Author Archives: matt goff

About matt goff

I am an aspiring naturalist who seeks to learn all that I can about the more-than-human aspects of this place that is my home.

Menzies’ Burnet (Sanguisorba menziesii)

Menzies’ Burnet (Sanguisorba menziesii) along Harbor Mountain Trail Menzies’ Burnet (Sanguisorba menziesii) is the least common of the burnets found around Sitka. It’s my understanding that it came about as a hybridization of the two more common species Canadian burnet … Continue reading

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Humidity

Fog formed over the cooler water of Indian River I’m not sure, but I think the 3.8 inches of rain that fell Sunday set a record for the date. Saturday had merely 1.24 inches while today was a practically Atacama-like … Continue reading

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More on Coccolithophores

Photo linked from the Earth Observatory page (larger versions available there) After recent observations of the greening of Silver Bay and the suggestion that the cause was a coccolithophore bloom, I was interested to see the photo above on NASA’s … Continue reading

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Sand Trails on Rock

I almost passed by without noticing the odd streak of sand across a face of the rock embedded in the beach. I was in a broad transition zone between the sandy lower beach and loose cobbles at the base of … Continue reading

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Yellow Jacket Gathering Wood Fiber

Earlier this year I posted about yellow jacket scrape marks on my deck. The activity has continued throughout the summer and I finally got around to trying to capture (digitally) one of the workers. I posted a photo on bugguide … Continue reading

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Lion’s Mane Jellyfish (Cyanea capillata)

Lion’s Mane Jellyfish (Cyanea capillata) seem to be fairly common around Sitka. Sometimes they wash up on shore dead (which is how I usually find them), but this one was fun to watch as it moved up and down through … Continue reading

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