Album of Gold Creek Trail Field Trip

Selected photos by Rod Crawford and Laurel Ramseyer from our 24 October 2017 spider collecting trip to Gold Creek Trail in Green Mountain State Forest, Kitsap County, Washington. We had a beautiful fall day to hike through varied, lovely habitats; unfortunately the marshes required rubber boots for access, at least for wimps like us. But we got 41 spider species from forest, creekside and clearcut in a small area. Laurel found only one spider in conifer cones and decided to post no account of the day.
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aerial view of upper Gold Creek Trail, Kitsap County, Washington fall color of cottonwoods in parking lot, Gold Creek Trailhead, Kitsap County, Washington
Wetlands, forests & clearcuts (our sites in red)   (Kitsap County, 2015) Colorful cottonwoods around parking lo              © Rod Crawford
massive cottonwood trunk near Gold Creek Trailhead, Kitsap County, Washington Gold Creek Trailhead, Kitsap County, Washington
Massive cottonwood trunk along trail       © Rod Crawford Trailhead in a recent alder grove              © Rod Crawford
Rod Crawford on Gold Creek Trail, Kitsap County, Washington Gold Creek at Gold Creek Trail bridge, Kitsap County, Washington
Rod proceeding up the trail       © Laurel Ramseyer Gold Creek where the trail crosses it        © Rod Crawford
Beaver marsh along Gold Creek Trail, Kitsap County, Washington Spiraea stand in beaver marsh along Gold Creek Trail, Kitsap County, Washington
Beaver marsh had lovely-looking habitats  © Rod Crawford Including a solid stand of Spiraea                © Laurel Ramseyer
marginal ditch of beaver marsh, Gold Creek/Davis Trail, Kitsap County, Washington marginal ditch of beaver marsh, Gold Creek/Davis Trail, Kitsap County, Washington
Unfortunately there's a marginal ditch   © Laurel Ramseyer …all the way around, wherever we looked            © Rod Crawford
male Ceraticelus fissiceps on bridge railing, Gold Creek/Davis Trail, Kitsap County, Washington work of beavers, Gold Creek/Davis Trail, Kitsap County, Washington
Male Ceraticelus fissiceps on railing      © Laurel Ramseyer Beavers are responsible for it all                 © Rod Crawford
Bassaniana utahensis crab spider on bridge railing, Gold Creek/Davis Trail, Kitsap County, Washington Laurel Ramseyer on trail bridge, Gold Creek/Davis Trail, Kitsap County, Washington
Bassaniana utahensis on railing      © Laurel Ramseyer Laurel seeking photo ops on a trail bridge              © Rod Crawford
female microspider Ceraticelus fissiceps on bridge railing, Gold Creek/Davis Trail, Kitsap County, Washington trailside bank with Polystichum fern, Gold Creek/Davis Trail, Kitsap County, Washington
Female Ceraticelus fissiceps         © Laurel Ramseyer Productive sword ferns hang down bank            © Rod Crawford
sword fern understory Polystichum munitum, Gold Creek/Davis Trail, Kitsap County, Washington male crab spider Xysticus montanensis, Gold Creek/Davis Trail, Kitsap County, Washington
Understory likewise fern-rich      © Rod Crawford Xysticus montanensis male               © Rod Crawford
American house spider Achaearanea tepidariorum under bridge railing, Gold Creek/Davis Trail, Kitsap County, Washington juvenile jumping spider Pelegrina sp. on bridge railing, Gold Creek/Davis Trail, Kitsap County, Washington
Acharaeanea tepidariorum far from civilization!   © Laurel Ramseyer Juvenile Pelegrina jumping spider               © Laurel Ramseyer
red cedar Thuja plicata foliage, Gold Creek/Davis Trail, Kitsap County, Washington salal Gaultheria shallon at marsh edge, Gold Creek/Davis Trail, Kitsap County, Washington
Trailside red cedar foliage           © Rod Crawford Salal along edge of marsh                       © Laurel Ramseyer
Douglas-fir cone beside trail, Gold Creek/Davis Trail, Kitsap County, Washington Laurel Ramseyer tapping conifer cones, Gold Creek/Davis Trail, Kitsap County, Washington
Open Douglas-fir cone beside trail      © Rod Crawford Laurel tapping 50 cones, getting one solitary spider!       © Rod Crawford
Bathyphantes malkini Linyphiidae from streamside foliage, Gold Creek/Davis Trail, Kitsap County, Washington bank of upper Gold Creek, Gold Creek/Davis Trail, Kitsap County, Washington
Bathyphantes malkini      © Rod Crawford Bank of short connecting Gold Creek segment             © Laurel Ramseyer
juvenile Araneus orbweaver from clearcut, Gold Creek/Davis Trail, Kitsap County, Washington clearcut above trail, Gold Creek/Davis Trail, Kitsap County, Washington
Juvenile Araneus from clearcut            © Rod Crawford Clearcut where Laurel got a great sweep sample              © Rod Crawford
sun-bleached dead wood in clearcut, Gold Creek/Davis Trail, Kitsap County, Washington sunset near Bremerton, Washington on 24 October 2017
Sun-bleached wood in clearcut       © Laurel Ramseyer Sunset near Bremerton                         © Rod Crawford


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