For Suzanne

My dearest Suzanne could use some beautiful things right now. So I shall give her (and also you, dearest readers) some flowers and a sunset from Oregon, 2010, when Lockwood took us round to investigate the glories of Oregon geology for the very first time.

Sunset Sprig

I have no idea what this is, but it can be found on the coast near Devils Churn, and makes for a fantastic bit of brilliance against all the green foliage and black rock. Perhaps a more flora-savvy reader can enlighten us.

Yellow Delight

This, I think, might be an orchid, but I can’t run down an identification, so I don’t know. But I love it. It was sitting close to the beach at Devils Churn, nestled in the rocks, lovely as anything. I love finding things like this in unexpected places.

Sunset, Sea and Seabirds

On our way up the coast, seeking dinner, the sun set the sea afire, and so we pulled over in a convenient spot and chanced upon some spectacular photo ops. It’s not a patch on some of Suzanne’s sunset photos, but it’ll do for a finale.

I’ve got quite a few more flower photos I’ve not done anything with. Who else is in need of some flora to sweeten life a bit?


  1. Adrian says

    Hi from the UK

    I think the first one is Tritonia, previously Montbretia.
    The second is a Musk (Mimulus) flower, but I don’t have an
    American Flora so can’t identify the species. Both are popular garden flowers in the UK.

  2. Adrian says

    I think I’ve found the Musk, A not pretty common name of Blood-drop-emlets, Mimulus luteus. I don’t know if it goes by this name with you or not.

    May I just say how much I enjoy your geology blogging, thanks.

  3. says

    aw…. thanks dana. tis no fun being laid up with a fractured ankle *and* a fractured knee…. the eye candy is exactly what i needed *smooches*

    thank you so very much

  4. F says


    I just like the word emlets. Thanks for pointing out the name.

    blood-drop emlets
    a Chilean scrophulariaceous plant, Mimulus luteus, naturalized in central Europe, having red-spotted yellow flowers
    See also: monkey flower; musk .


    Wow. I just… wow. Best wishes.

    • Adrian says

      I’ve been trying to find out what an emlet is but having no luck. None of the on-line dictionaries have an entry. It sounds 18th century English.


      Nasty, I hope you get well soon.

    • Adrian says

      The orchid family is one of the largest, if not the largest, family of plants. It spreads over almost the entire globe, from the tropics to the Himalayas. In fact, the Himalayan area has the highest concentration of species anywhere.

      The Musk that Dana thought was an orchid is a different family , although the shape of the flower is meant to attract insect pollinators just like the orchids.

  5. Rumtopf says

    We have Tritonia in our garden :D (I just google image searched for Tritonia and so many awesome sea slugs came up along with the flowers, yay!)

  6. Achrachno says

    The “yellow delight” looks to be Mimulus guttatus, “seep monkeyflower” it’s sometimes called.
    A common native in western N America.