The Daily Bucket is a regular feature of the Backyard Science group. It is a place to note any observations you have made of the world around you. Snails, fish, insects, weather, meteorites, climate, birds and/or flowers. All are worthy additions to the bucket. Please let us know what is going on around you in a comment. Include, as close as is comfortable for you, where you are located.Sunday May 5, 2013 on the NE corner of the Olympic Peninsula, WA
Last Sunday was a warm day for a walk in the park, at least from my 2 dogs' point of view. It crossed the 70 degree mark today for the first time this year! It was a lovely day for a walk in the springtime PNW forest.
The first treat was seeing a Spotted coralroot alongside the trail. This is a native saprophytic orchid in Washington state. They have no chlorophyll and derive their nutrients from mycorrhizal fungi in the soil. These plants are found deep in coniferous forests. They like rich humus soils where a shaft of light reaches the forest floor.
What's happening in your environment?
I'll be in and out all day, but I'll read and respond to comments eventually. Meanwhile, you know what to do.