Plant Biology Field Trip, 1st Summer Session:
This was the last little crawl that Lalita took us on which is a great little interpretive nature trail at the entrance to Ocean City State Park that runs along a swampy pond. This little section of the park has some older trees that have been lucky enough to slip past the one-way-ticket to the saw mill. Some of the species that were enjoying this little ecosystem with Peltigera memranacea included: Tsuga heterophylla, Pteridium aquilinum, Alnus rubra, Psuedotsuga menziesii, Rubus spectabilis, Acer macrophyllum, Porella navicularis, Kinderbergia oregana (in picture sharing the nursery log), Polystichum munitum, Amanita spissa, Rosa nootkana, Dicentra formosa, and Hylocomium splendens to name just a few of the plant species around.
Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus) male; Yellowstone River; 2012.05.12
Gray Jay's absent from most predictable locations. This one was foraging near a group of Mountain Bluebirds.
This is how the bears appear before sunrise. It's best to be in your vehicle at that time.
Rocky Mountain adult. Gray Jays plumage varies depending on location.
Photographed at Pelican Creek.