In forests farther north this flower has already bloomed and is wilting, so I found it interesting that the blooms were still healthy looking in this park.
I came across quite a few bracken ferns along the sides of the trail and growing amongst the other ferns in the valley and on the hillsides. They have a very slight alternating leaf pattern.
The ground was very moist in the park and occasionally there would be a small stream. The horsetails loved the area and were growing to heights above my hip in thick clusters.
The salmonberry bushes in Interlaken Park were extremely tall and towered way above my head. They were all full of large orange and red berries.
Interlaken Park had many tall Big Leaf maples. Most of them were covered in large carpets of moss, and this is a picture of one of the Big Leaf Maple's trunk.
This tiny mushroom had a flat top and a dark brown middle, with gills on top. It was growing in the moist earth of the forest floor.
This salamander was in an old storage shed. It did not move when approached for several minutes. It was a shiny maroon color.
This is a picture of moon snail eggs. The eggs are layed in a collar-like structure that resembles sand. There were a few moon snail collars on the beach today.
This tree was growing on campus and was a fairly young tree. It's bark was smooth with horizontal bumpy lines.
This red-winged blackbird was sitting in a tree alone. It would call out every once in a while in a call that to me sounded like a train-whistle with a slightly hoarse ending. Then it would make shord chirping noises frequently.
This bird's-foot trefoil was growing along the edge of the path that takes you out of the UBNA. It was in full bloom with brilliant yellow flowers in a unique crown-like design.
There was a male and a female mallard pruning their feathers by the edge of the pond. Every once in awhile a mother mallard duck would bring over her duckling to the shore.
There was a growth of bittersweet nightshade growing along the bank of the pond. It was in full flower, and the stems were a dark brown/purple.
This is a picture of a river otter footprint on the beach. The otter footprints led to the water away from the woods.
During low tide there was a spattering of sea lettuce across the beach. Sometimes the layers of sea lettuce can be quite thick, but this time it was quite a thin layer.
There were a couple of blooming rhododendron plants growing quite tall both along the side of the road and nestled in the forest. The colors of the blooms ranged from various pinks to light purples.
Along the beach right were the water meets the forest bank at high tide, lots of oceanspray shrubs are growing. The flowers are a browin color so I assume they have recently blossomed not too long ago but the blooms have gotten old.
This large twinberry bush was growing in the sunny field just outside of the old growth forest. It was blossoming yet and didn't show signs of the blossoms turning to berries just yet.
The tall oregon grape was growing on the edge of a steep embankment in the midst of the old growth forest. It was not blooming nor did it seem to have berries yet.
These plants have a very similar structure to the fringe cup and piggyback plant with the leaves toward the base of the plant perpendicular to the flowering stem that is tall and curves down at the top. These plants i saw growing in many areas of the forest including along the banks of the stream.
These medium height groundcover plants grew in many areas across the forest floor and interspersed with other groundcovers.
These tiny pinkish white flowers were growing in low patches along the edge of the pine-needle trail. The amount of leaves varied from plant to plant from two to five.
This tiny spider was moving around this sign post near the beginning of the waterfall trail by making small jerk-like jumps.
These water lilies were growing in the long pond bordering UBNA as well as in Lake Washington. These water lillies are invasive. They were not blooming as of yet.
I believe this is a black poplar tree. There were a few growing in the union bay natural area and were quite tall with branches that would shoot nearly straight up.
These turkey-tails were growing parallel to the ground along a log. They were not very large in size, and were spaced very close together.
Along the beginning of the trail there were several small oregon oak trees growing. Their leaves have a beautiful looping shape to them.
In the large grassy field before you enter the UBNA there were about ten swallows swooping near the ground. As I neared the swallows, they began circling me and dive-bombing close to my feet. As I moved, they continued their circling until I left their field area.
These forget-me-nots were growing in the water at the edge of the shore along the small pond that borders the start of UBNA.