Selected photos by Rod
Crawford from my Friday 13 March 2015 spider collecting trip to a tract of Island County-owned forest on south Whidbey Island, Washington. I'd found no evidence of any development here, but it turns out there's a very nice improved trail that took me to good (and peaceful) natural forest habitat in no time. I had less luck in finding non-forest habitats to supplement the forest spiders, but still managed to come up with 27 species on this mostly-cloudy day.
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|Trail runs south through forest on left (Island County, 1997)||Crossing Possession Sound straits on the ferry © Rod Crawford|
|I can just hear Dale and Roy singing "Happy Trails"
© Rod Crawford
|Despite the smarmy sign, it did turn out to be a happy trail © Rod Crawford|
|Mainly-fern understory © Rod Crawford||Mainly-salal understory directly across trail © Rod Crawford|
|Salal foliage © Rod Crawford||Female pirate spider, Ero canionis © Rod Crawford|
|Six-eyed Usofila pacifica © Rod Crawford||My collecting headquarters on a big log © Rod Crawford|
|Thick moss added four species © Rod Crawford||Red cedar foliage makes filigree against the sky © Rod Crawford|
|Douglas-fir foliage unexpectedly unproductive © Rod Crawford||Unofficial trail beyond the improved portion © Rod Crawford|
|I didn't continue beyond this ravine © Rod Crawford||Road named after the historic Craw Family (really!) © Rod Crawford|
|I was desperate enought to beat roadside broom © Rod Crawford||I even managed to sweep this short grass © Rod Crawford|
|While waiting for the bus I could see this wetland © Rod Crawford||At the ferry dock I could marvel at snowless Mt. Pilchuck © Rod Crawford|