color slide film too.

Just for fun.

Ponte Pietra

Goddess and I sure enjoyed watching the sun set over Verona.

Ponte Pietra

What’s not to enjoy about seeing a bridge originally built in 100 BC?


That’s exactly what happened here.

I loved the lines and saw the perfect portal with which to frame the far merlon.  Everything lined up perfectly and I was happy.

I had no idea there was a flock of pigeons sitting there.

But something spooked them.

And this picture is so much better for it.


Castelvecchio, Verona, Italy.

Floral Wheel

I loves me some bikes.

All shapes and sizes.

All types and purposes.

They can be beautiful works of art.

I’m sure owner of the beauty kept a close eye on me.  Even though it was locked.

But it could have been better.


Although the wicker basket was amazing!

Bamberg, Germany.

Wintertime Gloom

Winter hasn’t even started and folks are already complaining, whether it be too cold, too dark (we get only 8 hours between sunrise and sunset here right now), or too depressing.

Honestly, it’s a viewpoint I have never understood. You can’t control it, so it’s better to adapt to it.

But that doesn’t mean that I can’t try to understand.

Goddess and I enjoyed a Weinachtsmarkt today.  A wonderful classic German town called Bad Wimpfen, with history going back to the Neolithic times, although it’s been settled since the first century AD (yeah, I know about BCE.  Get over it).

The temperature was hovering just above freezing, which is perfectly fine.  That’s what they make clothes for.  But just as we had completed the rounds of the entire market, we felt the first raindrops.  Which increased in intensity.

So that’s the one weather situation that I will agree is the worst – just above freezing and raining.  Because once you get wet in that situation, it’s pert near impossible to warm up.  Luckily we were done, so we didn’t have to think hard about heading to the car.

On the way back to the car, we stopped in a small park which happened to be the old cemetery.  The park overlooked the Neckar River and the river valley below.  It would be a beautiful view, except it’s dominated by a very large industrial complex, complete with large steam stack.

With the snow on the ground, the rain falling, the bare trees and the factory in the background, I began to see.  I may not agree, but I saw.

And understood.

And had to capture the mood with my camera.

Exactly as visualized.

Five second exposure, hand held.