|Site location map. Click to enlarge.|
Indian John Hill Rest Area
The facility features a fine ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa) woods that serves as a dog walking area. I had passed on the opportunity to tap cones there when we passed by a few weeks prior. But not this time.
|Rod tapping cones at Indian John Hill|
I was curious about the rest area's namesake, but the only thing an online search revealed was that John was a Kittitas man. However, the state library does have a photograph of his daughter Lucy Pahofta Bertram, taken about 1900 when she was elderly.
Naneum Creek Bridge
|Cone sampling sites near Naneum Creek Bridge.|
|"Above canal" cone source. Naneum|
Creek Bridge in background.
Next I beat shrubs and swept herbs on the nearby hillside - sweaty work for someone no longer accustomed to warmth and persistent sunshine! Afterwards, while I cooled down on a shady boulder under the bridge, a big male Pardosa (Lycosidae) walked right onto my net!
|Fallen roadside cones|
Read Rod's account of the day here.
|Prairie star flower was blooming in profusion on the steppe, Lithophragma sp.|