Very very bright and energetic pink/red flowers. The day was so sunny that there is a fierce reflection, but I think you could still observe that each flower has five petals and sit on top of leaves that shape a circle. Everything about this flower was pink, even the filaments. The shrub stood about 6-8ft tall since I had to look up, but the ground itself was elevated from where I was standing so realistically they are probably 3-6ft.
Found behind the Hall Health at the University of Washington campus, this is a plant species that covers the ground so extensively to not allow any soil to be seen from the top. The leaves have clear veins and staircase edges, and always seem to be in pairs that face the opposite directions.
Shaped like a clover but much larger, these leaves become so dominant to your eye when they are apparent. There are so many leaves that they do not allow bare soil to be seen from the top, similar to english ivy.
A flower with pinkish purple petals and white filaments. Pretty numerous in number in a shrub, these flowers have a radius larger than a ping pong ball but smaller than a baseball. The leaves are more or less the same size as their flowers and have a shape similar to suit of spades for a playing card. All leaves have a clear vein running in the middle and some leaves face opposite from their pair.
This 5-10ft shrub can be found at behind Smith Hall and in between Allen Library North Wing at the UW Seattle. They are growing in quite a shady area as giant sequoia and the surrounding buildings are blocking the sunlight. The leaves are quite large and flat, typical of a leaf that one might imagine. Very distinctive are the yellow spots on the leaves, although those spots I don't think are found all year around. The red berries began to emerge during spring time.
A very common but beautiful yellow dandelion. If anyone knows more specific details about this dandelion, please let me know.
Dandelions are often considered as weeds as they grow everywhere, in fact, there are bunch of mini dandelion farms along the Burke Gilman Trail near UW.
On the other hand, these cheerful flowers can be eaten or used for medicinal purposes, so could come in very handy at times. The pollination stage of dandelion is very distinctive, as individual seeds make a fluffy feature of the flower that gets blown by wind. As a kid, I played by blowing on those seeds to see who could blow all of the seeds the fastest.
The american robin could be found at the center of the first photo. From what I have experienced, these robins are very cautious of human presence and this occasion was the closest I was able to get to any robin. I think you could still see the distinctive orange belly, though. The weather this day was gorgeous, which gave me a chance to observe several robins hanging out in the line of trees next to the golf range. Although robins are everywhere, it surprised me how they can comfortably hang out next to a golf range and a major road.
The final photo clearly captures the orange belly of a robin resting on a wall. I am sorry that these photos are sideways.
For a guy who lacks the skill to take quality photos of plants, it is a tough mission to capture birds. This guy was particularly aware of my presence as he did the short interval chirps as his warning sign for his peers whenever I entered a certain rim of his territory. His normal voice is very mechanical with a song that sounds like "kur-reee." With a black body with a tint of red, I found him to be a red winged blackbird.
A little shriveled up osoberry, which I am more familiar with the name indian plum. White, beautiful, bracteate racemes flowers are probably the easiest feature to determine. But it also produces a black, olive-like fruit. Osoberry could get quite tall, taller than a human.
Again, I apologize for a very poor quality photo. I first identified this as the franchet's cotoneaster, or the orange cotoneaster because of the small red fruit. However, that identification was naive since many different types of cotoneasters look pretty similar. So I did some research and found that only one cotoneaster makes a hedge (I may be wrong), which is the cotoneaster lucidus, or hedge cotoneaster. (The photo is a fraction of a hedge)
This plant can be found at the edge of the U village along the 25th, where garden plants like tulips are lined up beautifully this season. I have been always wondering what this plant was because ironically the dullness of the plant stands out when lined with colorful garden flowers. The leaves are very dark even though it may not seem like it under the sun, while the branches are so dynamically oriented that they hide many of the red fruits.
I guess this plant is from China, so not quite native to the Pacific Northwest and are found a lot in distrubed low land areas.
A very beautiful tree.
Walking along a trail, I see a spider on a handrail. Although difficult to detect from the photo because of the reflection, the spider had a light brown colored body and possibly some white. He was probably the size of my pinky fingernail. I couldn't see if it was hairy or not but I would not be surprised if it had pretty impressive hair. I'm thinking it was a jumping spider, but could have been a wolf spider.
A Chinese native cherry blossom, known as karamizakura (唐実桜). Blooms earlier than many other type of cherry blossoms.
Far away and close up photos of beautiful cherry blossoms at their full bloom. Yoshino is the most common type of cherry blossoms with five pink white petals making up a corolla.
I think you got to just take my words on this photo.
A relaxed pair of canada geese. They look small in the photo, but quite large actually - probably around to the knees of an average adult.