Album of Kelcema Lake Field Trip

Selected photos (by Rod Crawford, Markku Savela and Della Scott) from a 3 August 2011 spider collecting trip to Kelcema Lake and vicinity, Snohomish County, Washington. The previous week's anemic catch at Jack Pass (2590' elevation) inspired me to try a bit higher (3200'), but it wasn't quite high enough! Collecting from mountain lake shore, forest, a small bog, a mine and a waterfall gave me just 19 species for a hard day's work. It was an interesting and scenic day, though. We hope to supplement the too-small sample on a side trip from other collecting this fall.
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1989 aerial photo of Kelcema Lake, Snohomish County, Washington snow bridge on trail to Kelcema Lake, Snohomish County, Washington
Lake from the air                (USGS, 1989) Snow bridge on the trail         © Della Scott
chocolate lily Fritillaria sp., trail to Kelcema Lake, Snohomish County, Washington Small bog beside trail to Kelcema Lake, Snohomish County, Washington
Spooky blackish Fritillaria in bog          © Markku Savela Small bog beside trail to lake              © Rod Crawford
surface flora of small bog beside trail to Kelcema Lake, Snohomish County, Washington waterfall on Deer Creek by trail to Kelcema Lake, Snohomish County, Washington
Bog surface       © Rod Crawford Trailside falls just below lake                © Rod Crawford
web of orbweaver Tetragnatha versicolor in bog by trail to Kelcema Lake, Snohomish County, Washington Kelcema Lake, Snohomish County, Washington
Tetragnatha versicolor web in bog    © Rod Crawford We alll made it to the lake!              © Rod Crawford
flower of Menziesia ferruginea Kelcema Lake, Snohomish County, Washington view across Kelcema Lake, Snohomish County, Washington
Menziesia flowers – not huckleberry as I thought   © Rod Crawford Scenic canyon across the lake         © Rod Crawford
patch of Sphagnum moss on shore of Kelcema Lake, Snohomish County, Washington shore of Kelcema Lake, Snohomish County, Washington
Small Sphagnum patch at water's edge   © Rod Crawford Lake shore with reflection of opposite hill                © Rod Crawford
alpine heather Phyllodoce empetriformis at Kelcema Lake, Snohomish County, Washington Della Scott at Kelcema Lake, Snohomish County, Washington
Alpine heather, Phyllodoce empetriformis     © Rod Crawford Della poses by the lake            © Rod Crawford
mountain hemlock Tsuga mertensiana at Kelcema Lake, Snohomish County, Washington floating logs in a bay of Kelcema Lake, Snohomish County, Washington
Mountain hemlock foliage         © Rod Crawford Little bay of the lake was full of logs            © Rod Crawford
outhouse sign at Kelcema Lake, Snohomish County, Washington Rod guides Della to the return trail at Kelcema Lake, Snohomish County, Washington
Outhouse this way? We never found it    © Rod Crawford Rod guides Della to the return trail            © Markku Savela
conifer litter and hemlock cones at Kelcema Lake, Snohomish County, Washington Townsend's chipmunk at Kelcema Lake, Snohomish County, Washington
Conifer litter produced very little          © Markku Savela Your friendly neighborhood chipmunk            © Markku Savela

After returning to the car, I hoped to get additional species at the (abandoned) St. Louis Mine and St. Louis Falls.

upper portal of St. Louis Mine, Deer Creek, Snohomish County, Washington upper adit of St. Louis Mine, Deer Creek, Snohomish County, Washington
Portal of the mine had webs, but no spiders    © Rod Crawford Beyond the entrance, nothing but rotting timbers            © Rod Crawford
brink of waterfall from above near St. Louis Mine, Deer Creek, Snohomish County, Washington upper waterfall near St. Louis Mine, Deer Creek, Snohomish County, Washington
Brink of the main St. Louis Falls    © Rod Crawford Upper falls                  © Rod Crawford
dwarf dogwood Cornus canadensis, St. Louis Mine, Deer Creek, Snohomish County, Washington stump with dead wood habitat, St. Louis Mine, Deer Creek, Snohomish County, Washington
Cornus canadensis in forest     © Rod Crawford Stump with not-too-productive dead wood habitat     © Rod Crawford

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