This interesting lichen was growing on the branch of an old apple tree close to the shore of Lake Crescent at 580' elevation. It looks like a brown leaf lichen, possibly brown from age, covered in small clusters of yellow dots.
Here's Metaneckera menziesii, a moss known as Menzies’ Neckera, growing on a Bigleaf Maple tree trunk. It's a thick greenish-orange moss. I like knowing it's named in honor of Vancouver's naturalist, Menzies.
This moss is Neckera douglasii, with the common name of Douglas’ Neckera, named in honor of the amazing naturalist David Douglas. It was growing on Red Alder at 580' elevation.
The leaves of Oplopanax horridus, or Devil’s Club, have lines of sharp thorns, as do the stems. This fierce-looking plant grows over people's heads and was quite close to the trail near Marymere Falls. Each leaf grew to about 16" across.
This beautiful plant is Epipactus gigantea, with stems of multiple peach-colored orchids. It's called Giant Hellborine. There were just a few patches of these plants with a total of about 40 stems growing near the path and close to Lake Crescent at 580' in semi-shade. Each stem reached about 12-18" tall.
These leafy plants with tall shoots of flowers is Osmorhiza chilensis, or Mountain Sweet-cicely. There were just a few of these plants growing at 580' along a shady path close to Lake Crescent.
There were a few patches of Oxalis oregana or Redwood Sorrel along the path on the north side of Lake Crescent at 580'. It was too late for the flowers. This was the first time I'd seen Oxalis oregana this far east in Washington state; before I'd only seen it along the west coast.
I was very disappointed to find Western Poison Oak, and quite a lot of it, growing along the path on the north side of Lake Crescent at 580'. This was the first time I've found poison oak in Washington state.
This ubiquitous plant has puzzled me for a long time, and turns out to be Prunella vulgaris or Self-heal, a plant with many medicinal properties that grows on every continent. This low-growing plant with bright purple flowers, almost 1" across, is in the mint family. Here it's growing at 580' along the path beside Lake Crescent.
This plant clinging to the sunny and rocky hillside is Sedum spathulifolium, or Broad-leaved Stonecrop. We saw hundreds of these plants, some only an inch or two across, and this one about 5" across, and all past their blooming period, so we missed the showy yellow flowers. They were growing on the north side of Lake Crescent at 580' elevation.
NOT Nothocalais alpestris , Microseris alpestris (Alpine microseris) as I originally thought.
Burke museum image Nothocalais alpestris
Thanks to Jim Cummins for helping me get to a correct ID.
Mount Rainier Burroughs loop
Approximately 6500 feet elevation
Mount Rainier National Park, Washington, USA
These two lovely anemones must be Aulactinia incubans, or Warty columned anemone. They were under water during the low tide, right beside a seaweed-covered rock, each about 2" across.
This 1" Epiactis prolifera or Proliferating Anemone has at least 14 babies clinging to it. I was very excited to find this amazing anemone on a rock during a minus tide. I'd never seen the clinging babies before!
Here's a large and very healthy 5" Henricia leviuscula leviuscula or Blood Star, found during a minus tide in the lower intertidal zone. With Seastar Wasting Syndrome, I'm excited to find two healthy Blood Stars on the same morning.
Trying to ID this tiny 3/4" hermit crab. Its body is large for its shell, like a Pagurus hirsutiusculus (Hairy Hermit) but it isn't hairy, and it has the large red pincer with a white stripe. I found it during a minus tide in the lower intertidal zone climbing across eelgrass.
I was delighted to find a Leptasterias hexactis or Colorful Six-armed Star during a minus tide in the lower intertidal zone. This one was only a bit over 1" across, and a beautiful shade of turquoise-gray.
This gorgeous purple Lophopanopeus bellus, or Black-clawed crab, only about 1 1/2" across, was hiding in a hole (or empty giant barnacle shell?) on a rock, found during a minus tide in the lower intertidal zone. I'd never seen such a purple one before.
Here's Mastocarpus papillatus, aka Turkish Washcloth or Tar Spot Seaweed, a very common red seaweed that grows on rocks throughout the intertidal zone, but mostly in the lower part.
Here's a new chiton for me, Mopalia swanii or Swan’s Mopalia, found under water during a minus tide, clinging to a rock in the lower intertidal zone. This 2 1/2" chiton has a wide and smooth girdle, and is paler than most I've ever seen.
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, ...more ↓
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 ↑