Photo of the Week – August 30, 2011

Bee collecting pollen on a dahlia
Seattle, WA
August 30, 2011





Photo of the Week - August 28, 2011

Blue Pond Damselflies Mating
Capitol Lake
Olympia, WA
August 28, 2011

University of Puget Sound database and reference material on dragonflies
National Geographic article on the mating habits of dragonflies



Photo of the Week - August 19, 2011

Visitor Center and freshwater ponds in the early evening
Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge
Olympia, Washington
August 19, 2011

Photo of the Week - August 9, 2011


Cedar waxwing eating serviceberry fruit
Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge
Olympia, Washington
August 9, 2011

I came back to the refuge a couple of days after these photos were taken. The bushes near the parking lot, which only days before had been loaded with plump fruity serviceberries, were denuded and looked as though they had not borne fruit all summer. Such is a testament to the skills and thorough nature of the team of hungry waxwings.

Photo of the Week - August 8, 2011

Garter snake basking in the summer warmth
McLane Creek Nature Trail, Olympia, WA
August 8, 2011

One of the great joys of hiking in the woods in the Puget Sound lowlands is seeing all of the critters. In the summer time we are lucky to have a wide variety of residents and visiting birds. At McLane Creek ponds, we also can see the occasional beaver, rabbit and other rodent. In addition, if one walks lightly along the boardwalk and looks carefully a few feet ahead one might just see a beautiful Garter snake enjoying the warmth of the sun drenched boards. Their S shapes, coils and rounded curves are always a geometric delight.

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