Also on 7 May 2010, after collecting at Big Rock we visited another Skagit Land Trust site, Mud Lake in the town of Clear Lake, which features some very high quality marsh (but some parts need blackberry control). To complete our collection from the area we also visited a Department of Wildlife site on nearby Beaver Lake, and a state forest land site north of Clear Lake, making the day's total 59 spider species! Photos by Rod
Crawford and Laurel Ramseyer.
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|Aerial view of Mud Lake (Skagit County, 2009)||Shoreline looks as natural as you could wish © Rod Crawford|
|Land trust's interpretive sign © Laurel Ramseyer||
Don't these clouds look ominous, though! © Rod Crawford
|Cattail area © Rod Crawford||High quality sedge-grass marsh © Rod Crawford|
|Emergent plants, habitat for rare Tetragnathas © Rod Crawford||Lepthyphantes tenuis, a spider that balloons everywhere © Rod Crawford|
|Nobody sitting on the lily pads © Rod Crawford||More high quality marsh © Rod Crawford|
|The enemy: Himalayan blackberry encroaches © Rod Crawford||Eyes on the sky, but can't form images: Entelecara acuminata © Rod Crawford|
|Small but productive Sitka spruce © Laurel Ramseyer||Marsh landscape © Laurel Ramseyer|
|Spruce foliage © Laurel Ramseyer||The green grass grew all around © Laurel Ramseyer|
Beaver Lake (SE of Mud Lake), in more natural surroundings but mostly private, added several species.
|Aerial view of Beaver Lake (our site at S end) (Skagit County, 2009)||What placid water! © Rod Crawford|
|"Avoid the moor in those hours of darkness when the powers of evil are exalted." — Sherlock Holmes photo © Rod Crawford||Swampy willow woods with worthwhile spiders © Rod Crawford|
Finally, a stop on state forest land 0.4 miles south of the Sedro Woolley/Skagit River bridge, mainly for a sample of moss-dwelling spiders, and then home.
|Aerial view of our track through the woods (Skagit County, 2009)||Beautiful moss added 6 spider species © Rod Crawford|
|Convenient log was my sifting platform © Rod Crawford||Harpaphe haydeniana making good use of 62 legs © Rod Crawford|
|Our route into the woods © Laurel Ramseyer||This sunset decorated our drive home © Rod Crawford|