A patch of red clover on the less dense side of my location at Discovery park for our final. Red clovers do have those distinctive dark pink flower but there was none with this batch of red clover.
In the less dense areas of my location at Discovery park it consisted of mostly of various grass type such as the quack grass, and also fields covered with clovers as well. Apologies, I don't know why my photos are sideways.
Tall, skinny trees with branches extending almost vertically into the air. Observed at Discovery Park. Sorry I couldn't rotate the picture.
See sketch in yellow notebook for more details.
Field bindweed also common known as "morning glory" spotted at the Washington Park Arboretum. Though it may be aesthetically pleasing the morning glory is a very common invasive species in many places.
A few big leaf maples around the location of my final at Discovery park. About average height and I also noted that the big leaf maples were only found on one side of my location, heavily covered with sword ferns while the other side was more of an open area with very few trees and mainly grass.
A female white-tailed deer in the backyard of my cousins house. Though there is a natural forest behind these houses I was told many of the deer are comfortable with the people because they feed them so much.
A patch of turkey tail mushrooms found on a fallen log at Ravenna Park. I was on my way to a friends house near Ravenna park and decided to take a walk through it to do some natural history. The patch on the top seems to be old and dying compared to the patch of mushrooms on the bottom who are brighter in a sense of color.
Common gull (seagull) observed walking in the grass at the quad (UW) eating what ever it can find in the grass. This gull was very timid compared to the other gulls who seem to very some what comfortable around people.
Some wild lupins found at my final location at discovery park. I noticed that the lupin in the area were typically in open fields probably so that they can take in as much sunlight and rain, instead of being in a heavily forested area where larger plants could dominate over them. About 2-3 ft in height.
Crow observed near Drumheller fountain at the University of Washington perched on the back of a truck. This crow was observed flying around this area, and was most likely scouting out for food near the garbage can where it can rummage for food.
Bracken fern observed by Suzallo Library at the University of Washington. This fern seems fairly young and hasn't developed all of its foliage.
Ginkgo tree found near Drumheller fountain at the University of Washington. It was brought to my attention by the trees group of our student led class tour. The one pictured was about 25 ft high, with a very unique leaf that is fan shaped. It was noted that the ginkgo leafs were used as medicine and also tea.
A beekeeper at the UW farm is checking up on the UW honey bee hives. The bees at the farm are used for numerous studies and project, such as an urban pollination project. The honey bees are fairly mild and did not seem to bee aggressive even as I got closer. However I was told that if I got too close to their hive/nest they may get a bit defensive.
Hobo spider found inside my house near the University of Washington campus. I originally thought it was a brown recluse spider, but if you look closely this spider has too short of legs to be a brown recluse, so the next best identification for this spider was the hobo spider which was actually introduced in the pacific northwest by the Europeans.
Hypochaeris Radicata found by the street side on 11th Ave NE on my walk home after a day of class. Initially I immediately assumed that this was dandelion, but after some helpful comments and further inspection, I decided it was Hypochaeris, or commonly known as false dandelion or catsear. Some features that helped me decide that this was false dandelion has the fuzzy base leafs, and also the "non-waxy" stem.
On memorial weekend I went back down home to Olympia and I live right next to the Grass Lake Nature Park and there is a small patch of the park right next to my neighborhood which is just a small forested area, but has has been fragmented due to the road built there and also a part of my neighborhood. This plant had a minted aroma, that's not too strong unless up close. The mountain mint was found in patches sort of in a bush-like form off of the trail at Grass Lake Nature Park.
Canada goldenrod spotted in the Medicinal garden at the University of Washington. After further research the plant observed at the medicinal garden doesn't seem like a Canada goldenrod at first, but this plant is apparently young and hasn't developed its flowers yet.
Wax current observed at the Grass Lake Nature park. The leaves on the wax current are slightly rounded and are jagged on the edged (but not sharp). About a meter in height and the stem of the currant was also fuzzy.
Garrya observed near Grass Lake at the Grass lake Nature park in Olympia. Garrya (commonly known as the silk tassel) is a shrub like plant and this one was a little over a meter tall.
Cedar Waxwing observed in the Union Bay Natural Area during the birds tour. It was perched on the tree pictured with this observation, and I could see that the bird was a brownish-grey mix and had a very distinct yellow end near the tip of its tail, as well as a yellowish underside.
Numerous Barn Swallows found near a small pond in the Union Bay Natural Area. The Barn Swallows are small and difficult to capture on camera, but it was observed that the Barn Swallows here were near this particular water body for drinking water and also the fly around and feed on the numerous insects in the air.
Found on top of a wooden fence on the fungi tour at the Union Bay Natural area. Dacrymyces stillatus is also known as the Common Jellyspot mushroom with body of 1–5mm across. It is gelatinous, and orange-yellow and it was said that it becomes darker and wrinkled with age. Non edible mushroom.
An English elm observed during the trees tour on the roadside of Stevens Way at the University of Washington. It is a broadleaf, deciduous tree with dark green leafs, and is a tree primarily used for its sturdy timber.
Horse-chestnut spotted near Rainier Vista at the University of Washington. A deciduous tree with fairly large leafs and have these flowers which are white mixed with a little bit of red, and also have these spiky balls which have the seeds in them.
Pleated inkcap or Japanese parasol observed at the Union Bay Natural area during the fungi tour. The pleated inkcap has a very thin structure, the cap only being about 2-3 cm in diameter. The gills are easily noticeable, and the color formation of the mushroom is mostly greyish-brown, with a darker brown in the center.
Western red cedar observed near a small forested area near Rainier vista at the University of Washington. The western red cedar was easily identifiable with its dark red bark, and also the fact that many cones are drop near its base gives it an indication that it's a coniferous tree, and also helps people narrow down there options when trying to identify the tree.
Giant sequoia introduced during the trees tour. The giant sequoia has a very rich dark red bark color, much like the western red cedar. Although, unlike the western red cedar the bark on the sequoia is actually somewhat soft and would not make very good lumber. The large girth of the tree trunk is also a characteristic that can be used to help identify the giant sequoia.
Observed during the forbs/wildflower tour at the Union Bay natural area. The common vetch is a small forb that is actually used as a nitrogen fixing plant. There are many scattered throughout UBNA near the trails, but is actually considered a weed rather than a flower.
A single camas was observed during the forbs/wildflower tour. It was found off of the trail by a fellow classmate at the Union Bay Natural area. The flower of the camas observed was a light blue, and the stem of the plant was very thin. It blends very well with the grass, besides the flower, and was noted that it is sometimes confused with the death camas, a highly poisonous plant.