Selected photos from a spider collecting field trip to Harper County Park, Kitsap County, Washington, by bus and ferry on 8 June 2009. Photos by Rod
Crawford. A successful trip to some varied and interesting-looking habitats, even though the catch of 30 species included no amazing records. I didn't originally intend to spread my collection over 6 different subsites; that's just where the habitats (grassy field, tidal marsh, beach, buildings, forest, roadside) turned out to be. All were within an area of about 1 square kilometer: on the whole, a nice park, reasonably natural where not overwhelmed by ivy.
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|Aerial view showing 4 of the 6 habitats visited (USGS, 2002)||My ferry approaches Southworth Dock © Rod Crawford|
|First stop, a grassy field south of the park © Rod Crawford||It's nice that such places still exist close to an urban area © Rod Crawford|
|Buttercups and clover among the grass © Rod Crawford||Grass in the field was getting nice and tall © Rod Crawford|
|Looking down the tidal marsh toward Colby Bay © Rod Crawford||Beautiful tidal marsh found through serendipity © Rod Crawford|
|Part of marsh with native Distichlis spicata © Rod Crawford||Tidal mud flat 520 feet upstream from head of bay © Rod Crawford|
|Pebble beach of Colby Bay © Rod Crawford||The public beach of Colby Bay, part of the park © Rod Crawford|
|Beachfront wild rose thicket produced nice spiders © Rod Crawford||Clubiona norvegica inhabited this shrub on the sea wall.
Note bricks from 19th-century Harper Brickyard © Rod Crawford
|Driftwood in the beach meadow © Rod Crawford||Understory foliage hanging down road bank © Rod Crawford|
|Other parts of the park forest are smothered in ivy © Rod Crawford||Maple canopy at site of understory photo above © Rod Crawford|
|Male Protolophus from fir tree, day's last specimen © Rod Crawford||Sailing home again: sun dazzle on the Sound © Rod Crawford|