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Sunday, June 2, 2013

Colorful Day

Made a quick escape to Hoypus Hill on North Whidbey Island.  Coralroot orchids were the target and one rare type, the Ozette was the desire of my hunt.  Sorry to say I did not locate the Ozette I had found there before but it was a pretty day out.  It was very unexpectedly warm and sunny.  I entered the woods to gray cloudy skies and exited to sharp blue and clear.


Western Coralroot (Corallorhiza maculata) orchid

Creamy yellow : a pale form of the Western Coralroot

Red  : Net-winged Beetle (Dictyopterus simplicipes) on a Douglas Fir cone

Neapolitan : Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)

Orange :  Butt view of a Bombus bee in Orange Honeysuckle( Lonicera ciliosa)

Green: Deer Fern (Blechnum spicant)

Rust : Song Sparrow ( Melospiza melodia) gathering food for nestlings.  2 small wormy bits in the bill

Purple : Purple Martins (Progne subis) nesting at the marina at Hoypus Hill.  This is the female ( male behind) at their nest box

Male Purple Martin

Tasty Color: Sweet D's Shrimp Shack is open for the season.  New this year an inside dining area and a BBQ pit.

Fresh Coon-striped Shrimp

Artfully colorful:  The Tri Dee Art Supply store in Mt Vernon.  The I-5 detour ( southbound from Anacortes) takes you past the store.


  1. Nice series of shots. That almost all-yellow Western Coralroot makes me want to go back to Hoypus for another look. Not quite the alba form but very close. You missed a great trip Saturday. That population of Cyps was amazing with all the different forms growing together. If you are able in the very near future to get out there, I can tell you where to find them. It's quite a trip, though.

  2. Afraid that trip is for next year, Ron, I cannot get over that way until later next month.

  3. Thanks for the reminder about Stonerose, Marti. We're out that way this week and if we have time will stop. We have a grandson with us who'd really enjoy some fossil hunting.

  4. Hi Marti. What a great colourful 'escape' you had. The orchids are beautiful as is that orange beetle. It is unusual to see Martins standing still isn't it? Great shots.
    Thanks for the information on Blue Jays....much appreciated. I hope however many nestlings they have do survive as the Crow/Jay competition around here is very fierce.