Ron Hanko

Ron Hanko

Posted on 08/18/2013


Photo taken on May  5, 2010


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wildflower
camas
camassia
quamash


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Common Camas

Common Camas
Camassia quamash was second only to salmon as a food source among the native Indian tribes of the northwest. In many case families had their own areas which were handed down from generation to generation, and the bulbs, the edible part of the plant, were vary carefully harvested with only the largest bulbs being taken. They are still sometimes eaten today, but the following warning applies: "Death camas (Zigadenus venenosus) canbe confused with edible camas bulbs and is toxic. Be sure of your identification of camas bulbs before eating them!"

Swetlana Hasenjäger, Judith, Barra1man (Leaving ), Shotaku and 6 other people have particularly liked this photo


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Ron Hanko
Ron Hanko
My wife has a picture of some sculptures of native women digging Camas bulbs along the Columbia River on her latest blog post.
quietnaturetrails.blogspot.com/2013/08/across-country-to-visit-neal.html
4 years ago.
Serge Daigneault
Serge Daigneault
Very nice image, bokeh and colours, Ron.

4 years ago. Edited 4 years ago.
Grasshopper56
Grasshopper56
Fabulous detail and colour

4 years ago.
Monica Meeneghan
Monica Meeneghan
Gorgeous colours. Interesting facts about this Camassia. I won't try eating our white one, Ron.
4 years ago.
Ron Hanko has replied to Monica Meeneghan
There are Camas with white flowers that are the same species as this. When in flower the deadly one can't be confused with this. It's when you are digging the bulbs that you have to be certain.
4 years ago.
Tess Mc Kenna
Tess Mc Kenna
4 years ago.
Nora Caracci VERY BUSY
Nora Caracci VERY BU…
very beautiful flower, superbly taken !
and such interesting notes, I saw your wife's pictures, my compliments !
4 years ago.
Don Sutherland
Don Sutherland
Very beautiful capture.
4 years ago.
Hellemor
Hellemor
It is so lovely. Wonderful colors and clarity.
4 years ago.
Shotaku
Shotaku
It's a gorgeous photo, and I had no idea the plant has such an interesting history.
4 years ago.
Barra1man (Leaving )
Barra1man (Leaving )
A terrific macro shot, Ron! Great color and detail. Interesting
information. I was not aware of the importance of this plant in
the native diet. Have a superb Sunday!
4 years ago.
Perlaroques
Perlaroques
4 years ago.
Fizgig
Fizgig
Beautiful!! Excellent capture, too =)

4 years ago.
Seecap-ture
Seecap-ture
Excellent!
4 years ago.
Isele (alias melolou)
Isele (alias melolou…
Great colors!
4 years ago.
Fizgig
Fizgig
4 years ago.
Swetlana Hasenjäger
Swetlana Hasenjäger
Beautiful Commom Camas !
4 years ago.
Swetlana Hasenjäger
Swetlana Hasenjäger
Hallo again !

4 years ago.
Evergreengirl
Evergreengirl
I think Camas is one of our most beautiful native plants. Seeing a field of it in bloom is a breathtaking sight. This is lovely shown off against that soft green background. Thanks for the link to your wife's blog - she's an accomplished photographer too!
4 years ago.
Kigelia58
Kigelia58
Lovely photo...interesting to learn about them...thank you!
4 years ago.