Lots of red-flowering currant blooming all over at Deception Pass!
I know the photo isn't good, but we sat with them overhead for 30 minutes or more and I was able to see them with binoculars too. This was my first time seeing bald eagles and it was really amazing. I knew they were large birds, but seeing them up close really made an impression on me.
Stonecrop at Goose Rock
Castilleja at Goose Rock
Deception Pas, Whidbey Island
Castilleja hispida var. hispida
White flower with yellow center with many small thin petals surrounding it
Found fungi on side of a downed tree in deception pass, very dark brown color and situated horizontally and terraced, looks related to oyster mushroom
Small white flower a few inches from the ground with a yellow center and five petals, leaves are dark green and serrated and branch off in pairs of three
Some sort of fungi growing on a medium sized tree, roughly spherical shaped with a light brown-white coloration, firm to the touch, found at deception pass
Found right off shore at deception pass in large clusters, large bulb with long dark green colored leaves
Acorn barnacles found at low tide at deception pass. Found on large boulder on the beach in large clusters
Very small star shaped wildflower found, flower is a bright white color with four leaves of which three were the same size
This plant has a hairy stalk and thin leaves with five points, the leaves have vertical lines along of them and there is a bright orange-red flower at the top.
Small plant about a foot tall with opposite branching leaves, small, single purple ish flower
Located on a rocky substrate about 2 feet off the ground with a hairy stem and leaves that look like fern leaves. Near top of stem there are large bundles of small white flowers that form a bouquet like structure
Small wildflower about a foot off the ground with a thin green stem and thin oval shaped leaves, flowers are purple and open from a cylinder base to a flower with four petals
Small weird looking plant with a red stem and green leaves with yellow flowers, leaves and flowers are clustered and the plant was located on a gravel and rocky substrate
I observed this caterpillar on the hand rail of the bridge that goes across Deception Pass. It was only a couple inches long, very hairy with the main body being black and the fuzzy clumps that come off of it start in a yellow area and extent out being an orange color.
The plant stood about a foot tall, with a single stem and some very small stems branching off in an alternate fashion. Leaves only seen on one of the small stems branching off, very similar to lupine leaves, being very thin, pointing upward in pairs of seven. At the tip of the plant, there were three bluish-purple flowers, with the petals opening outward and starting to curl back on itself. The stems attach to the flower near its middle, and at the point where the stem attaches to the flower it narrows substantially. The flowers make make me think it belongs is a type of lily, but I was unable to find it in the book.
A single bud per stalk, they stood under a foot tall on a rocky outcrop area right by the Strait of Juan de Fuca. The stalk drooped back on itself to almost half its height. Neither of the buds on the end of the drooping stalk had started to flower yet.
This plant was a little under a foot tall, with very small leaves that appeared in segments of about four up the plant aiming out in different directions from the plant in a sort of circular manner. At the top of the plant there were two flowers, and two that were just budding.
A plant with a purple pea-like flower near the top, with branches of leaves showing opposite branching with about four pairs of oval shaped leaves with a very distinctive line going down the center. At the end of the stem with the leaves it turns into a sort of wispy frond.
A white flower at the end of a hairy green stalk with many very thin white petals, and a very yellow center comprised of many very small stamen.
A very small star shaped white flower with six petals. Just a little off the ground it had four leaves, with three of them the same size, and one of them significantly smaller. They are oval shaped, and the stamen that protrude from the flower are very yellow.
Located on a rocky outcrop off the Strait of Juan de Fuca, this plant stood about 1-2 feet tall, with a hairy stem, and fern-like leaves showing alternate branching. Near the top of the plant, there were about 4 groups of large clusters of white flowers per plant, most just budding, with a few that had flowered.
A very unique looking plant. It was in clusters very low to the ground, on a rocky outcrop right next to the Strait of Juan de Fuca. The flowers were located at the very tip of the plants in clusters, yellow on top and fading into pink underneath. Only the buds at the very tip had flowered, with the stalk being a pinkish-reddish-orange color, with ovalish, leaf-like buds of the same color continuing all the way down the stem.
A medium height plant, the entire stalk covered in fine, small thorns, with branches of groups of five leaves coming off relatively frequently, with two pairs showing opposite branching with one leaf at the very tip of the stem. I could see no berries or flowers at this point.
A tall shrub, probably about 8 feet tall, with alternate branching leaves with multiple, more rounded points, ending in a structure hanging off the very tips of the branches with a lot of white buds that had not yet begun to flower. The bark was a sort of reddish-brown color nearer the ends where the clusters of buds were located.
This plant was about 1-2 feet tall, with branches coming off the main stalk with leaves exhibiting opposite branching, in pairs of about three. At the end of the stalk, there was one pinkish-purple pea-like flower, and one other pod that was beginning to flower.
A little taller than the dull oregon grape it was next to, this plant has a hairy stalk, getting hairier as it gets closer to the top. It has thin leaves with five points, and the lines on the leaves go vertical along, maintaining a completely straight line. Near the top of the plant there are orange-red flowers, but they appear to be more like individual petals at the end of each offshoot from the main stalk, they become extremely concentrated at the very tip, with a couple appearing a little over halfway up. Seems to have three sections where about four leaves branch off of the main stalk.