3.28.2015

Fauna of South Sister, Oregon

South Sister from the south

Here's my collection of fauna from my trip to the top of South Sister in Oregon. I didn't have a lot of time to take pictures of wildflowers and plants along the way as the hike was a long one and we had limited time.
Enjoy the pictures. The plants pictured below were very common along the trail. These plants are only a few of the vast amount of fauna around South Sister. 

Alpine Buckwheat
Eriogonum pyrolifolium
If you take the time to smell this plant's flowers you'll know why the common name is 'dirty socks'

Paintbrush
Castilleja
I'm not sure which species of Paintbrush this is. If you know please let me know.



Dwarf Mountain Lupine
Lupinus lyallii

Possibly....
Sulphur Buckwheat
Eriogonum umbellatum


Partridgefoot
Luetkea pectinata

Tolmie's Saxifrage
Saxifraga tolmiei

Davidson's Penstemon
Penstemon davidsonii

Not sure what type of grass this is but i found it above 9,000 ft

I'm guessing here...
Mountain Arnica
Arnica latifolia
If eaten this plant will cause a rise in body temperature.If applied on skin it is an antiseptic. Europeans and North Americans used Arnica in herbal remedies.

Can you find the frog?

Can you find the ground squirrel?



Common names, scientific names and all info for each plant was taken from "Plants of the Pacific Northwest Coast" by Pojar and Mackinnon

3.14.2015

Birds of Discovery Park Seattle, WA

It was a beautiful winter day in Seattle a couple weeks ago so i spend an afternoon at Discovery Park.
Seattle's biggest park it sits magically on the Puget Sound. I've spent many sunny days at discovery park as it offers biking, hiking, walking and running trails. It also provides Beach combing, tidal pools, birding viewing, a lighthouse, native plant life etc. My goal was to learn how to capture some time lapse videos but as you can see below i also captured some bird life!
If my I.D. any birds is wrong please let me know!!!


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Chestnut-Backed Chickadee
Poecile rufescens

Black-Chinned Hummingbird
Archilochus alexandri

Black-Chinned Hummingbird

Black-Chinned Hummingbird

California Sea LionZalophus californianus

Male Bufflehead
Bucephala albeola

Female Bufflehead

Female Bufflehead

Female Bufflehead

Male Bufflehead


Glaucous-Winged Gull
Larus glaucescens

Red-Necked Grebe

Red-Necked Grebe
Podiceps grisegena



Female Common Goldeneye

Male Common Goldeneye
Bucephala clangula