Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Anderson Lake State Park

Anderson Lake State Park is on the northeast corner of the Olympic Peninsula.  We went there the week of April 5-11 as part of trip to Olympic National Park and because we had not been there for a number of years.  The lake itself doesn't amount to much though it is a popular fishing spot, but the trails around the lake are worth.  We went hoping to see a rare parasitic plant, the Vancouver Ground-cone, Boschniakia hookeri, a plant that parasitizes the roots of Salal.  We also hoped to see some Western Fairy Slippers, Calypso bulbosa var. occidentalis.  We found both, though the Ground-cones were not in flower yet and the Fairy Slippers were very few.  But, as always, we found other treasures to photograph and remember.

Anderson Lake

Vancouver Ground-cones
(the last photo is an older photo of the plant in flower)

 Panther Cap (Amanita pantherina)

 Fairy Fingers (Clavaria vermicularis)

White Slime Mold (unidentified)

Western Fairy Slipper

 Western Trillium (Trillium ovatum)

 Prairie Star (Lithophragma parviflorum)

 Raindrops on Grass

Western Red Cedar (Thuja plicata)

 Common Horsetail (Equisetum arvense)
we sampled some of the young shoots and found them to be like celery


 Bracken Fern (Pteridium aquilinum)

 Termite Mound

 Pacific Banana Slug (Ariolimax columbianus)

Before leaving the Olympic Peninsula we also made a brief stop at Sequim Bay State Park near the town of Sequim and took a few more photos.  We were there for the Washington Native Orchid Society on their first outing of the year.  We visited one other location and found a few more Fairy Slippers and Western Spotted Coralroots, Corallorhiza maculata var. occidentalis, just starting to bloom.

Sequim Bay

Salmonberry Flower (Rubus spectabilis)

Unidentified Mushroom

Western Fairy Slipper

 Western Spotted Coralroot


  1. Some really neat finds and shots in this series!

    1. This is one of our favorite places but we always end up going to the Olympics instead of stopping here.


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