Saelon's Studio
Wildflower Photographs...

 

   

This is an ongoing photographic series intended to celebrate the beauty of native plant species and to encourage conservation of these species and their natural habitats.

Flowers, bugs, and critters all fascinate me, especially when they aren’t strangers. I like to make their acquaintance, to know a little about their family and where they came from. I like to be able to investigate their interactions with each other and with their environment. I like to see both their ugly parts and their beautiful parts. Native plants are my favorites. They often hide the most gorgeous little flowers you’ve ever seen in an otherwise unimposing plant.

I’m passionate about conservation of native species and native habitats. It’s a hopeless cause, I know, but trying our best will at least reduce the amount lost! In vast areas of the United States, we don’t even know what the vegetation was like before our ancestors movedin—the native plants have been long gone in most of our populatedareas. Humans

  bring along their favorite plants and animalswherever they go, for food and for enjoyment as well; weeds and pest animals frequently manage to tag along uninvited, and both the intentional and unintentional transplants have often competed fiercely with the native species for space and resources. This competition is made more critical by the rate at which natural habitat is being lost worldwide to human development. One response to these problems is to celebrate the beauty and diversity still to be found in native species of plants. Others are to learn to use some native plants in your garden and encourage the planting of native species on public lands, and to support conservation groups, be they local, national, or international. I work locally with the Friends of Buford Park & Mt. Pisgah, but also support the Native Plant Society of Oregon, the McKenzie River Trust, the Coast Fork Willamette Watershed Council, The Center for Biological Diversity, The Nature Conservancy, Natural Resources Defense Council, California Native Plant Society, The Wilderness Society, and Conservation International.

Viola nephrophylla
Viola nephrophylla
Phlox speciosa
Northern bog violet,
Viola nephrophylla
,

Fremont National Forest, OR
Phlox Speciosa,
Southwestern Oregon
Erythronium oregonum
Kalmiopsis leachiana
Aphyllon fasciculatum
Fawn Lily
Erythronium oregonum
,
Buford Park, Oregon
Kalmiopsis leachiana
Southwestern Oregon
Allium acuminatum
Allium geyeri
Allium amplectens
Geyer's Onion
Allium geyeri

Challis National Forest, ID
Anemone multifida
Anemone deltoidea
Johnny-Jump-Up
Cutleaf Anemone
Anemone multifida,

Yellowstone National Park
Calochortus argillosus
Calochortus venustus
Calochortus luteus

Clay Mariposa Lily
Calochortus argillosus,
Sierra Azul Open Space, CA

Butterfly Mariposa Lily
Calochortus venustus,
Rancho Canada del Oro Open Space, CA

Yellow Mariposa Lily,
Calochortus luteus,

Rancho Canada del Oro Open Space, CA
Calochortus leichtlinii
Calochortus amablis
Calochortus clavatus
Eremothera boothii subsp. intermedia
Berberis repens
Arnica cordifolia
Asclepias californica
Asclepias speciosa
Asclepias fascicularis
Arctostaphylous columbiana
Calycanthus occidentalis
Anisocarpus madiodes
Woodland madia
Anisocarpus madiodes

Sierra Azul Open Space, CA

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