Pucker Producer

Oxalis oregano (Redwood sorrel)

Edible plant of the day. Oxalis oregano (Redwood sorrel). Sometimes called false shamrock. This is the PNW native variety. It's the field green version of Sour Patch Kids, and few of these are sure to produce a pucker because of oxalic acid. They're a good source of vitamin C.  Remember that today, when you see a … Continue reading Pucker Producer

Skunk Cabbage at McGowan Creek

Lysichiton americanus along McGowan Creek, near where the McKenzie river meets the Willamette River.

Over Bridge and Under Fountain

Fountain at EWEB's River Edge Plaza

Peter DeFazio Bicycle Bridge Fountain at EWEB's River Edge Plaza My new bike set-up Sidalcea oregana (Oregon Checker Mallow) Aquilegia Formosa (Red Columbine )

Sand Dunes and Coastal Native Plants

Sand Dunes and Coastal Native Plants

Gaultheria shallon (Salal) native Rubus ursinus (Pacific Blackberry) native Achillea millefolium (Yarrow) native Maianthemum dilatatum (False Lily-of-The Valley) native Bracken fern (Pteridium aquilinum) native Blechnum spicant (Deer Fern) native Typha latifolia (Cattail) native   Digitalis purpurea (foxglove) native

Skunk Cabbage, and Cobra Lilies, and Man-eating Plants! Oh, my!

darlingtonia cobra lily, skunk cabbage, salal, deer fern, man eating plant

Our visit to Darlingtonia State Natural Site was the perfect supplement to Apologia's Exploring Creation with Botany Lesson #3 section about carnivorous plants.  This place happens to be the only Oregon State Park for the purpose of preserving a single species.  Darlingtonia californica (cobra lily) is very rare and the only carnivorous plant in Oregon. Lysichiton americanus (skunk cabbage) is a Pacific Northwest native plant that … Continue reading Skunk Cabbage, and Cobra Lilies, and Man-eating Plants! Oh, my!

Kidical Mass Fancy Pants (Tweed) Ride

Bikes at Kidical Mass Ride

I've been wanting to go on a Kidical Mass ride for about a year. My kids' have had activities with time conflicts each time. Last Saturday, it turned out that my oldest daughter got a ride to her function with a friend and the rest of us weren't going. It happened to be the day of … Continue reading Kidical Mass Fancy Pants (Tweed) Ride

Spring Wildflowers Along the Willamette River

Thimbleberry (Rubus parviflorus)

This is likely to become a series of posts about wildflowers. I'm very interested in our native plants, wildflowers and edible plants in particular.  These aren't all necessarily indigenous.  I'll be looking for other varieties, and hopefully I have a camera handy when I find them! Cow Parsnip (Heracleum maximum) This native plant towers above my daughter's head … Continue reading Spring Wildflowers Along the Willamette River

Picnic At Owen Rose Garden

Bike Picnic under Eugene Skinner's Cherry Tree

Owen Rose Garden is one of my family's favorite picnicking spots.  It's right along the River Bike Path and we pass it on so many trips.  It's just far enough out for us to make it the perfect location for a break on a long ride, or to be the turn-around destination for a shorter … Continue reading Picnic At Owen Rose Garden

Fern Ridge bike path and Fern Ridge Wildlife Area

Sunset at Fern Ridge Wildlife Refuge

I can't help looking forward to nice weather and summer days.  Here's a trip from last summer.  The whole ride was about 35 miles with a pretty steep climb both there and back and quite a bit of riding on really rough gravel.  This was the most difficult ride we've taken yet, and the kids … Continue reading Fern Ridge bike path and Fern Ridge Wildlife Area

Making Liquid Sunshine Lemonade

bike tires reflected in puddle

If the weather gives you lemons...  We've all been taking turns with a bug that has left us feeling under the weather.  Our energy is still a little drained and we are having a hard time jumping back into our normal routines.  I actually love the rain, but I woke up with a craving for sunshine, as if soaking … Continue reading Making Liquid Sunshine Lemonade