This is on Big Tree in The Redwoods National Park! Mike and I decided to take a quick trip to the redwoods since he had never been there. We were taking a photo in front of Big Tree and I turned around and lo and behold there was a spider web! Then I started noticing many webs in nooks and crannies on the bark. I looked for spiders but either 1) they were very small, 2) they blended in with the bark, or 3) they were hiding in the bark. Here are a few more photos from our trip:
It's winter here in Oregon which means that I am back to school taking classes and doing lab work. It also means that I am back closer to all of my friends. I love being back in western Oregon because there are so many magnificent places to visit! This weekend we went to the coast and visited Tillamook for the first time! We had lunch at the local Pelican Brewery and Tap Room, went to the beach to let the doggies play in the sand, and then visited the Tillamook Creamery for ice cream! I had the mango sorbet and Mike had the blueberry and they both were delicious! Here are some photos of the beach! Isn't the West Coast beautiful?
Lauren Smith is currently an assistant professor at Westfield State University researching the effect of grassland restoration on native bee and spider communities. Visit her website here.