A good shot of a butterfly seen along the Lakes Trail near Mt. St Helens Washington. The area is very dry, with the ground being a brown sandy dirt color, a seemingly fitting environment for a butterfly of this coloring.
A collection of Filamentous algae in a small pond along the Hummocks Trail near Mt. St Helens.
Seen abundantly in the forest of the trail leading to the top of the Sediment Dam overlooking the Toutle River. Strange clover looking leaves that in some specimens be outward and others, primarily the less sunned individuals, would be bent at the trifold of the leaves.
Spotted here along the Silver Lake trail, although seen abundantly anywhere else this time of year in the Puget Sound Area.
Chirpy little bird, not sure where to start identifying it. Found along Lakes Trail of Coldwater Lake near Mt. St Helens. Flew off immediately after the picture with a bunch of its buds, but the rest didn't seem so ruffled.
Unsure of this plant, looks like a red dull oregon grape, but I am not sure. Found in a dry, dusty environment along the edge of Coldwater Lake.
Based off leaf characteristics I believe this is a Herb robert. Seen in a densely forested region along the Spirit Lake highway on the way up to the Toutle River Sediment Retention Dam.
Spotted swimming in a small pond alongside the Hummocks Trail near Coldwater Lake, off the Spirit Lake Highway. According to information signs from the trail, it is a relatively common species in the area, along with Pacific Tree Frogs.
Palmates coltsfoot according to Dr. Pojar, seen in the densely wooded area approaching the Toutle River Sediment Retention Dam off Spirit Lake Highway.
Seen around the Hummocks Trial near Coldwater Lake, created by Mt. St. Helen's in 1980. After hearing a loud splash, I turned around to see the beaver in the distance swimming just offshore. It did not get out of the water in a place visible to me, so the only picture is distant and the details of the species are vague, but it was hefty and my guess is American Beaver.