Washington 2009 II - Mt. Saint Helens, Columbia River Gorge

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1 Washington has many farms for flowers, bulbs and seeds. As we were driving south from Mt. Rainier to Mt. Saint Helens, we passed the DeGoode Flower farm. Of course, we had to stop so I could get some photos! These pretty pink and white flowers are Asti...

Washington has many farms for flowers, bulbs and seeds. As we were driving south from Mt. Rainier to Mt. Saint Helens, we passed the DeGoode Flower farm. Of course, we had to stop so I could get some photos! These pretty pink and white flowers are Asti...

Washington has many farms for flowers, bulbs and seeds. As we were driving south from Mt. Rainier to Mt. Saint Helens, we passed the DeGoode Flower farm. Of course, we had to stop so I could get some photos! These pretty pink and white flowers are Astilbes. 1321
2 This is the show garden at the DeGoode Flower farm. It was a nice surprise to come across this beautiful spot. :)

This is the show garden at the DeGoode Flower farm. It was a nice surprise to come across this beautiful spot. :)

This is the show garden at the DeGoode Flower farm. It was a nice surprise to come across this beautiful spot. :) 1083
3 If you buy pre-potted plants at a garden center, they may have come from the DeGoode Flower farm. This greenhouse was full of potted plants ready to be shipped across the country.

If you buy pre-potted plants at a garden center, they may have come from the DeGoode Flower farm. This greenhouse was full of potted plants ready to be shipped across the country.

If you buy pre-potted plants at a garden center, they may have come from the DeGoode Flower farm. This greenhouse was full of potted plants ready to be shipped across the country. 1152
4 Mt. Saint Helens is a very popular tourist attraction. This stained glass window was in a restaurant in Castle Rock, WA.

Mt. Saint Helens is a very popular tourist attraction. This stained glass window was in a restaurant in Castle Rock, WA.

Mt. Saint Helens is a very popular tourist attraction. This stained glass window was in a restaurant in Castle Rock, WA. 1120
5 This is the view from the Forest Learning Center, Weyerhauser's visitor center several miles from Mt. Saint Helens. The Toutle River is visible in the foreground, it originates from the glaciers on the volcano.
The hillsides are green with millions of...

This is the view from the Forest Learning Center, Weyerhauser's visitor center several miles from Mt. Saint Helens. The Toutle River is visible in the foreground, it originates from the glaciers on the volcano. The hillsides are green with millions of...

This is the view from the Forest Learning Center, Weyerhauser's visitor center several miles from Mt. Saint Helens. The Toutle River is visible in the foreground, it originates from the glaciers on the volcano. The hillsides are green with millions of trees that were planted by the Weyerhauser foresters a few months after the eruption. This area was in the blow-down zone. 1107
6 The <strong>Johnston Ridge Visitor Center</strong> is 5 miles north of Mt. Saint Helens. It is named for David Johnston, the geologist who announced to his headquarters in Vancouver, WA that the eruption had begun, yelling, "Vancouver, Vancouver, this ...

The Johnston Ridge Visitor Center is 5 miles north of Mt. Saint Helens. It is named for David Johnston, the geologist who announced to his headquarters in Vancouver, WA that the eruption had begun, yelling, "Vancouver, Vancouver, this ...

The Johnston Ridge Visitor Center is 5 miles north of Mt. Saint Helens. It is named for David Johnston, the geologist who announced to his headquarters in Vancouver, WA that the eruption had begun, yelling, "Vancouver, Vancouver, this is it!" into his radio; seconds later he was engulfed in a "hurricane of rock". 57 people died on the mountain that Sunday, but it would have been worse if it had erupted on a weekday. The visitor center is built into the hillside, complete with tree trunks and wildflowers. The area is a National Monument run by the National Forest Service. 1441
7 This area is 5 miles north of Mt. Saint Helens, these wildflowers are growing in the "Devastation Zone". On May 18, 1980 this hillside took the full force of the eruption, huge trees growing on the slopes here were obliterated and just disappeared.

This area is 5 miles north of Mt. Saint Helens, these wildflowers are growing in the "Devastation Zone". On May 18, 1980 this hillside took the full force of the eruption, huge trees growing on the slopes here were obliterated and just disappeared.

This area is 5 miles north of Mt. Saint Helens, these wildflowers are growing in the "Devastation Zone". On May 18, 1980 this hillside took the full force of the eruption, huge trees growing on the slopes here were obliterated and just disappeared. 1051
8 These Roosevelt Elk ate chewing their cud on the grassy area below mountain called the Pumice Plain. Small trees have begun growing here.

These Roosevelt Elk ate chewing their cud on the grassy area below mountain called the Pumice Plain. Small trees have begun growing here.

These Roosevelt Elk ate chewing their cud on the grassy area below mountain called the Pumice Plain. Small trees have begun growing here. 1084
9 The catastrophic eruption of Mt. Saint Helens removed 1300 feet from the top of the mountain. Over the past 29 years, a new <strong>lava dome</strong> has begun grow in the crater to help rebuild it, however the glaciers are slowly grinding the rock do...

The catastrophic eruption of Mt. Saint Helens removed 1300 feet from the top of the mountain. Over the past 29 years, a new lava dome has begun grow in the crater to help rebuild it, however the glaciers are slowly grinding the rock do...

The catastrophic eruption of Mt. Saint Helens removed 1300 feet from the top of the mountain. Over the past 29 years, a new lava dome has begun grow in the crater to help rebuild it, however the glaciers are slowly grinding the rock down. Volcanoes exist on a delicate balance of fire and ice. 1108
10 <strong>Geology in the Raw!</strong>

The layers of lava and ash from ancient eruptions, the hummocks of sediment, a small lake and erosion from the 1980 eruption are all visible in this photo. 
The lateral blast from the eruption blasted the hillsi...

Geology in the Raw! The layers of lava and ash from ancient eruptions, the hummocks of sediment, a small lake and erosion from the 1980 eruption are all visible in this photo. The lateral blast from the eruption blasted the hillsi...

Geology in the Raw! The layers of lava and ash from ancient eruptions, the hummocks of sediment, a small lake and erosion from the 1980 eruption are all visible in this photo. The lateral blast from the eruption blasted the hillside to the bedrock 5 miles north of the volcano. 1067
11 Scientists study tree growth rings from ancient trees that grew far from Mt. Saint Helens to learn about past eruptions. For several years after an eruption, growth of the trees slowed, causing the tree rings to be small and close together. This sectio...

Scientists study tree growth rings from ancient trees that grew far from Mt. Saint Helens to learn about past eruptions. For several years after an eruption, growth of the trees slowed, causing the tree rings to be small and close together. This sectio...

Scientists study tree growth rings from ancient trees that grew far from Mt. Saint Helens to learn about past eruptions. For several years after an eruption, growth of the trees slowed, causing the tree rings to be small and close together. This section was in the visitor center at Silver Lake. 1499
12 Seeing these boulders that were thrown from the mountain during the lateral blast gives the visitor an appreciation of the power that was released during the eruption.

Seeing these boulders that were thrown from the mountain during the lateral blast gives the visitor an appreciation of the power that was released during the eruption.

Seeing these boulders that were thrown from the mountain during the lateral blast gives the visitor an appreciation of the power that was released during the eruption. 1066
13 We saw this warning sign when we started the hike to Spirit Lake and thought, "How bad can it be?" We found out when we got to the Devil's Elbow!

We saw this warning sign when we started the hike to Spirit Lake and thought, "How bad can it be?" We found out when we got to the Devil's Elbow!

We saw this warning sign when we started the hike to Spirit Lake and thought, "How bad can it be?" We found out when we got to the Devil's Elbow! 1100
14 The trail that made us turn around was the <strong>Devil's Elbow</strong>, it can be seen going across the upper part of the hillside. It was quite narrow at the area near the ravine.   
Note the layers of igneous rock from past eruptions of Mt. Saint...

The trail that made us turn around was the Devil's Elbow, it can be seen going across the upper part of the hillside. It was quite narrow at the area near the ravine. Note the layers of igneous rock from past eruptions of Mt. Saint...

The trail that made us turn around was the Devil's Elbow, it can be seen going across the upper part of the hillside. It was quite narrow at the area near the ravine. Note the layers of igneous rock from past eruptions of Mt. Saint Helens. 1139
15 Wildflowers are beginning the slow recovery of life at Mt. Saint Helens. These Indian Paintbrush and Penstemon plants are colorful pioneers in the Devastated Area.

Wildflowers are beginning the slow recovery of life at Mt. Saint Helens. These Indian Paintbrush and Penstemon plants are colorful pioneers in the Devastated Area.

Wildflowers are beginning the slow recovery of life at Mt. Saint Helens. These Indian Paintbrush and Penstemon plants are colorful pioneers in the Devastated Area. 1107
16 <strong>Cardwell's Penstemon</strong>
<em>Penstemon cardwelli</em>
Mt. Saint Helens National Monument
June 26, 2009

This plant was growing on the cliffside along the Devil's Elbow trail. My picture snapping on this steep-sided, narrow trail made ...

Cardwell's Penstemon Penstemon cardwelli Mt. Saint Helens National Monument June 26, 2009 This plant was growing on the cliffside along the Devil's Elbow trail. My picture snapping on this steep-sided, narrow trail made ...

Cardwell's Penstemon Penstemon cardwelli Mt. Saint Helens National Monument June 26, 2009 This plant was growing on the cliffside along the Devil's Elbow trail. My picture snapping on this steep-sided, narrow trail made Kenny nervous!


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17 <strong>Cardwell's Penstemon</strong>
<em>Penstemon cardwelli</em>
Mt. Saint Helens National Monument
June 26, 2009

Cardwell's Penstemon Penstemon cardwelli Mt. Saint Helens National Monument June 26, 2009

Cardwell's Penstemon Penstemon cardwelli Mt. Saint Helens National Monument June 26, 2009 1298
18 <strong>Pacific Lupine</strong>
<em>Lupinus lepidus var. lobbii</em> / Pea Family
Mt. Saint Helens National Monument
June 26, 2009

These pretty little lupines grow in the most devastated areas in front of the volcano. Lupines are legumes, they ha...

Pacific Lupine Lupinus lepidus var. lobbii / Pea Family Mt. Saint Helens National Monument June 26, 2009 These pretty little lupines grow in the most devastated areas in front of the volcano. Lupines are legumes, they ha...

Pacific Lupine Lupinus lepidus var. lobbii / Pea Family Mt. Saint Helens National Monument June 26, 2009 These pretty little lupines grow in the most devastated areas in front of the volcano. Lupines are legumes, they have nodules with nitrogen-fixing bacteria which help enrich the soil for future plants.


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19 <strong>Dirty Socks; Alpine Buckwheat </strong>
<em>Eriogonum pyrolifolium</em> / Buckwheat Family
Mount Saint Helens National Monument
June 26, 2009

I didn't get down on the ground to smell this plant, but it is supposed to have an unpleasant od...

Dirty Socks; Alpine Buckwheat Eriogonum pyrolifolium / Buckwheat Family Mount Saint Helens National Monument June 26, 2009 I didn't get down on the ground to smell this plant, but it is supposed to have an unpleasant od...

Dirty Socks; Alpine Buckwheat Eriogonum pyrolifolium / Buckwheat Family Mount Saint Helens National Monument June 26, 2009 I didn't get down on the ground to smell this plant, but it is supposed to have an unpleasant odor similar to dirty socks!


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20 <strong>Silverleaf Phacelia </strong>
<em>Phacelia hastata</em>
Mount Saint Helens National Monument
June 26, 2009

Silverleaf Phacelia Phacelia hastata Mount Saint Helens National Monument June 26, 2009

Silverleaf Phacelia Phacelia hastata Mount Saint Helens National Monument June 26, 2009


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21 These trees were blown down during the 1980 eruption, they were on the ridge behind the devastation zone. Weyerhauser loggers took out blowndown trees for months after the eruption.

These trees were blown down during the 1980 eruption, they were on the ridge behind the devastation zone. Weyerhauser loggers took out blowndown trees for months after the eruption.

These trees were blown down during the 1980 eruption, they were on the ridge behind the devastation zone. Weyerhauser loggers took out blowndown trees for months after the eruption. 1076
22 <strong>Pumice</strong> is a type of volcanic rock that is made when lava cools rapidly, trapping air bubbles in it. Pumice is so light, it can float in water. The white rock is pumice.

Pumice is a type of volcanic rock that is made when lava cools rapidly, trapping air bubbles in it. Pumice is so light, it can float in water. The white rock is pumice.

Pumice is a type of volcanic rock that is made when lava cools rapidly, trapping air bubbles in it. Pumice is so light, it can float in water. The white rock is pumice. 1825
23 I found this vein of quartz in the lava layer on the side of the cliff while we were hiking on the Devil's Elbow.

I found this vein of quartz in the lava layer on the side of the cliff while we were hiking on the Devil's Elbow.

I found this vein of quartz in the lava layer on the side of the cliff while we were hiking on the Devil's Elbow. 1141
24 This is what the sign was warning hikers about! Kenny had enough of the Devil's Elbow trail at this point.

This is what the sign was warning hikers about! Kenny had enough of the Devil's Elbow trail at this point.

This is what the sign was warning hikers about! Kenny had enough of the Devil's Elbow trail at this point. 1128
25 <strong>Hairy Arnica</strong>
<em>Arnica mollis</em> /Aster Family
Mt. Saint Helens National Monument
June 26, 2009

Hairy Arnica Arnica mollis /Aster Family Mt. Saint Helens National Monument June 26, 2009

Hairy Arnica Arnica mollis /Aster Family Mt. Saint Helens National Monument June 26, 2009


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26 We spent 4 nights at <strong>Silver Lake Resort</strong>, a fishing resort 40+ miles west of Mt. Saint Helens. The lake was formed from an ancient eruption of the volcano. The hotel room balconies are located over the lake, people can fish from their r...

We spent 4 nights at Silver Lake Resort, a fishing resort 40+ miles west of Mt. Saint Helens. The lake was formed from an ancient eruption of the volcano. The hotel room balconies are located over the lake, people can fish from their r...

We spent 4 nights at Silver Lake Resort, a fishing resort 40+ miles west of Mt. Saint Helens. The lake was formed from an ancient eruption of the volcano. The hotel room balconies are located over the lake, people can fish from their room! 1115
27 I was amazed to see several of these male Midges oozing out a brown liquid from the tip of their abdomens each evening around 9:30. I don't know if they were getting prepared to mate or what! I'm sure the other guests at the hotel wondered why I kept f...

I was amazed to see several of these male Midges oozing out a brown liquid from the tip of their abdomens each evening around 9:30. I don't know if they were getting prepared to mate or what! I'm sure the other guests at the hotel wondered why I kept f...

I was amazed to see several of these male Midges oozing out a brown liquid from the tip of their abdomens each evening around 9:30. I don't know if they were getting prepared to mate or what! I'm sure the other guests at the hotel wondered why I kept flashing my camera as I tried to get photos like this. ***Update*** I finally got an answer to this mystery via Dr. Frans Janssens, an entomologist in Belgium I contacted through Bugguide.net! Here is an excerpt from his email. It confirmed what I had suspected. "The large everted forward directed body part is the aedeagus, the male 'external'reproductive organ. The phallus, so to speak. In Diptera the aedeagus can become quite large. It is an everted inflatable copulation structure. In the picture the aedeagus is everted in the correct position for copulation. I have no idea what the brown liquid is about and why the midge dips its abdomen in it." 1133
28 A lovely view of Mt. Saint Helens from Silver Lake Resort, 40 miles away.

A lovely view of Mt. Saint Helens from Silver Lake Resort, 40 miles away.

A lovely view of Mt. Saint Helens from Silver Lake Resort, 40 miles away. 1086
29 This <strong>Barn Swallow</strong> was resting on a line at the Silver Lake Resort marina.

This Barn Swallow was resting on a line at the Silver Lake Resort marina.

This Barn Swallow was resting on a line at the Silver Lake Resort marina. 1056
30 <strong>Fireweed</strong>
<em>Epilobium angustifolium</em> / Evening Primrose Family
Silver Lake, WA
June 27, 2009

Fireweed is a very common plant in the northwest. It often grows in disturbed or burned areas.

Fireweed Epilobium angustifolium / Evening Primrose Family Silver Lake, WA June 27, 2009 Fireweed is a very common plant in the northwest. It often grows in disturbed or burned areas.

Fireweed Epilobium angustifolium / Evening Primrose Family Silver Lake, WA June 27, 2009 Fireweed is a very common plant in the northwest. It often grows in disturbed or burned areas.


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31 <strong>Hardhack; Steeplebush</strong>
<em>Spirea douglasii</em> / Rose Family
Silver Lake, WA
June 27, 2009

Hardhack; Steeplebush Spirea douglasii / Rose Family Silver Lake, WA June 27, 2009

Hardhack; Steeplebush Spirea douglasii / Rose Family Silver Lake, WA June 27, 2009


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32 <strong>Marsh Cinquefoil</strong>
<em>Potentilla palustris</em> / Rose Family
Silver Lake, WA
June 28, 2009

I had seen this flower growing in a marsh in Alaska in 2004. Unlike most other Cinquefoil flowers that are yellow or white, these are maro...

Marsh Cinquefoil Potentilla palustris / Rose Family Silver Lake, WA June 28, 2009 I had seen this flower growing in a marsh in Alaska in 2004. Unlike most other Cinquefoil flowers that are yellow or white, these are maro...

Marsh Cinquefoil Potentilla palustris / Rose Family Silver Lake, WA June 28, 2009 I had seen this flower growing in a marsh in Alaska in 2004. Unlike most other Cinquefoil flowers that are yellow or white, these are maroon. I didn't notice what pollinators visited it, but I would imagine they would be beetles or flies.


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33 <strong>Yellow Pond Lily </strong>
<em>Nuphar polysepalum</em>
Silver Lake, WA
June 28, 2009

This is a very common aquatic wildflower, found over much of the United States. It grows in shallow water.

Yellow Pond Lily Nuphar polysepalum Silver Lake, WA June 28, 2009 This is a very common aquatic wildflower, found over much of the United States. It grows in shallow water.

Yellow Pond Lily Nuphar polysepalum Silver Lake, WA June 28, 2009 This is a very common aquatic wildflower, found over much of the United States. It grows in shallow water.


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34 <strong>Small-flowered Lotus</strong>
<em>Lotus micranthus</em> / Pea Family
Silver Lake, WA
June 28, 2009

I found this little flower blooming in the sand on the bank of the Toutle River.

Small-flowered Lotus Lotus micranthus / Pea Family Silver Lake, WA June 28, 2009 I found this little flower blooming in the sand on the bank of the Toutle River.

Small-flowered Lotus Lotus micranthus / Pea Family Silver Lake, WA June 28, 2009 I found this little flower blooming in the sand on the bank of the Toutle River.


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35 <strong>Yerba Buena</strong>
<em>Satureja douglasii</em> / Mint Family
Silver Lake, WA
June 28, 2009

I found this plant growing near the first visitor center.

Yerba Buena Satureja douglasii / Mint Family Silver Lake, WA June 28, 2009 I found this plant growing near the first visitor center.

Yerba Buena Satureja douglasii / Mint Family Silver Lake, WA June 28, 2009 I found this plant growing near the first visitor center.


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36 We saw these logs at a lumber mill in Longmire, WA. The mill is located on the Columbia River, where the cut lumber is loaded onto ships. This is a common sight in western Washington.

We saw these logs at a lumber mill in Longmire, WA. The mill is located on the Columbia River, where the cut lumber is loaded onto ships. This is a common sight in western Washington.

We saw these logs at a lumber mill in Longmire, WA. The mill is located on the Columbia River, where the cut lumber is loaded onto ships. This is a common sight in western Washington. 1105
37 We saw this large container ship and 2 fishing boats at the mouth of the Columbia River in Astoria, Oregon. The river is shallow and has tricky sandbars where the it enters the Pacific Ocean. Special pilots must bring the ships through the sandbars int...

We saw this large container ship and 2 fishing boats at the mouth of the Columbia River in Astoria, Oregon. The river is shallow and has tricky sandbars where the it enters the Pacific Ocean. Special pilots must bring the ships through the sandbars int...

We saw this large container ship and 2 fishing boats at the mouth of the Columbia River in Astoria, Oregon. The river is shallow and has tricky sandbars where the it enters the Pacific Ocean. Special pilots must bring the ships through the sandbars into the river. The people on the small boats were fishing for salmon. 1418
38 <strong>Brass Buttons</strong>
<em>Cotula coronopifolia*</em> / Aster Family
Ilwaco, WA
June 27, 2009

These little yellow non-native flowers are common in the western states. They have only disk flowers, no ray flowers (petals).

Brass Buttons Cotula coronopifolia* / Aster Family Ilwaco, WA June 27, 2009 These little yellow non-native flowers are common in the western states. They have only disk flowers, no ray flowers (petals).

Brass Buttons Cotula coronopifolia* / Aster Family Ilwaco, WA June 27, 2009 These little yellow non-native flowers are common in the western states. They have only disk flowers, no ray flowers (petals).


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39 We crossed over the Columbia River on this bridge from Oregon to Washington on our way to the Pacific Ocean.

We crossed over the Columbia River on this bridge from Oregon to Washington on our way to the Pacific Ocean.

We crossed over the Columbia River on this bridge from Oregon to Washington on our way to the Pacific Ocean. 1177
40 <strong>Sword Fern</strong>

Sword Fern

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41 <strong>Beach Sand Spurry</strong>
<em>Spergularia macrotheca</em>
Ilwaco, WA
June 27, 2009

I recognized this wildflower from seeing it on the California coast 2 years ago.

Beach Sand Spurry Spergularia macrotheca Ilwaco, WA June 27, 2009 I recognized this wildflower from seeing it on the California coast 2 years ago.

Beach Sand Spurry Spergularia macrotheca Ilwaco, WA June 27, 2009 I recognized this wildflower from seeing it on the California coast 2 years ago.


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42 The scenic North Head Lighthouse is located near the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center. It is built on a cliff of lava.

The scenic North Head Lighthouse is located near the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center. It is built on a cliff of lava.

The scenic North Head Lighthouse is located near the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center. It is built on a cliff of lava. 1085
43 The <strong>Cape Disappointment Lighthouse</strong> is at the mouth of the Columbia River,it is the last lighthouse on the southwest Washington coast.

The Cape Disappointment Lighthouse is at the mouth of the Columbia River,it is the last lighthouse on the southwest Washington coast.

The Cape Disappointment Lighthouse is at the mouth of the Columbia River,it is the last lighthouse on the southwest Washington coast. 1052
44 <strong>Gooseneck Barnacles</strong>
<em>Pollicipes polymerus</em>
Ilwaco, WA
June 27, 2009

The feeding arms were out of the shells when the tide went out. Barnacles use these feathery appendages to capture small organisms in the water. These ani...

Gooseneck Barnacles Pollicipes polymerus Ilwaco, WA June 27, 2009 The feeding arms were out of the shells when the tide went out. Barnacles use these feathery appendages to capture small organisms in the water. These ani...

Gooseneck Barnacles Pollicipes polymerus Ilwaco, WA June 27, 2009 The feeding arms were out of the shells when the tide went out. Barnacles use these feathery appendages to capture small organisms in the water. These animals were attached to a log that had washed up on the beach. 1163
45 I thought this pillow lava below the North Head Lighthouse looked like a funny face! :) Eons ago, the lava traveled many miles from one of the Cascade volcanoes to the beach.

I thought this pillow lava below the North Head Lighthouse looked like a funny face! :) Eons ago, the lava traveled many miles from one of the Cascade volcanoes to the beach.

I thought this pillow lava below the North Head Lighthouse looked like a funny face! :) Eons ago, the lava traveled many miles from one of the Cascade volcanoes to the beach. 1205
46 <strong>Beach Knotweed</strong>
<em>Polygonum paronychia</em>
Ilwaco, WA
June 27, 2009

I found this plant growing near the jetty at Cape Disappointment.

Beach Knotweed Polygonum paronychia Ilwaco, WA June 27, 2009 I found this plant growing near the jetty at Cape Disappointment.

Beach Knotweed Polygonum paronychia Ilwaco, WA June 27, 2009 I found this plant growing near the jetty at Cape Disappointment.


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47 <strong>Sea Thrift</strong>
<em>Armeria maritima</em> /  Plumbaginaceae
Ilwaco, WA
June 27, 2009

Sea Thrift Armeria maritima / Plumbaginaceae Ilwaco, WA June 27, 2009

Sea Thrift Armeria maritima / Plumbaginaceae Ilwaco, WA June 27, 2009


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48 <strong>Thread-leaved Sandwort</strong>
<em>Arenaria capillaris</em> / Pink Family
Ilwaco, WA
June 27, 2009

This plant was growing on the cliff below the North Head Lighthouse.

Thread-leaved Sandwort Arenaria capillaris / Pink Family Ilwaco, WA June 27, 2009 This plant was growing on the cliff below the North Head Lighthouse.

Thread-leaved Sandwort Arenaria capillaris / Pink Family Ilwaco, WA June 27, 2009 This plant was growing on the cliff below the North Head Lighthouse.


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49 <strong>Sea Rocket</strong>
<em>Cakile edentula</em>
Oysterville, WA
June 27, 2009

Sea Rocket Cakile edentula Oysterville, WA June 27, 2009

Sea Rocket Cakile edentula Oysterville, WA June 27, 2009


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50 <strong>Sea Sacs Seaweed </strong>
<em>Halosaccion glandiforme</em>
Ilwaco, WA
June 27, 2009

These hollow seaweeds were washed up on the beach. Even though they are green, they are in the Red Seaweed family (Rhodophyta).

Sea Sacs Seaweed Halosaccion glandiforme Ilwaco, WA June 27, 2009 These hollow seaweeds were washed up on the beach. Even though they are green, they are in the Red Seaweed family (Rhodophyta).

Sea Sacs Seaweed Halosaccion glandiforme Ilwaco, WA June 27, 2009 These hollow seaweeds were washed up on the beach. Even though they are green, they are in the Red Seaweed family (Rhodophyta). 1206
51 <strong>Silverweed</strong>
<em>Potentilla anserina</em> / Rose Family
Ilwaco, WA
June 27, 2009

This is a common plant on the west coast.

Silverweed Potentilla anserina / Rose Family Ilwaco, WA June 27, 2009 This is a common plant on the west coast.

Silverweed Potentilla anserina / Rose Family Ilwaco, WA June 27, 2009 This is a common plant on the west coast.


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52 <strong>Bog St. Johnswort</strong>
<em>Hypericum anagalloides</em> / St. Johnswort Family
Ilwaco, WA
June 27, 2009

This St. Johnswort looks very different than others in the genus.

Bog St. Johnswort Hypericum anagalloides / St. Johnswort Family Ilwaco, WA June 27, 2009 This St. Johnswort looks very different than others in the genus.

Bog St. Johnswort Hypericum anagalloides / St. Johnswort Family Ilwaco, WA June 27, 2009 This St. Johnswort looks very different than others in the genus.


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53 <strong>Springbank Clover</strong>
<em>Trifolium wormskjoldii</em> / Pea Family
Oysterville, WA
June 27, 2009

Springbank Clover Trifolium wormskjoldii / Pea Family Oysterville, WA June 27, 2009

Springbank Clover Trifolium wormskjoldii / Pea Family Oysterville, WA June 27, 2009


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54 <strong>Scouler's Harebell</strong>
<em>Campanula scouleri</em> / Bluebell Family
Columbia River Gorge (Beacon Rock SP)
June 29, 2009

I found these little blue flowers when we took a wrong turn at the park and I spotted a Columbia Lily along the ...

Scouler's Harebell Campanula scouleri / Bluebell Family Columbia River Gorge (Beacon Rock SP) June 29, 2009 I found these little blue flowers when we took a wrong turn at the park and I spotted a Columbia Lily along the ...

Scouler's Harebell Campanula scouleri / Bluebell Family Columbia River Gorge (Beacon Rock SP) June 29, 2009 I found these little blue flowers when we took a wrong turn at the park and I spotted a Columbia Lily along the road. Since I was out of the car anyway, I decided to explore a little further, that's when I spotted these little harebells.


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55 <strong>Columbia Lily</strong>
<em>Lilium columbianum</em> / Lily Family
Columbia River Gorge
June 29, 2009

I had seen this flower a few days earlier, but it was in a place along the road where we couldn't stop. I found this plant along a road wh...

Columbia Lily Lilium columbianum / Lily Family Columbia River Gorge June 29, 2009 I had seen this flower a few days earlier, but it was in a place along the road where we couldn't stop. I found this plant along a road wh...

Columbia Lily Lilium columbianum / Lily Family Columbia River Gorge June 29, 2009 I had seen this flower a few days earlier, but it was in a place along the road where we couldn't stop. I found this plant along a road when we made a wrong turn at Beacon Rock State Park in the Columbia River Gorge.


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56 <strong>Bladder Campion</strong>
<em>Silene vulgaris*</em>
Columbia River Gorge
June 29, 2009

This is a common weed in the US. <em>Vulgaris</em> means "common".

Bladder Campion Silene vulgaris* Columbia River Gorge June 29, 2009 This is a common weed in the US. Vulgaris means "common".

Bladder Campion Silene vulgaris* Columbia River Gorge June 29, 2009 This is a common weed in the US. Vulgaris means "common".


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57 <strong>Beacon Rock</strong> is the core of an ancient volcano. It is 850 feet high with a zigzagging trail to the top. The view is worth every step!
It is made of columns of basalt, visible on the lower right.

Beacon Rock is the core of an ancient volcano. It is 850 feet high with a zigzagging trail to the top. The view is worth every step! It is made of columns of basalt, visible on the lower right.

Beacon Rock is the core of an ancient volcano. It is 850 feet high with a zigzagging trail to the top. The view is worth every step! It is made of columns of basalt, visible on the lower right. 1265
58 These are the zigzag stairs on the trail to the top of Beacon Rock! There are over 50 switchbacks on the 1/2-mile trail.

These are the zigzag stairs on the trail to the top of Beacon Rock! There are over 50 switchbacks on the 1/2-mile trail.

These are the zigzag stairs on the trail to the top of Beacon Rock! There are over 50 switchbacks on the 1/2-mile trail. 1196
59 This is the fabulous view of the Columbia River Gorge from the top of Beacon Rock. The gorge was scoured by a massive flood over 15,000 years ago, the water cut through the Cascade Mountain range.

This is the fabulous view of the Columbia River Gorge from the top of Beacon Rock. The gorge was scoured by a massive flood over 15,000 years ago, the water cut through the Cascade Mountain range.

This is the fabulous view of the Columbia River Gorge from the top of Beacon Rock. The gorge was scoured by a massive flood over 15,000 years ago, the water cut through the Cascade Mountain range. 984
60 This little Ground squirrel was hunting for scraps of food that hikers may have dropped at the top of Beacon Rock.

This little Ground squirrel was hunting for scraps of food that hikers may have dropped at the top of Beacon Rock.

This little Ground squirrel was hunting for scraps of food that hikers may have dropped at the top of Beacon Rock. 1182
61 <strong>Large-flowered Cryptantha</strong>
<em>Cryptantha intermedia grandiflora</em>
Beacon Rock State Park, Columbia River Gorge
June 29, 2009

I found this plant growing near the top of Beacon Rock.

Large-flowered Cryptantha Cryptantha intermedia grandiflora Beacon Rock State Park, Columbia River Gorge June 29, 2009 I found this plant growing near the top of Beacon Rock.

Large-flowered Cryptantha Cryptantha intermedia grandiflora Beacon Rock State Park, Columbia River Gorge June 29, 2009 I found this plant growing near the top of Beacon Rock.


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62 <strong>Steller's Jay</strong>
<em>Cyanocitta stelleri</em>
Beacon Rock State Park, Columbia River Gorge
June 29, 2009

I'd been trying to get a photo of one of these birds all week, this one landed in a tree at the top of Beacon Rock.

Steller's Jay Cyanocitta stelleri Beacon Rock State Park, Columbia River Gorge June 29, 2009 I'd been trying to get a photo of one of these birds all week, this one landed in a tree at the top of Beacon Rock.

Steller's Jay Cyanocitta stelleri Beacon Rock State Park, Columbia River Gorge June 29, 2009 I'd been trying to get a photo of one of these birds all week, this one landed in a tree at the top of Beacon Rock. 1110
63 <strong>Hooker's Onion</strong>
<em>Allium acuminatum</em> / Lily Family
Beacon Rock State Park, Columbia River Gorge

Hooker's Onion Allium acuminatum / Lily Family Beacon Rock State Park, Columbia River Gorge

Hooker's Onion Allium acuminatum / Lily Family Beacon Rock State Park, Columbia River Gorge


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64 <strong>Creeping Bellflower</strong>
<em>Campanula rapunulculoides*</em> / Bluebell Family
Columbia River Gorge
June 29, 2009

This is a pretty non-native wildflower. I saw it blooming at a fish hatchery. The last time I saw this Bellflower was in...

Creeping Bellflower Campanula rapunulculoides* / Bluebell Family Columbia River Gorge June 29, 2009 This is a pretty non-native wildflower. I saw it blooming at a fish hatchery. The last time I saw this Bellflower was in...

Creeping Bellflower Campanula rapunulculoides* / Bluebell Family Columbia River Gorge June 29, 2009 This is a pretty non-native wildflower. I saw it blooming at a fish hatchery. The last time I saw this Bellflower was in western Massachusetts.


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65 <strong>Bluebells-of-Scotland</strong>
<em>Campanula rotundifolia</em> / Bluebell Family
Columbia River Gorge (Beacon Rock SP)
June 29, 2009

This is a very pretty little wildflower, one of my favorites! They have such a delicate, thin stem.

Bluebells-of-Scotland Campanula rotundifolia / Bluebell Family Columbia River Gorge (Beacon Rock SP) June 29, 2009 This is a very pretty little wildflower, one of my favorites! They have such a delicate, thin stem.

Bluebells-of-Scotland Campanula rotundifolia / Bluebell Family Columbia River Gorge (Beacon Rock SP) June 29, 2009 This is a very pretty little wildflower, one of my favorites! They have such a delicate, thin stem. 1414
66 The <strong>Bonneville Dam</strong> is the last dam on the Columbia River. Here the water can be seen going through the spillway. There is a fish ladder at the dam that allows salmon and lampreys to swim up the river.

The Bonneville Dam is the last dam on the Columbia River. Here the water can be seen going through the spillway. There is a fish ladder at the dam that allows salmon and lampreys to swim up the river.

The Bonneville Dam is the last dam on the Columbia River. Here the water can be seen going through the spillway. There is a fish ladder at the dam that allows salmon and lampreys to swim up the river. 1059
67 These are the huge generators that produce the electricity at the Bonneville Dam. The water moves through huge pipes into the turbines with such force that there is a constant vibration and dull roar heard in the building.

These are the huge generators that produce the electricity at the Bonneville Dam. The water moves through huge pipes into the turbines with such force that there is a constant vibration and dull roar heard in the building.

These are the huge generators that produce the electricity at the Bonneville Dam. The water moves through huge pipes into the turbines with such force that there is a constant vibration and dull roar heard in the building. 1173
68 This is the view of the Fish Ladder from the outside. I always thought the fish had to jump up the ladder, but there is an opening in the middle of each section for the fish to swim through. Visitors can watch the fish through viewing windows 2 stories...

This is the view of the Fish Ladder from the outside. I always thought the fish had to jump up the ladder, but there is an opening in the middle of each section for the fish to swim through. Visitors can watch the fish through viewing windows 2 stories...

This is the view of the Fish Ladder from the outside. I always thought the fish had to jump up the ladder, but there is an opening in the middle of each section for the fish to swim through. Visitors can watch the fish through viewing windows 2 stories below. 1088
69 We enjoyed seeing the salmon swim up the Fish Ladder. The water was very green and murky, so it was hard to see them unless they swam right next to the window.

We enjoyed seeing the salmon swim up the Fish Ladder. The water was very green and murky, so it was hard to see them unless they swam right next to the window.

We enjoyed seeing the salmon swim up the Fish Ladder. The water was very green and murky, so it was hard to see them unless they swam right next to the window. 1115
70 <strong>Pacific Lamprey</strong>
<em>Lampetra tridentata</em>

Salmon are not the only fish to swim up the fish ladder at the Bonneville Dam. There was a cluster of lampreys just below the window, this one was attached to the glass. Like salmon, the...

Pacific Lamprey Lampetra tridentata Salmon are not the only fish to swim up the fish ladder at the Bonneville Dam. There was a cluster of lampreys just below the window, this one was attached to the glass. Like salmon, the...

Pacific Lamprey Lampetra tridentata Salmon are not the only fish to swim up the fish ladder at the Bonneville Dam. There was a cluster of lampreys just below the window, this one was attached to the glass. Like salmon, these fish live part of their life in freshwater and part in saltwater. These are returning to their spawning grounds up river. Lampreys attach themselves to fish and drink their blood. The following photo shows the freaky mouth and sharp teeth. 1776
71 This is the mouth of the Pacific Lamprey. Unfortunately, this photo was taken through 2"-thick glass, so it didn't come out very clearly. Lampreys are not so bad looking until you see that freaky mouth!

This is the mouth of the Pacific Lamprey. Unfortunately, this photo was taken through 2"-thick glass, so it didn't come out very clearly. Lampreys are not so bad looking until you see that freaky mouth!

This is the mouth of the Pacific Lamprey. Unfortunately, this photo was taken through 2"-thick glass, so it didn't come out very clearly. Lampreys are not so bad looking until you see that freaky mouth! 1143
72 We went through tunnels on Hwy. 14 along the Columbia River Gorge. The layers of volcanic rock is visible in the hillside.

We went through tunnels on Hwy. 14 along the Columbia River Gorge. The layers of volcanic rock is visible in the hillside.

We went through tunnels on Hwy. 14 along the Columbia River Gorge. The layers of volcanic rock is visible in the hillside. 1070
73 <strong>California Poppy</strong>
<em>Eschscholzia californica</em>
Columbia River Gorge
June 29, 2009

California Poppies are not just confined to that state, I've seen them growing in many places out west.

California Poppy Eschscholzia californica Columbia River Gorge June 29, 2009 California Poppies are not just confined to that state, I've seen them growing in many places out west.

California Poppy Eschscholzia californica Columbia River Gorge June 29, 2009 California Poppies are not just confined to that state, I've seen them growing in many places out west.


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74 The wind is very strong through the Columbia River Gorge. We enjoyed watching the sailboarders as they zipped across the water.

The wind is very strong through the Columbia River Gorge. We enjoyed watching the sailboarders as they zipped across the water.

The wind is very strong through the Columbia River Gorge. We enjoyed watching the sailboarders as they zipped across the water. 1075
75 Oregon's <strong>Mt. Hood</strong> is another beautiful volcano in the Cascade range. I was glad we had our DeLorme map book with us, we might have missed this gorgeous sight without it. A short detour off the Interstate 84 led us here.
The fertile va...

Oregon's Mt. Hood is another beautiful volcano in the Cascade range. I was glad we had our DeLorme map book with us, we might have missed this gorgeous sight without it. A short detour off the Interstate 84 led us here. The fertile va...

Oregon's Mt. Hood is another beautiful volcano in the Cascade range. I was glad we had our DeLorme map book with us, we might have missed this gorgeous sight without it. A short detour off the Interstate 84 led us here. The fertile valleys below had vineyards and orchards. 1159
76 <strong>Oregon Stonecrop</strong>
<em>Sedum oreganum</em>
Hood River, OR
June 29, 2009

This plant was in a picnic area near an overlook where we had a spectacular view of Mt. Hood and the valley below.

Oregon Stonecrop Sedum oreganum Hood River, OR June 29, 2009 This plant was in a picnic area near an overlook where we had a spectacular view of Mt. Hood and the valley below.

Oregon Stonecrop Sedum oreganum Hood River, OR June 29, 2009 This plant was in a picnic area near an overlook where we had a spectacular view of Mt. Hood and the valley below.


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77 <strong>Multnomah Falls</strong> is a nice stop just off I-84. Not many interstates have such a spectacular view less than 100 yards away! At 620 feet, it is the second-tallest year-round waterfall in the US. We got there late in the evening, just befo...

Multnomah Falls is a nice stop just off I-84. Not many interstates have such a spectacular view less than 100 yards away! At 620 feet, it is the second-tallest year-round waterfall in the US. We got there late in the evening, just befo...

Multnomah Falls is a nice stop just off I-84. Not many interstates have such a spectacular view less than 100 yards away! At 620 feet, it is the second-tallest year-round waterfall in the US. We got there late in the evening, just before sunset, so the light was great. 1134
78 A second, smaller waterfall plunges below the bridge at Multnomah Falls. Unfortunately, we had a 1-1/2 hour drive ahead of us, so we didn't hike up to the bridge.

A second, smaller waterfall plunges below the bridge at Multnomah Falls. Unfortunately, we had a 1-1/2 hour drive ahead of us, so we didn't hike up to the bridge.

A second, smaller waterfall plunges below the bridge at Multnomah Falls. Unfortunately, we had a 1-1/2 hour drive ahead of us, so we didn't hike up to the bridge. 1135
79 <strong>Spreading Dogbane</strong>
<em>Apocynum androsaemifolium</em>
Columbia River Gorge (Beacon Rock SP)
June 29, 2009

Spreading Dogbane Apocynum androsaemifolium Columbia River Gorge (Beacon Rock SP) June 29, 2009

Spreading Dogbane Apocynum androsaemifolium Columbia River Gorge (Beacon Rock SP) June 29, 2009


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80 <strong>Small-flowered Forget-Me-Not </strong>
<em>Myosotis laxa</em>
Silver Lake, WA
June 28, 2009

I was surprised how many different kinds of Forget-Me-Nots there are in Washington. This kind has quite small flowers. I found this plant growing ...

Small-flowered Forget-Me-Not Myosotis laxa Silver Lake, WA June 28, 2009 I was surprised how many different kinds of Forget-Me-Nots there are in Washington. This kind has quite small flowers. I found this plant growing ...

Small-flowered Forget-Me-Not Myosotis laxa Silver Lake, WA June 28, 2009 I was surprised how many different kinds of Forget-Me-Nots there are in Washington. This kind has quite small flowers. I found this plant growing along the bank of Silver Lake at the Mt. Saint Helens Visitor Center.


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81 Hackelia

Another kind of Forget-Me-Not

Hackelia Another kind of Forget-Me-Not

Hackelia Another kind of Forget-Me-Not 1137
82 It was hard to get used to seeing trees in Washington being treated as a "crop" to be cut down. This hillside shows many different stages in the logging process from the brown clearcut areas to mature trees. Some of the timber companies have signs next...

It was hard to get used to seeing trees in Washington being treated as a "crop" to be cut down. This hillside shows many different stages in the logging process from the brown clearcut areas to mature trees. Some of the timber companies have signs next...

It was hard to get used to seeing trees in Washington being treated as a "crop" to be cut down. This hillside shows many different stages in the logging process from the brown clearcut areas to mature trees. Some of the timber companies have signs next to the farms stating when the trees were planted and when they are scheduled to be harvested. Logging trucks are a common sight on the highways there. 1038
83 When I saw <strong>Rainbow Falls State Park</strong> on the map, it looked like it might be an interesting side trip on our drive back to Seattle. We had to take a bit of a detour to get to the park, the bridge had washed out in a flood. It wasn't a sp...

When I saw Rainbow Falls State Park on the map, it looked like it might be an interesting side trip on our drive back to Seattle. We had to take a bit of a detour to get to the park, the bridge had washed out in a flood. It wasn't a sp...

When I saw Rainbow Falls State Park on the map, it looked like it might be an interesting side trip on our drive back to Seattle. We had to take a bit of a detour to get to the park, the bridge had washed out in a flood. It wasn't a spectacular waterfall (especially after having seen Multnomah Falls!), but the lava rock that it was flowing through was interesting. 1152
84 <strong>Marsh Forget-Me-Not </strong>
<em>Myosotis scorpioides</em> / Borage Family
Pe Ell, WA
June 30, 2009

I was glad to find a wildflower that I hadn't seen on the rest of the trip while we were at Rainbow Falls SP, because I was fascinated by...

Marsh Forget-Me-Not Myosotis scorpioides / Borage Family Pe Ell, WA June 30, 2009 I was glad to find a wildflower that I hadn't seen on the rest of the trip while we were at Rainbow Falls SP, because I was fascinated by...

Marsh Forget-Me-Not Myosotis scorpioides / Borage Family Pe Ell, WA June 30, 2009 I was glad to find a wildflower that I hadn't seen on the rest of the trip while we were at Rainbow Falls SP, because I was fascinated by the name of the town where it was located! I don't know of any other state that has a Pe Ell in it!


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85 We tried to delay our trip back to the hubbub of Seattle as long as possible on our last day. We stopped at Tolmie State Park to enjoy Puget Sound one more time. I watched these Ground wasps as they flew into their holes in the sand. It was fun to watc...

We tried to delay our trip back to the hubbub of Seattle as long as possible on our last day. We stopped at Tolmie State Park to enjoy Puget Sound one more time. I watched these Ground wasps as they flew into their holes in the sand. It was fun to watc...

We tried to delay our trip back to the hubbub of Seattle as long as possible on our last day. We stopped at Tolmie State Park to enjoy Puget Sound one more time. I watched these Ground wasps as they flew into their holes in the sand. It was fun to watch the clams as they squirted water from beneath the sand during low tide. 1153
86 A view of the Olympic Mountains across Puget Sound from Tolmie State Park. I wish we had had time to go to Olympic National Park on this trip, but it just didn't work out. Maybe next time! It is a beautiful park, we visited there during our 1998 trip.

A view of the Olympic Mountains across Puget Sound from Tolmie State Park. I wish we had had time to go to Olympic National Park on this trip, but it just didn't work out. Maybe next time! It is a beautiful park, we visited there during our 1998 trip.

A view of the Olympic Mountains across Puget Sound from Tolmie State Park. I wish we had had time to go to Olympic National Park on this trip, but it just didn't work out. Maybe next time! It is a beautiful park, we visited there during our 1998 trip. 1037
87 Puget Sound seen from the beach at Tolmie State Park. The water was like glass that day. There were lots of scuba divers in the water just off shore.

Puget Sound seen from the beach at Tolmie State Park. The water was like glass that day. There were lots of scuba divers in the water just off shore.

Puget Sound seen from the beach at Tolmie State Park. The water was like glass that day. There were lots of scuba divers in the water just off shore. 1086
88 Dive boats in Puget Sound

Dive boats in Puget Sound

Dive boats in Puget Sound 966
89 <strong>Belted Kingfisher</strong>
<em>Ceryle alcyon</em>
Olympia, WA (Tolmie SP)
June 30, 2009

I enjoyed watching this pair of Kingfishers at the park. They are pretty camera-shy and not willing to let people get very close. It is fun to watch t...

Belted Kingfisher Ceryle alcyon Olympia, WA (Tolmie SP) June 30, 2009 I enjoyed watching this pair of Kingfishers at the park. They are pretty camera-shy and not willing to let people get very close. It is fun to watch t...

Belted Kingfisher Ceryle alcyon Olympia, WA (Tolmie SP) June 30, 2009 I enjoyed watching this pair of Kingfishers at the park. They are pretty camera-shy and not willing to let people get very close. It is fun to watch them dive into the water beak-first to catch fish. 1022
90 Our last diversion stop was at the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge in Olympia. These <strong>Barn Swallow</strong> babies were waiting for their parents to return to the nest with some insects for food. We got to the refuge just after closing time (...

Our last diversion stop was at the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge in Olympia. These Barn Swallow babies were waiting for their parents to return to the nest with some insects for food. We got to the refuge just after closing time (...

Our last diversion stop was at the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge in Olympia. These Barn Swallow babies were waiting for their parents to return to the nest with some insects for food. We got to the refuge just after closing time (4:30 p.m.), so we didn't get to go into the visitor center. But we did get to see these little birds and some bullfrogs in the pond nearby. 1034
91 <strong>Greater Bladderwort</strong>
<em>Utricularia vulgaris</em> 
Olympia, WA (Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge)
June 30, 2009

The large pond at the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge was full of this interesting plant. The most fascinating p...

Greater Bladderwort Utricularia vulgaris Olympia, WA (Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge) June 30, 2009 The large pond at the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge was full of this interesting plant. The most fascinating p...

Greater Bladderwort Utricularia vulgaris Olympia, WA (Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge) June 30, 2009 The large pond at the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge was full of this interesting plant. The most fascinating part of the plant is underwater. It has modified leaves that capture and digest small aquatic organisms!


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92 <strong>Watershield</strong>
<em>Brasenia schreberi</em>
Olympia, WA (Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge)
June 30, 2009

This plant also grew in the large pond at the refuge. I took this photo from the boardwalk with my 300mm telephoto lens. The p...

Watershield Brasenia schreberi Olympia, WA (Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge) June 30, 2009 This plant also grew in the large pond at the refuge. I took this photo from the boardwalk with my 300mm telephoto lens. The p...

Watershield Brasenia schreberi Olympia, WA (Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge) June 30, 2009 This plant also grew in the large pond at the refuge. I took this photo from the boardwalk with my 300mm telephoto lens. The pond was thick with this plant, Duckweed and Bladderwort.


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93 A view of the pond from the boardwalk at the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge.

A view of the pond from the boardwalk at the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge.

A view of the pond from the boardwalk at the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge. 1095
94 The visitor center at the Nisqually NWR

The visitor center at the Nisqually NWR

The visitor center at the Nisqually NWR 1032
95 <strong>Water Plantain</strong> flowers
<em>Alisma plantago-aquatica</em>
Olympia, Washington
Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge
June 30, 2009

Water Plantain flowers Alisma plantago-aquatica Olympia, Washington Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge June 30, 2009

Water Plantain flowers Alisma plantago-aquatica Olympia, Washington Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge June 30, 2009


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96 <strong>Water Plantain</strong> plant
<em>Alisma plantago-aquatica</em>
Olympia, Washington
Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge
June 30, 2009

Water Plantain plant Alisma plantago-aquatica Olympia, Washington Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge June 30, 2009

Water Plantain plant Alisma plantago-aquatica Olympia, Washington Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge June 30, 2009 977
97 <strong>Wood Duck</strong> hen with chicks
<em>Aix sponsa</em>
Olympia, WA (Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge)
June 30, 2009

We enjoyed watching this female Wood Duck with her brood as they swam in the pond. This is one of those times I could ha...

Wood Duck hen with chicks Aix sponsa Olympia, WA (Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge) June 30, 2009 We enjoyed watching this female Wood Duck with her brood as they swam in the pond. This is one of those times I could ha...

Wood Duck hen with chicks Aix sponsa Olympia, WA (Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge) June 30, 2009 We enjoyed watching this female Wood Duck with her brood as they swam in the pond. This is one of those times I could have used a larger lens! 1017
98 I spotted this Woodpecker at the Nisqually NWR

I spotted this Woodpecker at the Nisqually NWR

I spotted this Woodpecker at the Nisqually NWR 1113

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