Large shrub, to 2.5 m, growing in forested wetlands and riparian zone with Devil's club and skunk cabbage.
Aquatic plant in small, shallow lake in lowland Puget Sound region. Leaves are oval in outline and floating on the surface. Flowers are not yet open, but will be yellow. Our other native water lily (Nymphaea odorata) has nearly round leaves and white flowers.
This nest with 4 eggs was found among dry grass on a roadside bank. The bird flew without getting a good look, but I think it is a dark-eyed Junco nest.
Spreading ground cover found in moist soils in lowland Puget Sound forests. This is unusual for the lily family in having 4-parted flowers.
Also known as "bunchberry," this is an understory plant from low to mid elevations in the Puget Sound region. The western populations have been segregated from Cornus canadensis.
Spreading ground-cover, shade-loving, native to lowland Puget Sound forests. Typically found in moist soils.
Emergent aquatic flowering plant common name "bogbean." Typical of low elevation lakes with soft sediment bottoms in Puget Sound region.
Native coastal cutthroat trout in Cascades foothills lake. Ca. 25 cm in length; note uniform spotting pattern and orange coloration under gills.
Weed growing in shade under Douglas firs.
Spreading in shade under Douglas fir trees
Large evergreen shrub; in cultivation.
Tellima grandiflora is a common shade-loving herb in moist forests at low elevations in the Puget Sound region.
Photo tip: When taking close up photos of small subjects, like a flower, with a point and shoot camera or a smart phone, it is often difficult to get the subject in focus. A simple solution is to simply put your hand close behind the subject to help the camera focus in the right plane. Note the two photos of the flowers.
Great blue heron parts on the ground under the Heron rookery on campus at UW. Size 11.5 foot for scale.
Beautiful large clump growing in the native plant area of the Medicinal Herb Garden on the UW campus.
There were two pair of mallards on this little urban wetland/lake this morning. They were very friendly (and probably well fed).
Individual bird foraging on the ground in understory with other species (black-capped chickadee, spotted towhee).
Small birds foraging on the ground under open conifer forest.
Bird about the size of a robin foraging on the ground in open understory with shrubs.
Small birds foraging on the ground in small flock in understory.
These barnacles were growing on an old piling remaining from a long-abandoned pier and are exposed only at very low tides. The largest ones are roughly 5-6 cm in diameter at the base and about the same height.
English ivy in fruiting mode. When English ivy starts to grow upright (usually supported by a fence or a tree), physiological changes are triggered that result in different leaf morphology and flowering is induced. This is why you never see flowers or fruits when it spreads on the ground and also is why it should never be permitted to grow up on anything, so that it won't produce fruits to be dispersed by birds into new habitats.
Buddleja davidii is commonly planted in the Puget Sound region as an ornamental; it is originally from China. It is a fast growing, multi-stemmed shrub, with opposite leaves that are nearly white on the lower surface. Lavender flowers later in the summer attract butterflies. It has become an aggressive invasive in riparian habitats in the Puget Sound region.
Scot's Pine is native to northern Europe, but is planted commonly in North America. Two needles per fascicle and the orange colored bark are characteristic.
Bindweed emerging and starting to twine. This is an invasive European weed.
Acer macrophyllum in glorious full flower! Along Burke Gilman trail near foot bridge across Pacific.
Unknown pale yellow mushroom emerging from a rotting log in a wetland with salmon berry and western red cedar.
Fertile shoots of Equisetum telmateia just emerging from damp soil along trail. No sign of the vegetative shoots yet.
Western hemlock with last year's seed cones and this year's purple pollen cones.
Deciduous shrub ca. 1-2 meters tall, with thin new leaves and green stems. Flowers pendant below terminal branches.