Album of Cougar Flat Campground Field Trip

Selected photos (by Rod Crawford and Laurel Ramseyer) from our 3 July 2011 spider collecting trip to Cougar Flat Campground, NW Yakima County, Washington. Our second site of the day (visited for a Ponderosa pine cone sample), it was tough to get a full 21 species here but we just managed, including the very rare Theridion michelbacheri. The campground is closed to campers (a fact unknown to most websites) for reasons that became obvious, but it welcomed spider collectors!
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entrance sign for Cougar Flat Campground, Yakima County, Washington short grass meadow across road from Cougar Flat Campground, Yakima County, Washington
At the road, all looks perfectly normal   © Rod Crawford Meadow with grass too short to sweep            © Laurel Ramseyer
closed sign at Cougar Flat Campground, Yakima County, Washington flood-damaged road at Cougar Flat Campground, Yakima County, Washington
Wonder why the camp's closed?        © Rod Crawford For one thing, this was a road before the flood            © Rod Crawford
destroyed picnic table, Cougar Flat Campground, Yakima County, Washington destroyed picnic table, Cougar Flat Campground, Yakima County, Washington
Oops, dropped something          © Laurel Ramseyer Wouldn't that have been the picnic from hell!             © Rod Crawford
collecting gear on table, Cougar Flat Campground, Yakima County, Washington beaver dam on Bumping River, Cougar Flat Campground, Yakima County, Washington
Intact table was my collecting HQ      © Rod Crawford Beaver dam on the Bumping River              © Rod Crawford
cobweb weaver Theridion lawrencei, Cougar Flat Campground, Yakima County, Washington cobweb weaver Theridion michelbacheri, Cougar Flat Campground, Yakima County, Washington
Theridion lawrencei is not uncommon   © Rod Crawford Theridion michelbacheri is extremely rare         © Rod Crawford
funnel web of Novalena in ponderosa pine cone, Cougar Flat Campground, Yakima County, Washington spider exuvium in ponderosa pine cone, Cougar Flat Campground, Yakima County, Washington
Miniature funnel web in a cone   © Laurel Ramseyer Spider exuvium in pine cone                © Laurel Ramseyer
juvenile funnel weaver Novalena intermedia, Cougar Flat Campground, Yakima County, Washington crab spider Philodromus rufus with sciarid gnat prey, Cougar Flat Campground, Yakima County, Washington
Novalena intermedia from pine cone         © Laurel Ramseyer Philodromus rufus with sciarid gnat prey            © Laurel Ramseyer
juvenile Xysticus crab spider, Cougar Flat Campground, Yakima County, Washington grand fir foliage Abies grandis, Cougar Flat Campground, Yakima County, Washington
Juvenile Xysticus crab spider          © Laurel Ramseyer Grand fir foliage, Abies grandis               © Rod Crawford
vanillaleaf, Anennaria,  Cougar Flat Campground, Yakima County, Washington vanillaleaf understory in forest at Cougar Flat Campground, Yakima County, Washington
Vanillaleaf, Achlys sp.…        © Rod Crawford …dominated the forest understory              © Laurel Ramseyer
log with loose bark, Cougar Flat Campground, Yakima County, Washington snow on Chinook Pass, WA on 3 July 2011
Log with loose bark (& spiders)       © Rod Crawford Meanwhile, back at the pass                  © Rod Crawford
Laurel Ramseyer and ponderosa pine trunk at Cougar Flat Campground, Yakima County, Washington sunset behind Mount Rainier from Chinook Pass, Washington on 3 July 2011
Laurel and friend       © Laurel Ramseyer's camera Mt. Rainier from Chinook Pass at sunset                 © Rod Crawford


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