Tag: hiking

Indian Pipe

Indian Pipe is a Parasitic Plant of Trees and Fungus

On a recent hike along Pamil­ia Creek, I came across this clump of Indi­an Pipe grow­ing under a dense stand of large Dou­glas fir.  It caught my eye, because even though it’s a herba­ceous plant, it looks more like a fun­gus. In fact, I always assumed Indi­an Pipe, like many fun­gi, lived off of the…
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Devil's Club

Devil’s Club Decorates Old Growth Forests in Late Summer

Dev­il’s club or dev­il’s walk­ing stick is a large shrub native to the cool moist conifer forests.  It is found from  Alas­ka to west­ern Ore­gon and east­ward to west­ern Alber­ta and Mon­tana. This native shrub always catch­es my eye in the late sum­mer.  Those clus­ters of showy red berries remind me of Christ­mas.   I’ve…
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Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge

Anke­ny Nation­al Wildlife Refuge is part of the San­ti­am Riv­er water­shed, lying just below the con­flu­ence where the North and South San­ti­am rivers join.  It encom­pass­es about 2,800 acres of flat to gen­tly rolling land near the con­flu­ence of the Willamette and San­ti­am rivers south of Salem, Ore­gon. Anke­ny Refuge was cre­at­ed to pro­vide vital…
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