for context, please see daily account for Carkeek Park on 5/8. i saw several snowberry plants in the riparian area along the trail i was walking on. other common plants in the understory were salmonberry and largeleaf avens. it was not fruiting or flowering at this time.
for context, please see daily account for Carkeek Park on 5/8. walking along a trail at the park, i came across a tree trunk that had been attacked by what i assumed to be termites. the bark and innards of the tree were ripped apart unevenly mostly at the base but also in patches a few feet up from it, and piles of essentially sawdust and woodchips were piled up at the bottom. some research told me that most pest species of subterranean termites in North America belong to the endemic genus Reticulitermes, so that is the classification i put on this post.
for context, please see daily account for Carkeek Park on 4/8. the largeleaf avens was an extremely common plant in the understory of the areas i was walking around the park. there was also a lot of stinky bob and what i think was bracken fern (and maybe some lady fern) characterizing the understory as well. the largeleaf avens was not flowering at this time.
for context, see Daily Account on 4/8 for Carkeek Park. i saw this tree coming out of a grassy area and walking towards the beginning of the trail i had started. because i can see that each of the needles are bundled in pairs of two, i identified the tree as a lodgepole pine, but there are other aspects i am uncertain about and so would love other opinions. for instance, i'm not sure if these needles count as being contorted/twisted, as expected. also, i did not see any female cones, and the male cones don't seem to be as abundantly bunched together as i see in other pictures for lodgepole pines.
for context, see Daily Account on 4/8 for Carkeek Park. i see this fern commonly in Seattle, and it was present in a good deal of the understory at carkeek park. it is a much feathery fern than the others i have identified (swordfern, which was also present here in large quantities- more so than the lady fern, licorice fern- which i saw a few of, and deer fern, which i did not see here).
for context, see Daily Account on 4/8 for Carkeek Park. while hiking on the southern end of the park adjacent to the beach, i found a fatty Pacific banana slug in the middle of the trail. there was a lot of shiny slime around where it was sitting, but i don't know how long it had been there.
for context, see Daily Account on 4/8 for Carkeek Park. a distinctive feature of this fern is that stalks come out individually- not attached to a central source. also, the leaves are all connected. i mostly spotted these coming out of trees, though i did not note what kind of trees.