I’m pretty sure this is a male Halictus rubicundus…he’s on a greater willowherb flower (Epilobium hirsutum). Pretty face You can see how big the Epilobium pollen grains are on his back. Advertisements
Just some snaps from driving around the national monument…sorry for reflections on the window. It was humorous to here our synchronized “ooo” and “ahhh” s as the mountain would unexpectedly come into view around a bend. It’s a beautiful thing!
I didn’t have enough time to hike as much of the Loowit trail as I would’ve liked, but I did have some fun rambling about on the boulders of this small section of the trail. The full trail goes all the way around the base of Mt. St. Helens…it’s 28 miles round trip, so I […]
It’s pretty amazing to see the impact the explosion of Mt. St. Helens had on the surrounding landscape, completely deleting whole sections of forests, and revealing new features and topography. This lava canyon is one of the “new” features the eruption revealed, and it’s pretty fascinating! I would say this is a challenging hike if […]
This is almost a Take a Hike! post because there is hiking involved in getting to June Lake. But it’s pretty minor hiking so… The start of the trail up I ❤ trail photos…I hope there's at least one other person out there in the world who enjoys trail photos as much as I do […]
My friend and I spent two nights camping at this site. You have to carry your gear in about a mile, but it’s pretty easy to access and was popular with other campers both nights. The water is COLD, even for me (I love swimming almost more than anything and have swum in Lake Michigan […]
A new life bird for me! We spotted this guy up at June Lake in the Mt. St. Helens national monument. Dippers are adorable; I didn’t get any good photos of this one because it was in the middle of the lake, but the water does make for some attractive shots…even if the bird is […]