Here are two photos of Botryllus schlosseri or Golden Star Tunicate, aka Harbor Star Ascidian, a beautiful bright yellow-orange ascidian. One photo shows it living underwater in the marina, and the other living on a rope I briefly pulled out of the water on the dock. I had photographed the same rope with the same ascidians two months ago, and they look much the same! I'm curious about its two names- here it's called a tunicate and in Lamb & Hanby an ascidian.
I was excited to find a Chlamys rubida, or Smooth Pink Scallop, growing on the dock at the marina.The shell looks softened, maybe by a sponge. It was a few inches underwater at high tide, and almost 3" across.
These Corella inflata, or Brooding Transparent Tunicates, were hanging from a rope I briefly pulled out of the water. It was hanging off the dock, covered in Botryllus schlosseri and these clear tunicates. The size varied from1/4" to 2".
Suddenly I noticed Diplosoma listerianum, or Gray Encrusting Compound Tunicates, growing bundantly on the wooden sides of the docks. At first I thought it was a gray sponge, then found a photo on p.356 in Lamb & Hanby that matched.
I believe this may be Heptacarpus sitchensis or Sitka Shrimp. There are actually three different shrimp in these photos. One landed on the dock when I pulled a rope out of the water, and the other two were underwater beside the dock. They were a bit over 1" long, and quite attractive with their striped legs and mottled torsos.
This appears to be a colony of Lafoea dumosa or Muff Hydroid, as it's similar to the photo and description on p.103 of Lamb & Hanby. It was growing on the dock with barnacles, just a few inches underwater. The hydroids looked to be up to 4" long.
This appears to be Metandrocarpa dura, or Fused Orange Social Ascidians, growing on a rope hanging off the dock that I pulled up briefly. The rope had many Botryllus schlosseri or Harbor Star Ascidians growing on it, too.
This bright orange lichen was growing on trees by a shady bike path. I forgot to look closely at the trees, but think they were Red Alder. I hadn't ever noticed this lichen before.
This gorgeous paper wasp nest was hanging from a small branch beside the bike path. It was about 10-12" long. I couldn't tell if it was still occupied.
Here is a beautiful Red-breasted Sapsucker, Sphyrapicus ruber, sadly found dead right beside the road when I was riding my bike. I'd never seen one up close before.
These bright rust-colored mushrooms appear to be Dermocybe californica. A clump of about 5 were growing by the path in a shady mixed conifer forest on a very cold day, a few days after rain. I did a spore print and found deeper rust colored spores.
Here are two photos of Boletus rubripes or Bitter Bolete, a mushroom with pores that turns bluish when cut. Thanks to Caroline, who identified these mushrooms and explained to me that this happens more when they are young.
The Adiantum pedatum or Maidenhair Ferns along Tunnel Creek Trail in the Buckhorn Wilderness looked very wilted and curled as winter sets in and the temperatures were in the 20s.
I was excited to find my first two Cantharellus cibarius or Chanterelles along the Tunnel Creek Trail in the Buckhorn Wilderness. With temps in the 20s, they were both freeze-dried, and didn't look too appetizing, though they were a nice size, 4" tall.
Thanks to Fred Weinmann of the Native Plant Society for pointing out Gaultheria ovatifolia or Western Tea-berry, aka Slender Wintergreen, a relative of Salal. It was growing in a patch along Tunnel Creek Trail in the Buckhorn Wilderness.
Thanks to Sharon Schlentner of the Native Plant Society for pointing out Rhytidiopsis robusta or well-named Pipecleaner Moss, similar to Electrified Catstail Moss, but growing at a higher subalpine altitude.
Growing on this tree were half a dozen 1' wide clumps of Sparassis crispa or Cauliflower Mushroom. They were too high up to touch or smell. They were noticed on Tunnel Creek Trail in the Buckhorn Wilderness near the river with temps in the 20s.
Here are some branches of a Taxus brevifolia or Western Yew. Thanks to Fred Weinmann of the Native Plant Society for pointing it out to me. It was growing by/the Tunnel Creek Trail in the Buckhorn Wilderness.
Three beige frilly-edged gilled mushrooms were growing by the trail under a mixed conifer forest. The largest was about 8" across. The gills were crowded and white. It rained hard two days ago.
This is a clump of about a dozen Agaricus silvicola or Woodland Agaricus mushrooms of different sizes, with the largest about 3" diameter. They were growing by the path under a mixed conifer forest and underneath leaves and evergreen needles. I had to uncover them.
Another gilled mushroom I can't find in my field guide. There were about a hundred of these under some Western Redcedars, the largest about4" across with brown gills. The cap on the younger ones curved down, and on the more mature ones it curved up. All had rings on the stems.
There were about a dozen of these black mushrooms beside the bike path in a shady area of a mixed conifer forest. They were 2-5" tall, and with black stems. Are they Helvella lacunosa or Fluted Black Elfin Saddle mushrooms?
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This project is a warehouse for natural history observations in the Puget Sound country. The project is being launched to support a new natural history course at the University of Washington, but we welcome all naturalists to this project. The platform will be used by the class to record observations in the Puget Sound region and communicate about Puget Sound natural history. For the course, please photograph, geo-reference, and identify a minimum of 100 different species during the 10 weeks of the spring 2012 quarter. Observations that include significant natural history content (phenology, habitat, behavior etc) will get specific recognition (if you are in the class). If you want to get involved but are not in the class, no problem! log in, add observations, make comments on our observations, and add natural history! less ↑