Yesterday was Biosurvey at Ohop. My love for this place cannot even be diminished by the rain.
Newly arrived swallows; Violet-green, Tree, Barn and Rough-wing were found swooping all over the fields. The Rough-wing traced its way up and down the creek, while the others took higher to the sky.
The creek is flowing deep. During salmon runs it is fairly shallow. If you look closely at the creek you will see a line across. This is a device that counts salmon that have microchips.
We rambled the fields for a soggy 2 1/2 hours looking for signs, sounds and sights of living things. It was slow going. I am happy to say my waterproof pants boots and coat really do the trick. Even they, however, could not keep my electronic data recording device from seizing up.
Another two months and this field will be alive with greenery and, no doubt, bugs galore. The birds eventually will find great feeding in the hundreds of young trees.
The trees and shrubs planted over the last few years are thriving.
Today with rain coming down in buckets I revisited Washington Park to see my flowers. The rain was really coming down as I neared Anacortes, but by the time I parked it was a more sedate rain. I figure as I was going to be in the woods most of the way, it really didn't matter that much. There were only a few souls out. All were well protected from the rain by a wide variety of foul-weather gear.
And I got my prize.
White Fawn Lily are abundant in the mossy glades.
The Calypso Orchids are going strong.
I even found a large number of Coralroot Orchid starting to spike. Right now they look like red asparagus breaking through the forest floor litter. I found them all along my route and I don't remember seeing this many in the past.
On the south slope the Serpintine soil supports a wide array of unusual flowers. Yellow Monkey Flower decorate the rock faces
Spring Gold, Sea Blush, Blue-eyed Mary and buttercup carpet the open slopes.
The rare Puget Sound Juniper thrives on these slopes.
A Banana Slug slips easily along the glacier gouged Serpentine rocks.
That is the front of my size 11 Ahnu boot so you can appreciate how big this fat fellow is.
I officially love my boots. I got a gel insert and now they fit perfectly! They are comfy and waterproof too!
Perhaps next weekend we will see how the comfy boots face the threat of cactus