Audubon's Yellow-rumped Warbler, Setophaga coronata auduboni (J.K. Townsend, 1837), YRWA. Adult male, breeding plumage. Mount Saint Helens National Volcanic Monument, Hummocks Trail # 229 (WA-14-26D), Skamania Co., Washington, USA. Photo by David L. Govoni ©2014.
Two individuals were observed on the trail from the picnic area to the boatramp at Coldwater Lake.
This was probably the most abundant wildflower on the scoured ridgetop around the observatory.
Quite a few of these conspicuous, day-flying geometrids were flitting about along the hiking trail. I probably saw about 10 in just a 0.25 mi hike, but they were difficult to photograph.
About three of these checkerspots were seen along the trail on the NW side of the lake.
Mountain white-crowned sparrow
Growing on exposed Pinus contorta root. On lava flows in Gifford Pinchot National Forest.
Chirpy little bird, not sure where to start identifying it. Found along Lakes Trail of Coldwater Lake near Mt. St Helens. Flew off immediately after the picture with a bunch of its buds, but the rest didn't seem so ruffled.
Unsure of this plant, looks like a red dull oregon grape, but I am not sure. Found in a dry, dusty environment along the edge of Coldwater Lake.
A good shot of a butterfly seen along the Lakes Trail near Mt. St Helens Washington. The area is very dry, with the ground being a brown sandy dirt color, a seemingly fitting environment for a butterfly of this coloring.
A collection of Filamentous algae in a small pond along the Hummocks Trail near Mt. St Helens.
Seen around the Hummocks Trial near Coldwater Lake, created by Mt. St. Helen's in 1980. After hearing a loud splash, I turned around to see the beaver in the distance swimming just offshore. It did not get out of the water in a place visible to me, so the only picture is distant and the details of the species are vague, but it was hefty and my guess is American Beaver.
Spotted swimming in a small pond alongside the Hummocks Trail near Coldwater Lake, off the Spirit Lake Highway. According to information signs from the trail, it is a relatively common species in the area, along with Pacific Tree Frogs.