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 and got the Common Aerial Yellow Jacket (Dolichovespula arenaria) back as the id. I still … Read more
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 the water column while slowly drifting on the current past Magic Island. This jellyfish can … Read more
On a late July hike, I noticed what appeared to be some sort of silken egg sack/case hanging from a sedge in a muskeg in Indian River valley. I wondered if it might be from a spider, since I couldn’t think of anything else that might have enough silk to make such a case. Still, … Read more
Normally, when my parents’ early August visit is too early for the blueberries to be ripe on Harbor Mountain. However, with this year’s minimal snow pack and early melt, I thought there was a chance some would be ripe, and had suggested that we go up there an look. After I got back from pick-up … Read more
Connor has been wanting to get over to Heart Lake to go fishing for trout with his grandpa. The first time they tried (without me), they all turned back after seeing a sign indicating a sow with a cub had charged someone on the trail a day or two earlier. Today we all headed out … Read more
Pictures from a walk to Totem Park.