near Carnation, King Co., WA
28 May 1998
Larvae have round heads and tadpole like bodies. They spend their time at the surface of stagnant water in late spring and summer. They quickly sink to the bottom when disturbed or frightened.
Vine growing on a douglas fir on the edge of an open area. Sited also on a cottonwood nearby. Thick vines rooted from te ground climb up trunk of the tree. This one isn't flowering or producing leaves because we cut it last year because it was parasitizing the tree.
Tree species, growing in open area in western hemlock vegetation, somewhat riparian, tolt river nearby but downhill from habitat.
herbaceous forb, low to the ground <1ft. Flowering head resembles lupine a bit because of the vertical orientation and the number and colour of the flowers, its much smaller though. The flowers themselves are light purple with parallel markings leading to the pollen at the center. Leaves are wide and serrated.
Colony of black and yellow catterpillars with long hairs. Distinguishable because of their social behavior, and their nest in an alder tree. The nest resembles a white club with many black spots (feces), that is wrapped around a branch of the tree. In this case, the tree was an alder, which means the area needed to be open with almost full sun. The caterpillars construct many rooms inside the tent, which are carefully alligned to have varying relative temperatures. Some peoplle consider it a pest because they will eat the leaves of the tree.
Short deciduous tree species sited on the edge of an open area. Leaves are glabrous on upper side, with 10-15 pairs of lateral veins coming off a central vein. Round oval shaped leaves, finely serrated.
antennae are in the form of wide feathers. Wings are patterned brown, with black spots at the far corner of each of the fore wings, and a short, pale yellow line marking in the center of the forewings.
herbaceous forb, long skinny leaves with deeply lobed flacid spine-like edges
Roundly lobed leaves characteristic of oak trees. Grows on the edges of the old logging road, not inside the western hemlock vegetated forest because it is a pioneering tree species. Only native oak to Washington State's pacific northwest
very prickly all over, verticle trunk, with large spiny leaves. Will produce a bright pink flower that sits on top of a bulge in the stem that is covered in pricklers.
white spherical flower head comprised of individual flowers, not very densely packed together. Leaves are smooth and grouped in threes. herbaceous low growing plant.
Growing in a open area in fairly wet conditions
Common earthworm, Ecosystem functions include digenting organic matter in soil.
wildflower growing in open grassy area in western hemlock vegetation. skinny leaves with broad serrations growing off main stem.
Climbing broad leaved vine. Sited growing on a woddy shrub on the edge of an open area on an old logging road. Bunches of small orange trumpet shaped flowers on a stem that always includes a double sided leaf part midway along. The double sided leaf is best described as a leaf with no stem, but instead two tips, The stem grows through the middle.
Evergreen broadleaved tree, stiff prickly leaves with sharp pointed edges. Very recognizeable. This holly tree was probably over 20 ft tall. Sited just inwards of the edge of an open area.
Large pointed leaves stemming radially and oppositely from main stem, and then the tips of leaves droop downwards. Herbaceous plant gets to be over 6 feet tall with many moderately sized purple, bell shaped flowers that sit right of the main stem at the top of the plant. Leaves prominent at the base of the plant. Annual species.
Began flowering in carnation at around 450 ft elevation at the end of may
Weedy herbaceous plant, leaves grow close to the ground on single stems bunched at the root. Smooth leaves, with radial veins from base of leaf. Leaves often curl inwards as if beginning to fold near stem. Sited in open gravelled walkway, coming up through the gravel.
Invasive woody shrub with long pointed leaves, and long purple flower heads when in bloom, comprised of a collection of individual flowers. For most of the year old flower/seed heads remain on bush. Trunk can get to be several inches in diameter commonly. Grows in open areas and as early successional plant.
Shrubby plant, smooth rounded leaves, some of which can be cleaved, or pinch in once or twice, altering the leaf shape. Produces characteristic white, smooth, spherical berries.
Less deeply lobed leaves than big leaf maple. Also more nodules, that are lightly serrated. Large shrubby plant, extremely flexible trunks. Often shades out understory beneath it entirely, yet can grow underneath canopy of larger trees in western hemlock vegetation.
Distinguishable from dandelion because of wirey stem, and rounder leaves as opposed to the dandelion that has a hollow and brittle stem, and lions teeth serrated leaves. Also the leaves are furry instead of smooth like a dandelions
Another firely beetle. This one had four tan coloured markings on its abdomen, one in each section of its abdomen if separated as four sections of a rectangle. This is opposed to the other firefly species i saw which had two red almost parallel markings on its head, and whose back was all black.
Very nice white flower with 7 petals and small yellow stamens, geometrically arranged like a star. Distinguishable because the flower is on such a thin stem above the leaves that it appears to be floating, like a star.
Larval form of moth in the family Geometridae. A green caterpillar that has legs only at its fore and hind regions, lacking legs in the middle, which means it travels distictly by stretching out its upper body, then the back end catches up forming an arch of the middle of its body.
Yellow characteristic flower head. Flower closes when pollinated, then produces the grey seed head with floating seed cases. Distinguishable from teh very similar furry cats ear because of the leaf shape, which resembles the tooth line of a lions mouth, leaves are also smooth and not furry like furry cats ear. Also, furry cats ear has a much more wirey feeling stem, unlike the hollow and more brittle dandelion stem. both produce the bright yello flowers.
Looks like Himalayan blackberry, except for its distinguishable powder white coloured stem. Also it produces raspberries instead of blackberries, but easiest is the white stem colour.
Grows in similar open conditions to hinalayn blackberry. See journal entry from may 27 carnation.
Leaves come of branch in upright branches that can have two orders of compund leaf subdivision, and that are characterisitc and a distinguishable feature of elderberry. Also growing from the stem and leaf bunches are the flowers at the end of april. Flowers and flower stems are milky white, the flower head consists of a large collection of flowers that are pinnules (second order of subdivision) form main stem. The flower heads are almost spherical with protrusions coming off them of the same colour.