Album of Tornow (Grove) Cemetery Field Trip

Selected photos by Rod Crawford and Laurel Ramseyer from our 31 October 2021 spider collecting trip to Tornow Cemetery (a.k.a. Grove Cemetery), Scott Prairie and Martins Bridge, far western Mason County, Washington. Laurel wanted to collect in a cemetery in honor of Halloween. It was productive but had nothing especially rare, though the grave of John Tornow was worth visiting. Scott Prairie was one of those interesting habitats that has been returned to its former grassland state by logging, but fall was not the right time to get all the good prairie spiders there. Martins Bridge across Decker Creek had some good habitats and we got 42 species altogether.
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2018 aerial photo of Tornow Cemetery, Mason County, Washington sunny scene at Tornow Cemetery, Mason County, Washington
Tornow Cemetery         (Mason County, 2018) No Halloween night gloom in bright and sunny cemetery        © Rod Crawford
grave of John Tornow, the Wild Man of the Wynoochee, Tornow Cemetery, Mason County, Washington ferns at edge of Tornow Cemetery, Mason County, Washington
The Wild Man of the Wynoochee           © Rod Crawford Fern and salal contributed habitat along the edge              © Rod Crawford
western thatching ant nest, Tornow Cemetery, Mason County, Washington conifer foliage, edge of Tornow Cemetery, Mason County, Washington
We found several active thatching ant nests          © Rod Crawford There was plenty of productive conifer foliage                © Rod Crawford
broom near Martins Bridge, Mason County, Washington jumping spider Salticus scenicus on tombstone, Tornow Cemetery, Mason County, Washington
There was a broom stand in one corner     © Rod Crawford Salticus scenicus on a tombstone                      © Laurel Ramseyer
linyphiid spider Helophora reducta on tombstone, Tornow Cemetery, Mason County, Washington spider web on letter B of tombstone, Tornow Cemetery, Mason County, Washington
Helophora reducta             © Laurel Ramseyer Mystery web in a raised B on a tombstone                 © Laurel Ramseyer
Pardosa on a grave, Tornow Cemetery, Mason County, Washington alternate name Grove, Tornow Cemetery, Mason County, Washington
Don't be alarmed, a Pardosa ran across your grave © Laurel Ramseyer Grove what? (Rod in distance)                    © Laurel Ramseyer

After the cemetery, we collected at Scott Prairie and Martins Bridge.

2017 aerial photo of Scott Prairie and Martins Bridge, Mason County, Washington Scott Prairie, Mason County, Washington
Scott Prairie habitats; Martins Bridge on left   (Mason County, 2017) Scott Prairie, back to grassland                     © Rod Crawford
prairie grass, Scott Prairie, Mason County, Washington general view of Scott Prairie, Mason County, Washington
Grass of Scott Prairie           © Rod Crawford Overall aspect of Scott Prairie                  © Rod Crawford
Rod sets out to conquer Scott Prairie, Mason County, Washington edge of Scott Prairie, Mason County, Washington
Rod sets out, net in hand, to conquer Scott Prairie © Laurel Ramseyer Edge of Scott Prairie with litter-dropping trees                 © Rod Crawfore
dead wood with spiders, Scott Prairie, Mason County, Washington crab spider Xysticus locuples, Scott Prairie, Mason County, Washington
Dead wood & bark, spider habitat    © Laurel Ramseyer Xysticus locuples                    © Laurel Ramseyer
small maple trees in aggregate at Scott Prairie, Mason County, Washington fallen moss "clods", Scott Prairie, Mason County, Washington
Smallish maple trees            © Laurel Ramseyer Fallen moss "clods"                     © Laurel Ramseyer
dry streamcourse, Scott Prairie, Mason County, Washington outside of tree aggregate, Scott Prairie, Mason County, Washington
Dry streamcourse in tree aggregate   © Laurel Ramseyer Outside of the tree aggregate                     © Rod Crawford
tall timber near Martins Bridge on Decker Creek, Mason County, Washington Phragmites grass near Martins Bridge on Decker Creek, Mason County, Washington
Tall timber near Martins Bridge          © Rod Crawford Grassy habitat between bridge & forest                 © Rod Crawford
epigynum of Larinioides patagiatus from Martins Bridge on Decker Creek, Mason County, Washington Martins Bridge on Decker Creek, Mason County, Washington
Epigynum of Larinioides patagiatus      © Rod Crawford Martins Bridge at dusk                          © Rod Crawford
Laurel collecting from bridge rails, Martins Bridge on Decker Creek, Mason County, Washington Laurel collecting under Martins Bridge on Decker Creek, Mason County, Washington
Laurel collecting from bridge rails       © Rod Crawford Laurel collecting under bridge                     © Rod Crawford
bigleaf maple litter, Martins Bridge on Decker Creek, Mason County, Washington bigleaf maple tree, Martins Bridge on Decker Creek, Mason County, Washington
Classic bed of maple litter          © Rod Crawford Classic riparian mossy bigleaf maple tree                   © Rod Crawford
curious long-headed fly, Scott Prairie, Mason County, Washington sunset in lower Satsop Valley, 31 October 2021
Curious long-headed fly              © Rod Crawford Sunset in lower Satsop Valley                    © Rod Crawford

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