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Wild Hips

July 20th, 2009 No comments

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Wild rose bloom and hips, irrigation canal in background. June 2009.

“The rose hip and rose haw, is the pomaceous fruit of the rose plant, that typically is red-to-orange, but might be dark purple-to-black in some species. Rose hips of some species, especially Rosa canina (Dog Rose) and R. majalis, have been used as a source of Vitamin C. Rose hips are commonly used as a herbal tea, often blended with hibiscus and as an oil. They can also be used to make jam, jelly, marmalade and wine. Rose hip soup, “nyponsoppa,” is especially popular in Sweden. Rhodomel, a type of mead, is made with rose hips.” Source: Wikipedia: Rose Hip.

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Fossil Butte National Monument

July 17th, 2009 No comments

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“Some of the world’s best preserved fossils are found in the flat-topped ridges of southwestern Wyoming’s cold sagebrush desert. Fossilized fish, insects, plants, reptiles, birds, and mammals are exceptional for their abundance, variety, and detail of preservation. Most remarkable is the story they tell of ancient life in a sub-tropical landscape.” NPS.gov See also Wyoming Tourism Fossil Butte National Monument

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Office Chair

July 16th, 2009 1 comment

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Horse drawn plough with comfy metal seat. I’ll never complain about my office chair again.

Crimson Columbine

July 15th, 2009 1 comment

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“Aquilegia formosa, sometimes called Crimson Columbine, Western Columbine or (ambiguously) “Red Columbine”, is a common and attractive wildflower native to western North America, from Alaska to Baja California, and eastward to Montana and Wyoming.” Source: Wikipedia Aquilegia formosa.

Oregon Lupine

July 14th, 2009 No comments

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Lupine blooms among field grass in Eastern Oregon. July 2009.

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Teasel Stand Sunset

July 13th, 2009 No comments

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A stand of Teasel near Benson Marina, Benson Utah May 2009.

Bear River Sunset

July 10th, 2009 No comments

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Sunflowers partially hide a sunset above the Bear River in Benson Utah. August 2008.

Towering Penstemon

July 9th, 2009 2 comments

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“There are about 250 different species of Penstemon in North America. The name means 5 stamens. These perennial plants have opposite leaves. The showy flowers can be found in blue, purple, red, pink or white, with blends of these colors and slightly resemble garden snapdragons. They occur in long colorful clusters near the top of an erect stem which grows up to 24 inches high.” Source: US Forest Service Brochure How to Know Wildflowers Near your Camp. I believe this variety is Wasatch Beardtongue.

Thistle King

July 8th, 2009 No comments

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Thistle King. Logan Utah June 2009.

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Indian Paintbrush Sunset

July 7th, 2009 2 comments

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“Castilleja, commonly known as Indian paintbrush or Prairie-fire, is a genus of about 200 species of annual and perennial herbaceous plants native to the west of the Americas from Alaska south to the Andes, as well as northeast Asia. These plants are classified in the family Orobanchaceae, They are hemiparasitic on the roots of grasses and forbs.” Wikipedia – Castilleja