Wolf OR-7’s Journey in Photos From the Forest Floor

During the days we spent walking Wolf OR-7’s dispersal route, I found myself endlessly fascinated watching the landscape transform. Some transitions were stark, like exiting a tree line as we rode out of Malheur National Forest into the open expanses of the Harney Basin, a flat and sparse landscape. Other transitions were gradual, only noticeable over the course of a week. I tried paying attention to the changes in our scenery by focusing on all the small things surrounding us.

Here is a chronological selection of photos from those items I picked up along the way.

 

FeathersYellow Bells (Fritillaria pudica) an edible plant of the Zumwalt Prairie.

Dried flowers

Pine cone

Wolf Lichen, Letharia vulpina

Pine Strobili

Young Pine Needles

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Pine cone

Wild Strawberry, Fragaria virginiana

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Coyote scat, turned white by bacteria

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Leaf

Cedar wood

Wolf Lichen, Letharia vulpina

Pine needles

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Pine needles

Wood tick

Yellowjacket

Obsidian fragment

.22 shell

Tribulus terrestris, goathead thorn

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Dandelion, Taraxacum officinale

Small Camas, Quamash, Camassia quamash

Bulbous Buttercup, Ranunculus bulbosus

Collection of flowers within 5ft

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White Mule's Ears, Wyethia helianthoides

Leaves of Wild Strawberry, Fragaria virginiana

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Pine cone debris

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Sugar Pine Cone, Pinus lambertiana

Oak leaf

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Juniper

Shogun casing

Maple leaf

Yellow Goatsbeard, Tragopogon dubius

Yellow Goatsbeard, Tragopogon dubius

Yellow Goatsbeard, Tragopogon dubius

Lewis' Mock Orange

Yellow Goatsbeard, Tragopogon dubius

Indian Paintbrush, Castilleja sp.

Deer antler

Flowers all within 5 feet of each other

Western columbine, Aquilegia formosa

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Holly leaves