The snow is melting fast in the Olympic subalpine! We enjoyed the varied and challenging hiking terrain. #hiking #backpacking #onp
We have seen Sea Star Wasting Disease (SSWD) effect 23 species of varying degrees since 2013. While it is still not exactly known what causes SSWD, it has been linked to a virus that has been known to exist since the 1940's.
In the last five years we have seen the disease wax and wane, but here on our coastline we have generally seen it occur in low incidences (relatively). We have retained about 65% of our Sea Stars throughout these events.
Here on the Olympic coastline we see a temperature correlation with the amount of disease; water temperature increases bring an increase in disease. An increase in SSWD can be seen during warmer than normal water temperatures (an increase of 2°C).
While SSWD is still here, we are seeing it in relatively low levels. We are seeing an increase in recruitment (new Sea Stars) along our diverse coastline, but we are not out of the woods yet. There is still potential for heavy mortality incidences in the future.
Many thanks to Dr. Steve Fradkin our Coastal Ecologist for providing the update.
📷 Personal Photo 📷
[Photo-Ochre Sea Stars among Green Anemones and Gooseneck Barnalces at Ruby Beach]
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I try to always be with the land slowly and with intention. As a guest on this land getting to know this place, it feels important to never treat the land as a destination, as an attraction. So I generally only visit very special places when I feel like the time is right.
Yesterday was the time to visit Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park, ancestral lands of the Klallam. 🏔
Driving through the clouds to the heart of the Olympic Mountains, viewing their peaks and ridges up close for the first time was breathtaking and humbling. I've visited so many mountain ranges and each of them feels like such an honor.
I spent most of my spoons hiking the High Divide to Sunrise Point trail, a little over a half mile with 200 ft elevation gain. So I walked only the level portion of Hurricane Hill. The trails above the visitor are wheelchair accessible but driving to the parking area offers incredible views also.
Wishing you all a blessed Summer Solstice. May the sun warm your spirits.
(I briefly Googled for information on the ancestral names of Hurricane Ridge and the Olympics, but haven't found information, so I'll research and ask the tribes next. If anyone knows please do share)
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“Happy June Solstice to all residents of planet Earth. Longest day of the year for north of the equator. Shortest for south of the equator. And for Equatorians, same old boring 12-hour day, just like every other day of the year.” - Neil deGrasse Tyson #solstice #flowers
So excited to be headed back to #olympicnationalpark
next week on vacation. What is everyones favorite beach for exploring tidepools?
Today I became a tree hugger 🌲 #sorrydad
journey > destination. a scene from last night’s attempt to stack the the Point No Point Lighthouse with the setting sun...using a background crushing 9lb 400mm f2.8...in heavy chop...on a heaving boat. mission failed. hot tip: use an ephemeris for lat/lon. go on a glassy calm night. don’t rush.
There is still snow on Mt Ellinor! It’s soft and forgiving but it’s steep and you need an ice axe ⛏ 😀 jeans optional
Can you find the robin? He sang well past sunset, joined by hermit thrushes and varied thrushes. A rushing waterfall layered in a soothing white background sound. The combination was a beautiful natural lullaby to doze off to. #hiking #backpacking #camping
Happy Wilderness Wednesday!
Ever wonder what Wilderness Rangers do?
We get to hike in pretty places.
We get to talk to friendly visitors.
We get to protect the resources by picking up trash, educating visitors on Leave No Trace ethics, and checking permits.
Major issues on the coast include: oversized campfires🔥(aka bonfires), trash, improper food storage (not having a bear canisters), and surface poop (💩💩-ewww) from not using privies or digging deep enough holes in the forest.
We recently did a wilderness patrol on the South Coast near Toleak Point.
Happy trails and see you out there!
📷 NPS Photo Ranger Sage
[Photo-Two Wilderness Rangers examine debris picked up from a beach patrol near Toleak]
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our fearful trip is done...
Our first visit to Olympic National Park! And whoa it was pretty 🌲 Two days was hardly enough time to get a glimpse of the park but now we know where head on the next trip (rainforest, coast). The hikes in the northern area did not disappoint. 🏔Klahane Ridge
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We always hope for wildlife sightings, but fish are often overlooked. We enjoy watching them through the glassy surface of the water. This brook trout was eating all the bugs, and seemed to like hanging out where the gravel bar dropped off steeply. In swimming toward me, he reminded me of a shark. Brook trout are not native to the subalpine lakes of Olympic National Park. They were introduced by humans many years ago, a practice which is no longer sanctioned. #trout #hiking #backpacking
<—swipe left. A quiet reminder of the glory days of fishing in the Puget Sound. Decades ago, on a June day not unlike today, you could rent a boat here at Haines Wharf in North Edmonds and come back with king salmon as large as 50lbs. Now the season is just a couple weeks and only hatchery kings can be kept. I still cherish the limited opportunity, but I’m haunted by what we’ve done to the Sound. This pic - ‘20 Pilings’ is my take on the literal and figurative layers of our Sound.
Thanks and Tight Lines.
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