February afternoon at Mount Talbert Nature Park in Clackamas

Mount Talbert Nature Park () in North Clackamas County is one of several parks managed by Metro. Patrick and I have been here before (Muddy Boots Family Nature Club at Mount Talbert Nature Park), and this time – on Sunday afternoon – we met up with Laura and Jasper of Stag Beetle Power! for an afternoon of exploring. Lots of cool bug and fungi experiences, and we could hear scores of chorus frogs near the parking lot. Enjoy the pictures:

Mount Talbert Nature Park

Mount Talbert Nature Park

Mount Talbert Nature Park

Mount Talbert Nature Park

Mount Talbert Nature Park

Mount Talbert Nature Park

Mount Talbert Nature Park

Mount Talbert Nature Park

Laura immediately noticed some small purple wildflowers:

Mount Talbert Nature Park

Millipede:

Mount Talbert Nature Park

Mount Talbert Nature Park

Mount Talbert Nature Park

Sow bug, pill pug, potato bug, rollie pollie (what do you call them?):

Mount Talbert Nature Park

I think the highlight of the afternoon was when Patrick was digging in some dirt, and he called out to me, “Dad, there’s something in here, it’s alive!” I came over and continued to dig in the spot, and we uncovered what I assume to be a hibernating bumblebee, and after looking online, it is the young queens that hibernate and survive winter while the old queens and males die (we did cover her back up where she was):

Mount Talbert Nature Park

Mount Talbert Nature Park

Mount Talbert Nature Park

Jasper found some crickets under a rock:

Mount Talbert Nature Park

Mount Talbert Nature Park

Mount Talbert Nature Park

Mount Talbert Nature Park

Mount Talbert Nature Park

Mount Talbert Nature Park

Mount Talbert Nature Park

Mount Talbert Nature Park

Mount Talbert Nature Park

Mount Talbert Nature Park

Counting the rings:

Mount Talbert Nature Park

Very cool looking jelly fungus:

Mount Talbert Nature Park

Patrick sporting a new fish hat made by his grandma Karen:

Mount Talbert Nature Park

Me thinks a western gray squirrel lost its life:

Mount Talbert Nature Park

A gall:

Mount Talbert Nature Park

Mount Talbert Nature Park

Lots of large rocks along the trails here provide opportunities for climbing:

Mount Talbert Nature Park

Mount Talbert Nature Park

At the summit, with little bit of a view:

Mount Talbert Nature Park

Mount Talbert Nature Park

Mount Talbert Nature Park

Mount Talbert Nature Park

Mount Talbert Nature Park

Some other kind of jelly fungus:

Mount Talbert Nature Park

Mount Talbert Nature Park

Mount Talbert Nature Park

Laura and Jasper:

Mount Talbert Nature Park

Mount Talbert Nature Park

Mount Talbert Nature Park

This is surely a different looking fungus:

Mount Talbert Nature Park

Mount Talbert Nature Park

As is this:

Mount Talbert Nature Park

Mount Talbert Nature Park

Laura says this is a slime mold:

Mount Talbert Nature Park

Mount Talbert Nature Park

Mount Talbert Nature Park

A brown fungus covering this fallen branch:

Mount Talbert Nature Park

Mount Talbert Nature Park

Mount Talbert Nature Park

Mount Talbert Nature Park

Mount Talbert Nature Park

And finally, here is Patrick’s nature journal entry for this outing, showing various fungi, the hibernating bumblebee, and squirrel fur:

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2 Responses to February afternoon at Mount Talbert Nature Park in Clackamas

  1. Great fungus shots. That one coral-like white one is really interesting – gotta be something rare. Patrick’s hat and his journal entry are both very cool. Great artwork, Patrick!

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