My summer in the USA

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Steve Newall
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My summer in the USA

Arrived back in New Zealand last week after escaping our winter and enjoying a summer in the States . Actually , when I arrived in Oregon in early June it was hard to tell the difference as I was greeted by cool , cloudy and often rainy days . My first foray into the Siskiyous was almost entirely in the rain but the sun came out a month later for my second visit .My trusty camera had a meltdown on day 1 . I hadn't budgeted on replacing a camera so I bought the best Walmart had to offer . I could not afford to go to a real camera shop .Most of my time was spent in WA , OR , WY and CO . I managed to collect some seed for both the NARGS and the SCRGC seed exchanges and will post pictures later of plants that I collected from but am unusure of the names . Speaking of which , I still have a lot to learn about the US flora . So , please , if you see errors in the following posts , please let me know .Will post 30-40 pictures and spare you all from the other 700 . Unless , of course , you need to drift of to sleep . Then I could do a few more

Chinook Pass WA 21 June

Pulsatilla occidentalis

Trillium ovatum

Trillium ovatum ( faded ) and Achlys triphylla

Achlys triphylla

Lewisia tweedyi

Erythronium grandiflorum

Fritillaria pudica ( I think )

Iris sp . Roadside near Ellensburg Pass WA

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Sounds like my place

Lewisia rediviva with Shellrock Mountain

Campanula scabrella

Kayaking on the Rogue River OR . When I saw these guys I thought to myself there is no way I would do that . Little did I know what fate had in store for me

Smilacina racemosa

Iris innominata

Lewisia cotyledon purdyi in the Siskiyou mist

Asarum marmoratum

What the car looks like when 3 plant nuts spend a long weekend in southern Oregon

Balclutha , New Zealand

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The slugs are fairly big in the northwest . Please note that I was trying to blend in as a local with my Oregon Ducks flipflops

Sedum spathulifolium

Calochortus tolmiei on the OR-CA border

Cypripedium californicum

Lilium bolanderi

Xerophyllum tenax had a big flowering year

Lewisia leeana

Calyptridium umbellatum

Off to Wyoming for Aquilegia caerula

A pika . I have a stuffed toy pika that lives in my car . Hibernates over winter by the rev counter and spends the summer on the dash

Balclutha , New Zealand

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Last lot . Helianthella quinquenervis

Primula parryi

Caltha leptosepala

Sedum lanceolatum

Hymenoxys grandiflora

Rhodiola rhodantha and R . integrifolia

Phlox condensata

Claytonia megarrhiza

I've never been on a river in a kayak before so the Arkansas River was a new experience . Fortunately one I enjoyed and a great way to finish my trip . From Canon City I drove via Tucson to LAX where I returned my car and hopped on the plane home . When I fuelled the car in Tacna AZ last Wednesday it was 120 deg F . Now I am suffering from severe temperature withdrawal but todays sun and a high of 60 deg F is better . I really enjoyed my time in the USA with its friendly people and incredible scenery , animals and plants . CheersSteve

Balclutha , New Zealand

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Fantastic pictures Steve! You really got around and saw some great plants.  The field of Calyptridium is stunning.  Where was that?

David Sellars From the Wet Coast of British Columbia, Canada Feature your favourite hikes at: www.mountainflora.ca MountainFlora videos: http://www.youtube.com/user/MountainFlora

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So many beauties! (and great pics- your walmart camera did a great job!) I agree with David, the Calyptridium field is impressive, but they are all choice- I don't think anyone would complain if you gave us a round 2, or 3....

west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F; http://picasaweb.google.ca/cactuscactus  http://urbanehillbillycanada.blogspot.com/

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David wrote:

Fantastic pictures Steve! You really got around and saw some great plants.  The field of Calyptridium is stunning.  Where was that?

Thanks David . The Calyptridium field was one of the highlights for me . Also one of those OMG moments you sometimes get when out looking around . In the picture below the brown bare bit in the top center is the patch . The second picture is taken from the same spot as the original posting , but looking the other way . There was also a much smaller patch on the other side of the ridge which is where I collected some seed a month later for the seed exchange

Looking west to Dutchman's Peak from above FR 20 ( Mt.Ashland Road ) and the big brown bit

and even more Calyptridium

Balclutha , New Zealand

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cohan wrote:

So many beauties! (and great pics- your walmart camera did a great job!) I agree with David, the Calyptridium field is impressive, but they are all choice- I don't think anyone would complain if you gave us a round 2, or 3....

Thanks . I like my new camera but I'm still getting the hang of all its functions . I think I did a week or two with the auto focus function accidentally turned off . Typical . I will post some more next week to see if anybody can ID some plants for me

Balclutha , New Zealand

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Jandals wrote:

Looking west to Dutchman's Peak from above FR 20 ( Mt.Ashland Road ) and the big brown bitand even more Calyptridium

Wow!

west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F; http://picasaweb.google.ca/cactuscactus  http://urbanehillbillycanada.blogspot.com/

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cohan wrote:

So many beauties! (and great pics- your walmart camera did a great job!) I agree with David, the Calyptridium field is impressive, but they are all choice- I don't think anyone would complain if you gave us a round 2, or 3....

It is one problem though, I can't focus on my work!

Trond Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

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I'm on vacation  ;D Just waiting for a long enough break between thunderstorms to go outside to do some work..

west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F; http://picasaweb.google.ca/cactuscactus  http://urbanehillbillycanada.blogspot.com/

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