|Site locations (click to enlarge)|
|Site 1. North Cascades Basecamp|
|Site 1. Callilepis pluto in refugium|
|Site 2. Jack Creek|
|Site 2. Fallen cones and |
After dropping Rod and Jerry off at the Thirteenmile Creek trailhead, where they were camping for the night, I headed north to Republic and a hotel bed. After a long day of driving and spider collecting, I could see that the twisty, twilit back roads leading to town held a certain romantic beauty, but I was too tired to really enjoy it. But a good night's sleep had recharged my batteries, and I eagerly set out early the next morning to collect a cone sample in Republic before returning to Thirteenmile Creek.
|Site 3. Near Ferry Co. Hospital|
|Site 3. Cones sampled from the |
hillside as well as from the roadside
|Site 4. A perilously steep patch of |
ponderosas on Thirteenmile Creek trail
|Site 4. fallen cone microhabitat|
|Site 5. Aeneas Valley. Grassy cone-|
strewn lane between marsh & hill
|Site 5. Flower bedecked cone|
|Site 6. Near Crumbacker Lake|
|Site 6. cones in grass and chapparal|
Our 7th and final collecting site was in the evocatively-named Hornet Draw, where Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii) trees dominated and ponderosa cones (but not mosquitoes!) were hard to come by. Still, I managed to scare up and tap 50 ponderosa cones and collected 6 spiders from 4 species. Only later, after several more years of cone tapping, would we realize that 3 of those species were the three species most commonly found in pine cones in eastern Washington: E. formosa, P. americana and Meioneta fillmorana (Linyphiidae).
Be sure to click over to Rod's website for his take on the trip (and photos of Hornet Draw, which I forgot to take!).
|Pacific ninebark (Physocarpus capitatus) growing along Thirteenmile Creek trail.|