The biggest and most healthy I have ever seen. These are two plants.. the first is showing it's male reproductive parts, the second is showing it's huge female reproductive parts.
This was next to a ditch with a creek running through it on a closed logging road.
A baby yew tree growing on the closed road to the Dosewallips Ranger Station.
A bush or very small tree with flowers that at first looked like salmon berry but are too open for this early in the year. And this is a shrub, not a cane.
Growing at the side of a closed road that I hope NEVER re-opens. In a moist ditch if I recall correctly.
I guess this is the right species because the buds smell so nice.
growing on the side of a closed road to the Dosewallips Ranger Station.
The cyanobacteria on this peltigera have escaped and have started to colonize all over the top of parts of the lichen thallus.
The black dots are cyano bactereri that are in their staying in their place. The brown patches are where they escaped.
I think this is some sort of stonecrop but what species? This grows on the side of a dry cliff with some mosses that thrive in dry places.
It fell on the ground. I think these mostly only grow up high on trees and I only seem to find them on the ground.
I can't believe I forgot what these things are already. It has pits on the ventral surface of the thallus. It is not a lobaria, it just looks like one.
No costa makes this Neckera douglassii and not Metaneckera m.
Growing on a second growth Douglas-fir in the shade of big leaf maple trees. My friend says these are Hypnum spp.
Growing on soil over a rock in a wet ditch. This moss is flood tolerant.
I've never seen this much of this on one tree before. There were several large clumps of this. I could not see if it went all the way around the tree because the tree was growing on a cliff.
This moss is distinctive because it curls up when it is dry.
I only find this stuff in close proximinty to old growth. I never find it in the cites.
Wow so much of this in one spot. Every side of this big leaf maple tree had a different kind of moss on it. No moss does not just grow on the north side of trees.. but different moss grows on each side.
I think this is a deer skull. It was in the middle of the road, the lower jaw was missing. There was still a tiny bit of flesh or rot on the skull.
It has the teeth of an herbivore.
A baby Douglas-fir tree growing on the closed road to the Dosewallips Ranger Station.
Covered with Nekera moss growing along the Dosewallips river in spring.
A baby tree growing on the closed road to the Dosewallips Ranger Station.
A pure yellow one on the side of the closed road to the Dosewallips Ranger Station. The weather was mixed sun and shade.
It grows so much better in the Olympics than it does near the city.
I was at Triton Cove State park next to the Hood Canal. This bald eagle circled over my head a few times. I see there is more than one species of these and one species has the word washington in the name.
I thought that Letharia only grew East of the Cascades but I found it today on the Dosewallips river road. It was in an area that was burned about 4-5 years ago. It was on a dead Douglas-fir. There was a tall somewhat overhanging cliff nearby that might keep the area dry?