native northwest


Shown here is both the fruit and flowers of Black Raspberry or Blackcap (Rubus Leucodermis) which is native to the Pacific Northwest. This shrub is often found growing in open disturbed areas such as clearcuts. The flowers are not much to look at, but the berries are delicious! These are my favorite wild berries to pick. The harvested berries shown above ended up in a pie or infused into vodka. The Native Americans of the Pacific Northwest also utilized theses berries for making a purple dye.


The top photo is of Small-Flowered Tonella (Tonella Tenella) which has lovely blooms that are among the tiniest that I have successively photographed. The lower photo is of Ivy Leaved Toadflax (Cymbalaria Muralis) which is not native to the Pacific Northwest, but can be found growing on rocky cliffs that overlook the Oregon coastline. Both of these species belong to the Plantain Family (Plantaginaceae).

Carvings and designs of the Haidah Indians

The Haidah Indians of the Queen Charlotte Islands

James G. Swan, gentleman of Port Townsend, Wash.
Washington: The Smithsonian Institution Press, 1874.

Naas shagi yeil s'aaxw (Raven at the Headwaters of Nass hat) from the Tlingit people of the Pacific Northwest.  Carved from maple; decorated with paint, shells, hair, and baleen.  Artist unknown; ca. 1810.  Now in the Seattle Art Museum.  Photo credit: Joe Mabel.

Haida crests, from tattoo designs.

The Mythology of All Races, vol. X. North American

Hartley Burr Alexander
Boston: Marshall Jones Co., 1915.


I caught a western brook lamprey!

Lampreys and hagfish belong to the Agnatha class, which are thought to be the oldest vertebrates since their fossil record dates back 500 million years ago. Even though this particular species is tiny, the pacific lamprey can grow to be over two feet long! Lampreys feed by boring holes into the sides of fish and drinking their blood, and are a vital part of the Pacific Northwest ecosystem since their migration from the ocean to the rivers brings nutrients to local watersheds that would otherwise be absent.
The animal shown in these photos was released after photos were taken