Category Archives: flora


Shrub Leafing out

This shrub has been fooled by the warm January. If I think to check later in the year, I’ll try to figure out what it is (assuming it hasn’t been killed by later cold).

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Christmas Bird Count

View Larger Map My track from this year’s bird count. On this year’s Christmas Bird Count I had selected 3 or 4 routes covering neighborhoods in the central area of town. I walked for nearly 7 hours and covered 13 … Continue reading

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Fall (new) leaves on Sitka Alder

Yesterday I noticed several Sitka Alder with new leaves. Some of them were clearly still developing, and given the lateness of season, I thought this seemed odd. I am guessing the warm August/September (so far – though it seems to … Continue reading

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Fallen Tree Smells of Licorice

Last fall or early winter, a good-sized spruce near the trail fell over in Totem Park. It caught my attention today when I walked by and noticed the smell of licorice. I think it’s from the rotting wood, but I … Continue reading

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Starrigavan Recreation Area

I don’t walk around at Starrigavan too often, but today took some time to look at plants (and also caught a small as yet unidentified moth which I photographed later). I didn’t realize how common Western Buttercup (Ranunculus occidentalis) is … Continue reading

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Evening Outing

This morning’s walk didn’t yield any photos, though I did see 5 yellowlegs – I thought a mix of Greater and Lesser, but I didn’t see them well enough to be sure. However, I did not find yesterday evening’s Black-bellied … Continue reading

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