Here is a Dendragapus fuliginosus (Sooty Grouse) hen with one of her three chicks, standing in the gravel road on the way to Tunnel Creek. They then flew off into the forest. A couple of weeks ago we heard a male Sooty Grouse with its trumpeting call.
Not a great photo, but still exciting to see a Barred Owl fly past us and settle in a tree along the Tunnel Creek trail.
I noticed dozens of Lycopodium clavatum (Running Clubmoss) along the Tunnel Creek trail today. This was the densest patch I found.
I noticed quite a few Vaccinium parvifolium (Red Huckleberry) along the Tunnel Creek trail today. This bush had more berries than I've ever seen before!
Lots of Vaccinium membranaceum (Black Huckleberry) along the Tunnel Creek trail today, but unfortunately still tart.
These red mushrooms seem to be Russula emetica (Emetic Russula). They were found by the Tunnel Creek trail after a drizzle.
Here's a new mushroom for me, Gomphus floccosus (Scaly Chanterelle). I found two today along the Tunnel Creek trail, each about 4" high and wide, with a very thick stem.
Kind of bizarre looking, but I saw at least six patches of this slime mold today along the Tunnel Creek trail in the humid forest after a rain. I believe it's Fuligo septica (Dog Vomit aka Scrambled Egg Slime Mold).
A few Cornus unalaschkensis (Alaskan Bunchberries) were still in bloom today along the Tunnel Creek trail, but most were changing from green to orange berries.
I noticed this one Chimaphila umbellata (Western Prince's Pine) beside the moist Tunnel Creek trail.
We saw six species of ferns today on the Tunnel Creek trail. One of the most abundant was Gymnocarpium dryopteris (Oak Fern).
We saw six species of fern today on the Tunnel Creek trail. Here's Dryopteris expansa (Spiny Wood Fern), of which we only saw a few.
We found six ferns today on the Tunnel Creek trail. Many were Blechnum spicant (Deer Ferns).
We found six ferns on gthe Tunnel Creek trail today. Here's Athyrium filix-femina (Lady Fern), one of the most abundant.
Here's Adiantum pedatum (Maidenhair Fern), one of six ferns on the Tunnel Creek trail.
This 2" juvenile Coho Salmon was pointed out to me.
Lots of tall Digitalis purpurea (Common Foxglove) was growing by the gravel road. It's an introduced plant, now growing wild, quite lovely!
The bog had lots of soft Sphagnum capillifolium (Small Red Peat Moss, on this site Northern Peatmoss) growing under the Labrador Tea.
A native plant expert pointed out this beautiful Potentilla palustris (Marsh Cinquefoil) growing in the bog.
The far end of Devils Lake had many bushes of Ledum groenlandicum (Labrador Tea) growing in the bog. Apparently it can be used for tea.
This stand of Oplopanax horridus (Devil’s Club) had some fading blooms.
These two little Dicentra formosa (Pacific Bleeding Hearts) were the only ones I saw today.
The flower of the Nuphar polysepalum (Yellow Pond-lily, on this site Spatterdock) is quite spectacular, and about 3" across. There were many leaves in different parts of Devils Lake, but this was the best flower I saw.
This was the only example I saw today of Lycopodium clavatum (Running Clubmoss), just about a foot long, right by the trail.
I was told that Carex obnupta (Slough Sedge) is the most common sedge in our area.
This Carex echinata (Muricate aka Star Sedge) was identified by a native plant expert.
This is the second Campanula scouleri (Scouler’s Harebell) I've found in two days. I'd never seen it before yesterday.
This Vaccinium parvifolium (Red Huckleberry) shrub had many berries.
There were many Pyrola asarifolia (Pink Wintergreen) in bloom along the trail up Mt. Walker.
I'd never seen so many Pterospora andromedea (Pinedrops) as on this walk! They were growing in clusters near the summit, some 2.5 and 3' tall!