A collection of flora from the pacific wonderland.

Mountain Ash aka Rowanberry (Sorbus sitchensis)

Near Elk Meadow, Mt. Hood N.W.A., OR, 7/2012.

Technically a tree, this seems more like a shrub at higher elevations.  Its red berries (or sometimes yellow, as shown below) are a favorite of the varied thrush.

Stehekin River, North Cascades N.P., WA, 8/2012.

The Rowan (from the Nordic rune meaning ‘magic’) tree and its berries were thought by the Celts to be magical and used to ward off evil spirits.

One response

  1. Mom

    Tara, we had a mountain ash in our back yard in Okemos – do you remember it ? It was loaded with beautiful red berries in the fall – seems like certain birds liked those berries. It was a colorful tree. We don’t see these trees in Indiana.

    August 5, 2012 at 2:31 pm

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