The Daily Bucket is a regular feature of the Backyard Science group. It is a place to note any observations you have made of the world around you. Snails, fish, insects, weather, meteorites, climate, birds and/or flowers. All are worthy additions to the bucket. Each note is a record that we can refer to in the future as we try to understand the patterns that are quietly unwinding around us. Please let us know what is going on around you in a comment. Include, as close as is comfortable for you, where you are located.
By now regular bucketeers should be familiar with Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park. Milly Watt has posted several diaries on the phenology of the wildflowers and, at her encouragement and that of other Washington bucketeers, I visited HR on July 1. I have diaried about the rather spectacular mammal activities already and am now following up with my own wildflower observations.
The species I saw were similar to those seen by Milly on her last visit which was 20 days earlier on June 11. In fact, conveniently, I was able to identify almost every flower I photographed using her diary. Her advance heavy lifting on the ID end made this an easy diary to prepare.
Unfortunately I can't claim that this was a complete list. Due to a rather serious road accident involving a chemical spill on a two lane highway our arrival at the trail head was delayed until late in the day. Although with the long hours of daylight we still had time for the hike I didn't linger and photograph quite as much as I would have otherwise. As a result I probably missed some of the less common species along the way.
Anyway here is the rest of what I documented. Please let me know if I have messed up any IDs.
Areas of the slope could be fairly barren as in this image or more lush as you will see in other photos. This photo documents two common flowers that I otherwise failed to photograph: Broadleaf lupine, Lupinus latifolius and the low growing white flower that wasn't photographed well. All three of these were extremely common
Let's finish with a few animal photos for balance.
Non-native Mountain Goat. This was an odd experience for me. I'd never seen a mountain goat before and I'd always imagined getting a distance view of one on a far slope. Not a highly acclimated to humans 'pest' individual like this one. It was not afraid of people and actually seemed inclined to be somewhat aggressive. The signage encouraged hikers to scare them away.
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