A luscious thicket of the infertile stems.
This was a fantastic sighting! These frogs haven't been spotted in the Sagehen basin for many years.
Walter and I both saw at least two frogs.
Like watercress, which it resembles, Cardamine grows in shallow, still water and sometimes produces a beautiful, tiny white flower.
Butterfly ID is hard for me! We have both Crescents and Checkers on the same flowers, but I'm pretty sure this is a Crescent...
Giant Red Paintbrush (Castilleja miniata)?
MAPS banding station.
These trees are becoming rare in the basin as fire is suppressed and evergreens advance.
Those that remain get abused by sapsuckers who damage the thin bark in order to attract nutritious insects.
Beautiful jewel beetle with shiny black raised patterns.
We've seen several this week and in past years. Their visits seem to be associated with fresh wood chips in the parking lot.
Lots of these little butterflies out mating and feasting on dandelions.
Swallowtails tend to be a bit uncommon at Sagehen. But this year, I saw dozens of these Pales puddling near the fishhouse.
I also saw several of the yellow Tiger Swallowtails.
Three small patches under the drip-line of pine trees in the dry meadow across the creek from the Lower Camp.
This invasive grass turns reddish-purple when the seeds are ripe. It's easy to pull out. Please do so, and throw the plants in the trash to prevent seed dispersal.
Brown morph, about 3-cm, cute :)
We don't see many frogs here at Sagehen. When we do see Chorus Frogs, they always seem to be in rather dry and frog-unfriendly places like Wyethia meadows, a highway undercrossing, or under my door stoop, like this one.
There are two species here at Sagehen: D. rotundifolia, and D. anglica.
They were just emerging on this date, about the diameter of a dime. They'll get about as big as a silver dollar.