I mowed about 3 more of these suckers over before realizing it! They blend in so well with the fall leaves.
This saxifrage grows everywhere in this area. So cool looking!
young scrawny coyote catching mice in silage chop
Young Pine growing in standing water of Blackman Lake, right on the shoreline.
Beautiful Maple filling out in Ferguson Park in Snohomish. Although this is a public park it is full of nicely sized native trees like BL Maples, Western Red Cedars, Western Hemlocks, etc.
There were two of these ducks associating with a fairly large group of Mallards. I have never seen a duck like this and I can't seem to identify it. They were larger than the Mallards and had darker bodies with white chest feathers. Could it be a domesticated or a hybrid duck?
Curious squirrel climbing tree at Ferguson Park in Snohomish.
giant crane fly larvae
A picture showing the moss bog. You can clearly see the western skunk cabbage, demonstrating the moist substrate.
Moss covers everything beyond this short barrier of debris. It is not a Sphagnum bog, but definitely still a moss bog. When you shove a large stick straight down into the moss, it will easily go as deep as 10 feet and be soaking wet when you pull the stick back out. There are also pockets where the moss sinks under water.
Here is another picture of a moss growing on the steps up to the porch that I finally dug up out of my moss pictures.
As previously stated, it receives a constant drip of moisture from the overhanging roof above.
My previous observation demonstrated a shuttle species because of the sporophyte-dominant life form.
Contrarily, this species I believe is a perennial stayer because I have yet to see any sporophytes on it! This leads me to the conclusion that it does not need to avoid environmental stressers like shuttle species do to survive.
It's very cool how the moss goes deep into the pits of these cinder-blocks. I wonder what species are growing at different levels within the cinder-blocks?