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Bumble bees Genus Bombus

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bluehoneysugar

Date

June 2, 2012

Description

At the center of photo, the blurry black object is the bee about to land on the white flower. It was quite large, and I'm not so sure if it was a bumblebee after all - there were two or three bees wandering around this shrub. I'm not quite sure if solitary bees could be found in threesome.

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Eastern Gray Squirrel Sciurus carolinensis

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bluehoneysugar

Date

May 13, 2012

Description

All over campus. Fascinating how these guys do not hibernate.

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turkish towel Chondracanthus exasperatus

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bluehoneysugar

Date

June 2, 2012

Description

Turkish towels are red when young but fades to yellow and white - so the washed up turkish towels are usually yellow-white. They have bumps that give them a rubbery feeling. The gravel beach of Lincoln Park had lots of this and wakame.

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wakame Undaria pinnatifida

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bluehoneysugar

Date

June 2, 2012

Description

I'm so sorry, I forgot to take photos of these seaweeds. But its the typical seaweed you would imagine, dark green and smooth. Wakame is crucial for Japanese cuisine.

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bluehoneysugar

Date

May 26, 2012

Description

Is this azalea as well?

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mushroom

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bluehoneysugar

Date

May 24, 2012

Description

A mushroom that is quite common in Puget Sound but that has a Japanese origin. The umbrella only remains open for 24 hours and then vanishes.

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bluehoneysugar

Date

May 26, 2012

Description

A dry, deciduous shrub with white flowers like mock orange. A bee very attracted to the flower. I believe this shrub was only about 5ft.

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evergreen huckleberry Vaccinium ovatum

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bluehoneysugar

Date

May 26, 2012

Description

Grows one of the most delicious fruits that become tastier in colder weather.

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salal Gaultheria shallon

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bluehoneysugar

Date

May 26, 2012

Description

Salal is one of the most common plant species that has pink flowers a little dangling.

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bluehoneysugar

Date

May 22, 2012

Description

Looks like salad.

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bluehoneysugar

Date

May 22, 2012

Description

Its scientific name is Daphniphyllum macropodum. Its Japanese name is yuzuri-ha.

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beavers Family Castoridae

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bluehoneysugar

Date

May 16, 2012

Description

It was my first time seeing a beaver! At the very edge of the parking lot across the bridge walking from the university campus, it came on land to get a piece of wood to use in its dam. A big black object with furs wet and stuck to its body, it carried a pretty large chunk of wood, one that was maybe twice as large as its body. There were other woods around, but seeing that it came up quite a way on land, it seems to pick and choose appropriate logs for its nest.

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bluehoneysugar

Date

May 26, 2012

Description

Extensive layer of moss that covered a tree like a sheet of green fluffy cushion. You would find some brown and white with green, which I don't know are colors of different moss.

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ladybird beetles Family Coccinellidae

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bluehoneysugar

Date

May 26, 2012

Description

I couldn't get a good look at this one because he flew away just as soon as I took this photo. Lady bugs in my opinion are one of the easiest to take a photo - because they don't move as much and because they have distinctive red bodies.

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Cowslip Primula veris

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bluehoneysugar

Date

May 22, 2012

Description

Often found in marshes and ditches.

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bluehoneysugar

Date

May 22, 2012

Description

Also called indian physic. Have a cool, sharp looking leaves. A herb, not sure whether native to Puget Sound or even North America, but it is good to study them as well.

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Utah serviceberry Amelanchier utahensis

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bluehoneysugar

Date

May 22, 2012

Description

Some of the berries could be difficult to identify without flowers or berries.

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bluehoneysugar

Date

May 22, 2012
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Lichen Kingdom Fungi

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bluehoneysugar

Date

May 16, 2012

Description

Interesting linear alignment of what I believe to be a lichen. They seem puffy but are pretty hard and must be really pollution tolerant.

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Rock Dove (Columba livia) Columba livia

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bluehoneysugar

Date

May 22, 2012

Description

I like the colors on their feathers.

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red alder Alnus rubra

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bluehoneysugar

Date

May 26, 2012

Description

Red alder is an early succession species and they are very good at growing in steep hills and bare land. In places like the UW arboretum, you would find this tree near water.

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Mallard Anas platyrhynchos

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bluehoneysugar

Date

May 26, 2012

Description

I believe they were a pair of a female and a child mallard, or just two female mallards. They were taking a nap on the grass field next to a road, so I assumed that they were accustomed to cars. Even then, when I walked up close they lifted their head, so I backed off since I know how annoying it is to be awaken unnecessarily. Glad that I saw them sleeping again on my way back.

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dwarf resin birch Betula glandulosa

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bluehoneysugar

Date

May 26, 2012

Description

I am assuming that a dwarf birch and dwarf resin birch are the same species.

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black cottonwood Populus trichocarpa

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bluehoneysugar

Date

May 26, 2012

Description

Cottonwoods like to grow near water. On the other side of this tree you could see the legacy of beavers carving out its bark.

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Common Snowberry Symphoricarpos albus

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bluehoneysugar

Date

May 26, 2012

Description

Just simple opposite leaves when the berries are not there. Snowberries look like white chocolate that look delicious (to me) but in fact a little poisonous and not tasty at all. The berries linger on through mid winter after all leaves are gone, so you would see bare branches with white berries dangling.

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burdock (Genus Arctium) Genus Arctium

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bluehoneysugar

Date

May 26, 2012

Description

A big leaf growing near the root of an alnus tree. So the leaves have white seeds and flowers that has fallen from the tree. I wonder if this shrub and the alnus tree are in a symbiotic relationship.

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Eastern Redbud Cercis canadensis

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bluehoneysugar

Date

May 26, 2012

Description

I... got bothered because the tree was not red at all.

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Dicots Class Magnoliopsida

Observer

bluehoneysugar

Date

May 26, 2012

Description

I go by the name kinnikinnick. They have alternating small leaves with red berries for most of the year, even though they surprised me because they were white right now.

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shore pine Pinus contorta ssp. contorta

Observer

bluehoneysugar

Date

May 26, 2012

Description

Also called lodgepole pine, had 3 needles per fascicle.

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Almez Genus Celtis

Observer

bluehoneysugar

Date

May 26, 2012

Description

Although names sugarberry, it is a completely different species than huckleberry or salmonberry. Whereas salmonberry is a shrub, sugarberry is a tree.

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