I’ve got a new microscope and am having fun bringing flower samples home to view them. Its a lot easier than using a hand lens. My method is simple: a small plastic baggie with a paper tower. If I find samples, I wet the towel and wrap the plants. They’ll stay viable for days until I remember to extract them from my daypack.
While looking for wildflowers, I had some unusual wildlife encounters. Last week I disturbed a grizzly in his day bed, but he was a good bear and just ran off. But today I was ‘mobbed’ by a Goshawk whose nest was nearby. She was quite aggressive, dive-bombing me over and over again on my way up the trail. But on the return, she was even more pissy and came quite close–I suppose thinking I hadn’t learned my lesson the first time.
I also saw my first porcupine. Koda was a little ways up the trail from me peering around the corner. He stopped and was wagging his tail. I knew something was up. Thankfully, he decided to just stay put instead of investigate. I think he learned his lesson when he saw the grizzly bear last week. I was able to capture the porc waddling away.