White mushroom, stipe thick, hollow, fibrous, slight sweet/anise smell. Growing near ditch of gravel mountain road nearby smaller puffball mushrooms. Douglas fir forest
Poor Salamanders, with no snow in the Olympics there is no spring melt and their bog is drying out. These eggs were left high and dry.
I'm sure these are Ambystoma gracile. There were some tadpoles with legs in what is left of the water. I put about two liters of river water back into the hole, but not knowing if intervention would help or hurt I was afraid to do more than that. These eggs looked like there were no embryos in them but the week before they were very much alive.
The second picture was taken two weeks earlier and shows the same egg with water. I did scoot some of the eggs down to the water.
Streambank, typical mint look, Kan e shaped with 5 in a group, very brown reddish hairy stem, hairy leaves under , bitter cocoa scent,
Slug eating the Carpocephala.
It was underwater but only temporarily I think.
My first time finding this granite lover.
Bluish-green in color, Short to long, upright and occur in mats. Leaves are short, with reddish bristle-point.
perennial, aromatic, with rhizomes, fern like leaves, stalked below and stalkless above, alternate, pinnately dissected
flowers ray like, very small in bunches, white to pinkish, disk flowers cream colored, bracts dry and overlapping in series. flat or round topped flower cluster
on dry to moist, well drained open sites, meadows, roadsides clearings
stand of Douglas fir, Olympic National Forest, Staircase
large tree, branches spreading to drooping, bark thick, fluted, ridged and dark brown
needle leaves flat, yellowish green, sharp pointed tips, grooved on upper surface, 2 white bands of stomata on underside, spirally arranged.
pollen cones small, reddish browns, seed cones hanging, oval reddish brown to grey, bracts 3 forked and extend beyond scales.
large leaf lichen, lobes broad, olive green , dark, brownish, orange tooth like fruiting bodies on raised lobes, lower surface whitish,
on rock, moss, soil and longs in shady forests