Album of South Fork Manastash Creek Field Trip

Selected photos by Rod Crawford and Laurel Ramseyer from our 7 April 2016 spider collecting trip to the south fork of Manastash Creek (at Barber Springs Road), Kittitas County, Washington. Selected for its promise of pine cones and moderate temperatures on a hot day, the site paid off in both respects. Patches of melting snow (at 3100 feet elevation) and lack of much spring growth didn't materially interfere with spider collecting; we got about 30 species including some good records, and discovered unusually intensive use of pine cones for Xysticus locuples molting. Also see Laurel's blog post here!
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2015 aerial view of South Fork Manastash Creek at Barber Spring Road, Kittitas County, Washington snowy ridges across Lake Keechelus from Interstate 90, near Snoqualmie Pass, Washington
Summer aerial view of our field site  (Kittitas County, 2015) Snowy ridges across Lake Keechelus from I-90          © Rod Crawford
Laurel Ramseyer tapping pine cones, South Fork Manastash Creek at Barber Spring Road, Kittitas County, Washington view of site from under pine trees, South Fork Manastash Creek at Barber Spring Road, Kittitas County, Washington
Laurel tapping pine cones         © Rod Crawford Laurel's view from under the pines              © Laurel Ramseyer
ponderosa pine cone, South Fork Manastash Creek at Barber Spring Road, Kittitas County, Washington male crab spider Xysticus locuples from pine cone, South Fork Manastash Creek at Barber Spring Road, Kittitas County, Washington
Ponderosa pine cone            © Laurel Ramseyer Xysticus locuples dominated the pine cone sample         © Laurel Ramseyer
carapace of Xysticus locuples crab spider, South Fork Manastash Creek at Barber Spring Road, Kittitas County, Washington juvenile ground spider Gnaphosa sp. from pine cones, South Fork Manastash Creek at Barber Spring Road, Kittitas County, Washington
Carapace of Xysticus locuples       © Rod Crawford Gnaphosa sp., also from pine cones         © Laurel Ramseyer
exuvium of crab spider Xysticus locuples, South Fork Manastash Creek at Barber Spring Road, Kittitas County, Washington car under big pine trees, South Fork Manastash Creek at Barber Spring Road, Kittitas County, Washington
Exuviae prove X. locuples molt in pine cones     © Laurel Ramseyer Laurel's car dwarfed by big pine trees                  © Rod Crawford
ponderosa pine foliage, South Fork Manastash Creek at Barber Spring Road, Kittitas County, Washington Laurel Ramseyer sifting pine needle litter, South Fork Manastash Creek at Barber Spring Road, Kittitas County, Washington
Pine foliage             © Rod Crawford Laurel sifting pine needle litter               © Rod Crawford
cheliferid pseudoscorpion from pine cone, South Fork Manastash Creek at Barber Spring Road, Kittitas County, Washington South Fork Manastash Creek at Barber Spring Road, Kittitas County, Washington
This cheliferid was common on pine bark     © Laurel Ramseyer The snow-melt-swollen South Fork          © Rod Crawford
snow melt water channel (freshet) at South Fork Manastash Creek at Barber Springs Road, Kittitas County, Washington snow on north facing slope, South Fork Manastash Creek at Barber Springs Road, Kittitas County, Washington
Freshets everywhere from snow-melt      © Rod Crawford Lots more snow waiting to melt          © Laurel Ramseyer
Polygonia anglewing butterfly on mud, South Fork Manastash Creek at Barber Springs Road, Kittitas County, Washington melting snow and mud, South Fork Manastash Creek at Barber Springs Road, Kittitas County, Washington
Snow-melt mud attracted a Polygonia    © Rod Crawford "I'm melting! Melting! Oh, what a world…"              © Rod Crawford
cottonwood leaf litter in situ, South Fork Manastash Creek at Barber Springs Road, Kittitas County, Washington cottonwood leaf litter in sifter, South Fork Manastash Creek at Barber Springs Road, Kittitas County, Washington
Productive cottonwood litter         © Rod Crawford Cottonwood litter in sifter             © Rod Crawford
colorful unidentified beetle from cottonwood litter, South Fork Manastash Creek at Barber Springs Road, Kittitas County, Washington leafless cottonwood, evergreen Douglas-fir at South Fork Manastash Creek at Barber Springs Road, Kittitas County, Washington
Dazzling, unidentified beetle from litter     © Rod Crawford Early spring: leafless versus evergreen                    © Rod Crawford
large cottonwood trunk, South Fork Manastash Creek at Barber Springs Road, Kittitas County, Washington riparian habitats with leafless cottonwood, South Fork Manastash Creek at Barber Springs Road, Kittitas County, Washington
Big & little cottonwoods form thicket     © Rod Crawford Riparian habitat with leafless cottonwood              © Laurel Ramseyer
Rod Crawford in cottonwood thicket, South Fork of Manastash Creek at Barber Springs Road, Kittitas County, Washington Canyon rim, South Fork of Manastash Creek at Barber Springs Road, Kittitas County, Washington
Rod's protective coloration           © Laurel Ramseyer Canyon rim               © Laurel Ramseyer
fire-scarred Ponderosa pine trunk, South Fork of Manastash Creek at Barber Springs Road, Kittitas County, Washington entrance of mysterious roadside cave or tunnel, South Fork of Manastash Creek at Barber Springs Road, Kittitas County, Washington
Prominent fire scars on big pines        © Rod Crawford Mysterious roadside cave or tunnel       © Laurel Ramseyer
rocks below road, South Fork of Manastash Creek at Barber Springs Road, Kittitas County, Washington mysterious cave or tunnel, South Fork of Manastash Creek at Barber Springs Road, Kittitas County, Washington
Lots of rocks to turn over         © Rod Crawford Laurel found no spiders inside the tunnel             © Laurel Ramseyer
Rod Crawford finding Phrurotimpus parallelus under a rock, South Fork of Manastash Creek at Barber Springs Road, Kittitas County, Washington Stuart Range viewed from Interstate 90 near Ilndian John Hill, Kittitas County, Washington
The rock that had the good spider    © Laurel Ramseyer Stuart Range from the freeway                    © Rod Crawford
Mountain High Hamburgers, Easton, Washington sunset from Interstate 90 near Cle Elum, Washington on 7 April 2016
The burgers and shakes hit ths spot        © Rod Crawford Sun sets under jet contrail as we head for home          © Rod Crawford


This page last updated 14 April, 2016