Album of Captain Point Field Trip

Selected photos (by Rod Crawford & Markku Savela) from our 7 August 2011 spider collecting trip to Captain Point, a mountain in the extreme NE corner of King County, Washington, 5 miles west of Stevens Pass. After lackluster samples at mid-elevation sites on the previous 2 trips, we decided a real mountaintop was needed, and some recent logging roads allowed us to reach fine, formerly inaccessible subalpine habitats here, where I got a nice sample in a fairly short visit. There wasn't much snow, just enough to stop us a half mile from the top. But the mosquitos were hungry!
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2007 aerial photo, south summit of Captain Point, NE King County, Washington spider collecting site near south summit of Captain Point, NE King County, Washington
Logging road approaches south summit        (King County, 2007) Markku at our first stop, remnant natural parkland     © Valentina Anderson
shrubs at edge of tree group, south summit of Captain Point, NE King County, Washington snow on road blocks progress, south summit of Captain Point, NE King County, Washington
Shrubs at edge of tree group        © Rod Crawford One big snowdrift blocks further progress              © Rod Crawford
Spiraea densiflora nar south summit of Captain Point, NE King County, Washington high road bank near south summit of Captain Point, NE King County, Washington
Spiraea densiflora            © Markku Savela Good habitat continues atop the high road bank           © Rod Crawford
Rod Crawford collecting spiders near south summit of Captain Point, NE King County, Washington car and landscape, south summit of Captain Point, NE King County, Washington
Rod sorts through a productive beat sample   © Valentina Anderson Car looks tiny in immense landscape               © Rod Crawford
flower meadow at tree group edge, south summit of Captain Point, NE King County, Washington understory of parkland tree group, south summit of Captain Point, NE King County, Washington
A bit of natural flower meadow        © Rod Crawford Understory of parkland tree group            © Rod Crawford
Markku Savela near south summit of Captain Point, NE King County, Washington south summit of Captain Point, NE King County, Washington
Markku gazes down into the mist           © Rod Crawford Looking up at the south summmit                  © Markku Savela
2 ripe huckleberries, south summit of Captain Point, NE King County, Washington logging road near south summit of Captain Point, NE King County, Washington
Ripe berries at last – but only two!     © Rod Crawford The road that took us to treeline                   © Rod Crawford
snow melts around rocks, south summit of Captain Point, NE King County, Washington clearcut on side ridge of Captain Point, NE King County, Washington
Snow melts around rocks      © Markku Savela Side ridge, clearcut on the near side               © Markku Savela
Lupinus flowers near S summit of Captain Point, NE King County, Washington melting snow, near S summit of Captain Point, NE King County, Washington
Lots of lupine in bloom      © Markku Savela "I'm melting! Melting! Oh, what a world!"               © Rod Crawford
stones on soil near south summit of Captain Point, NE King County, Washington needles of Abies amabilis, near south summit of Captain Point, NE King County, Washington
Rocks ripe for turning over         © Rod Crawford Pacific Silver Fir foliage                © Rod Crawford
Plebejus saepiolus near south summit of Captain Point, NE King County, Washington mountain hemlock Tsuga mertensiana foliage, south summit of Captain Point, NE King County, Washington
Glaucopsyche lygdamus on Tristan's shoe  © Markku Savela Mountain hemlock foliage            © Rod Crawford

We also collected farther down the mountain and in the creek valley below.

2007 aerial photo, east flank of Captain Point, NE King County, Washington boulder-filled swale, east flank of Captain Point, NE King County, Washington
Best site on east flank of Captain Point    (King County, 2007) Boulder-filled swale was a bit hard to traverse           © Rod Crawford
boulders in swale, east flank of Captain Point, NE King County, Washington dead wood, east flank of Captain Point, NE King County, Washington
Giant boulders         © Markku Savela Stump in advanced state of disintegration       © Rod Crawford
natural meadows in distance, east flank of Captain Point, NE King County, Washington cobweb weaver Theridion saanichum from litter, east flank of Captain Point, NE King County, Washington
Enticing natural meadows out of reach    © Rod Crawford Theridion saanichum sifted from fir litter        © Rod Crawford
Cybaeus with green abdomen from wood, east flank of Captain Point, NE King County, Washington meadow too steep to collect on, east flank of Captain Point, NE King County, Washington
Cybaeus with an odd green abdomen      © Rod Crawford Another flowery meadow was too steep for us        © Rod Crawford
forester moth Alypia langtoni, Martin Creek below Captain Point, NE King County, Washington Martin Creek below Captain Point, NE King County, Washington
Alypia langtoni near the creek   © Markku Savela We reached the moutain via Martin Creek        © Rod Crawford
elderberry flower Sambucus racemosa, Martin Creek below Captain Point, NE King County, Washington anglewing butterfly Polygonia zephyra, Martin Creek below Captain Point, NE King County, Washington
Aruncus flowers             © Rod Crawford The Old One: overwintering Polygonia zephyra at least 9 months old!       © Markku Savela

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