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Spring is Here!
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Copyright: Lori Cannon (LCannon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 374 W: 137 N: 804] (3107)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-03
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Kodak Easyshare LS753
Exposure: f/4.8, 1/350 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-04-05 13:01
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Points: 6
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I found this Balsamroot flower at the Mosier Twin Tunnels overlook. It was on the side of the fence I could get down on the ground and get a better shot. I posted one looking over the fence on TrekEarth just yesterday that shows this plants native environment if you're interested.

The Balsamroots Found in the Columbia River Gorge
can be difficult to distinguish from one another. Characteristics which help key them out may not always work on all plants of a population. These three different kinds are found here:

1. Carey's Balsamroot: Balsamorhiza careyana - Arrowhead-like or large heart-like leaves are shiny green and nearly hairless (They often feel somewhat resinous to the touch, although I don't know if this is a good characteristic to use to distinguish this from northwest balsamroot.). Plants to 3 feet tall. One to three flower heads per stem. Plants are found further east and the flowerheads are smaller than the next species.

2. Northwest Balsamroot: Balsamhoriza deltoidea - Arrowhead-like leaves have partly toothed margins and are green and nearly hairless. Plants to 3 feet tall. This balsamroot is a native from west of the Cascades and evidently extends as far eastward as Biggs, OR.

3. Arrow-leaf Balsamroot: Balsamhoriza sagittata - Flowers and arrowhead leaves somewhat woolly or velvety. Leaf margins entire (smooth). Flowers large (to 4 inches wide) and yellow. Plants to 2 feet tall.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2007-04-05 17:37]

Hi Lori, this is an interesting flower. It looks like a sunflower, but is definitely not.
You'll be pleased that summer is on teh way! It's beginning to cool down a bit here.
Have a happy Easter

Preciosos detalles y bello el color de esta gran flor.Una nota bastante interesante Lori.
Un cordial saludo desde Gran Canaria.
Juan Luis.

Hi Lori,

Somehow I have missed your recent posts. I can see we need to get up to the gorge to see the wildflowers. The weather has so changeable lately it is hard to make plans. This is a great shot. I like the crop. The sharpness and color is so good.

Evelynn : )

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