Purple Pond Scum

Purple Pond Scum

The typical fall colors are red, yellow, orange and browns (more browns around the Pacific Northwest, I’m afraid). Once in a while there is a splash of color that is jarring. This image shows some pond scum (algae of some kind) at the Nisqually-Billy Frank Jr National Wildlife Refuge in one of the beaver dams. Quite dramatic.

Seed Head

Seed Head

Not sure of the botanical identification of this lovely seed head I found in North Central Oregon. Probably a member of the sunflower family. Regardless, I was struck by its ability to maintain its shape while the wind was blowing pretty hard. It must not have been quite ready to spread itself yet.

Devil’s Club and Elderberry

Devil’s Club
Red Elderberry

These two plants were growing fairly close to each other in the upper North Fork of the Dosewallips valley in the Olympic National Park. The elderberry has been used for wine … I don’t know of any such use for devil’s club, although native peoples are said to have used the bark and roots medicinally. The thorns on the stems are a major deterrent to making any effort to force one’s way through a patch. Cross-country travel through devil’s club is virtually impossible.

Ferns

Ferns

There is a foot bridge over a small gully in the Bloedel Reserve that provides a wonderful opportunity for shooting directly down on plants such as these ferns. It provides just a slightly different perspective than the usual.

  • Camera: Nikon D-850
  • Lens: Nikkor 80-400mm set at 175mm
  • ISO 400 1/160 sec f/5.6

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