Mineral Creek

On September 18, 2017, Rebecca and I ventured up the Mineral Creek Trail to a point above the major waterfall on Mineral Creek.  Along the way we found a spring and a smaller waterfall.   

The walk allowed me some time to photograph some of the common flora species like, Western Goldenrod, Oscillatoria (in the process of identifying [an identification I am not at all sure of] this plant I discovered two things - its not a plant, but rather a bacteria and secondly there are very few images of masses of the creature, rather a focus on the individual strands and cells), Fleabane Daisy, and Bailey’s Yucca.  We also saw Wandbloom Penstemon (photo below), a species which we do not see that often.


The trail was very “birdy” (Bridled Titmouse, Northern [Red-shafted] Flickers, Downy Woodpeckers, Acorn Woodpeckers (photo below), White-breasted Nuthatches (photo below), Turkey Vulture, Plumbeous Vireo, Painted Redstart, Swainson’s Thrush, Wilson’s Warbler, unidentified Quail, …etc.


Although there were various species of butterfly about I was only able to photograph a Red-spotted Purple, Limenitis arthemis, (photo below and at the species link).


We walked to the point on the trail (1.78 miles in) where we could look down on the waterfall.


Considering the day started with MacGillivray’s Warbler (photo below) in our yard in Hillsboro, the 18th was a pretty good day.


© Robert Barnes 2018