The tracks of a swan. I am not completely certain whether is the Trumpeter or Tundra, since both species visit this valley in the winter time.
Large tracks of an elk. The coin in the photo is a nickel.
The herd found here belongs to the introduced Rocky Mountain subspecies.
Tracks of a rattus species, most likely black rat.
Clear tracks of a deer mouse. There are 2 species in the area.
Green spiked capsule, relatively sharp spines on bract. Pink disk flowers. Growing on side of road at mailbox peak near snoquailme.
Seen while hiking Mt. Si last summer.
Starting to bloom
Just starting to bloom
On bigleaf maple
Observed saplings where bucks had scraped antlers
Observed scat along trail
On the summit of Mount Si, five or so of these gray jays flitting about brazenly looking to get some crumbs from hikers' snacks. After a clear morning, snow began blowing in, obscuring the view with low clouds -- but still beautiful!
Gray Jay and Haystack
We had a great after work hike up Mount Si, the weather was a lot better than I thought it would be.
Moss Covered Vine Maple
One thing I like about living in Western Washington is that it is green, even in February