|Washington locations where Theridion rabuni has been found|
My only hesitation in collecting there was the continuing record-breaking heat wave across the state. A few weeks prior, we had to cut short our visit to Peavine Canyon because I got overexposed to the heat. I didn't want that to happen again, but I also didn't want to miss this year's window of opportunity for finding more T. rabuni. I decided that the maximum temperature of 88 F (31 C) predicted for our target area was manageable, so we decided to go for it.
|Nason Creek R.A., Rte 2 in distance.|
If you think this looks uninviting,
you're not thinking like a spider!
|Ponderosa cones at Nason Creek R.A.|
|The distinctive bark patterns |
of western redcedar (left) and
western white pine (right)
|Western white pine cone|
|Ponderosa cone site at trailhead|
|Ponderosa cones amid |
bearberry and blueberry
|A view of Icicle Creek from the trail|
|Looking up at P. monticola|
|The white "bones" of trees killed by the 2004 Icicle Fire still stand in stark contrast to the neighboring forest. |
As seen from Icicle Creek Road.