Growth: Large group 40-50
Conifer and maple
Two squirrels in this area.
Growing on wood chips
Growth: large clusters
White veil remnants on cap
Orange-red bruising on stem
Female hanging out on a snag next to the side pond at union bay natural area.
Juvenile, hanging out by the path. A terrible picture but I did my best. Had distinct white eye rings and white outer tail feathers. Light brown tum with a bib of markings.
Tracks of a raccoon on the edge of the main pond.
One of the many red-eared sliders found around this urban wetland.
Interesting that a majority of them are strongly melanistic. Note the length of this one's fore claws. This indicates it is a male.
With some friends, I watched several of these wasps flying back and forth and bringing these bright green katydids to these little sandy patches.
The open sandy patches turned out to be the throw mounds of their burrows. I watched 2 different wasps pull down these katydids into these burrows.
A group of amanita muscaria observed growing on the edge of a woodland.
The floating nest of a pied-billed grebe. I observed this pair fishing and sitting on the eggs.
A northwestern gartersnake observed in this urban wetland area, in a grassy meadow along the trailside.
Not sure if this is a vole or a mole or a shrew.
Really small, maybe 5-7 inches in length?
A large nutria feeding in the grassy near the edge of the wetland.
A family of river otters which lives in this urban wetland area.
I observed them on many occasions, but this was the first time I could get a photo successfully.
The nest of a killdeer in a grass field near the edge of a pond.
A beautiful male yellowthroat. These birds are often difficult to see, and even more difficult to photograph!
A male shoveler floating on the pond in perfect light.
A surprising non-native species to find in Lake Washington. This is one of several very large females observed the same year.
I got close enough to compare this ones shell to the length of the paddle blade on my raft. It was around 18+ inches long!!
A juvenile red-eared slider. One of many non-native turtles introduced to Lake Washington.
A pile of baby nutria found during research on this species.
A great blue heron posing in the perfect patch of sun.
young, let me get close
fairly large mushrooms on UW campus
I believe these are black rat tracks.
A set of nutria tracks using a fast overstep walk through a small mud puddle at Union Bay Natural Area, Seattle.
Look close at the second photo and you will notice a fresh, greenish scat along with the hind track.
These are 2 adult western long-toed salamanders found in a restored wetland area adjacent to the University of Washington campus.
Even got it confirmed by Professor Ammirati.
... Near Husky Stadium.
Spiny Soft-Shell Turtle, in the background, upper left...
... Basking in the sun.
Cinnamon Teal doesn't appear to mind my proximity. ... Shows no interest in being photographed.
This plant grows as a vine, reaching its way up anything it can get ahold of. It was beginning to put out all white flowers.
This lupine can be found all over UBNA. Watch the bumblebees as the pollinate the flowers. The flowers have a unique mechanism for ensuring pollen transfer on to the bee.
Many of the Snowberry plants around UBNA are putting out small white and pink flowers.
Found growing near the ponds in wetland areas
This twinberry was in the process of developing berries. He small yellow flower fold together to create a crescent shape that turns a deep purple color. Two berries begin to form from the two flowers. The berries were this same dark purple.