Out to Finley Refuge about ten miles north of Monroe, Oregon, USA where we find the Oregon Wild Iris. The hillsides are covered with the beauty of this fantastic flower. This picture is a seven shot overlay using one layer of HDR for contrast. Used the DMC L-10
Tough leaf iris (Oregon iris) Iris tenax
Range: Common and widespread in most of western Oregon and southern Washington west of the Cascade Mountains. There is a separate race in the Klamath Mountains of northern California. Original material: seeds sent to England by explorer-naturalist David Douglas 1825
Key identifying features:
1. Floral tube between ovary and petals stout and short (about ¼ inch)
2. Narrow spathes separate, leaving ovary exposed
3. Style crests short and rounded
4. Plants form dense, compact clumps with narrow, light green leaves growing taller than the numerous flower stalks
5. Stalks usually bear single flowers, occasionally two
Flower color: Wide color range from purple and lavender to white, cream and yellow.
Habitat: Open or lightly shaded sites in open oak woodlands; unusual in coniferous forests unless they have been logged over.
Picture taken by Charles Harkins