In Search of Water

Screen shot 2013-04-07 at 11.47.16 AMDaneil Newcomb

Ever since Amy and I rowed to town and saw a small waterfall, we’ve wanted to find the source. We began our expedition with Natsuko and Collin after dinner. Walking toward the entrance to Friday Harbor Labs we searched for a path to lead us to our destination. After a bit of walking we found a path and began to explore.

Natsuko looking out over the Harbor

Natsuko looking out over the Harbor

Initially, we tried to head down toward the water, but the path was steep and we didn’t want to risk getting caught at the bottom when sunset arrived, so we took a path heading in the opposite direction. This path happened to be a pleasant surprise. We found a bunch of young Madrona and the majority of an animal skeleton before heading back.

Arbutus menziesii, commonly called the Pacific Madrona, is native to the west coast of North America

Arbutus menziesii, commonly called the Pacific Madrona, is native to the west coast of North America

The spine and pelvis of an animal was located a short distance from the majority of the limbs and ribs

The spine and pelvis of an animal was located a short distance from the majority of the limbs and ribs

On the way back Collin and I found a different way down to the water. There was a lot of mud, and quite a few more bones, but the babbling sound of water lead us to a beautiful sight.

Untitled4Going into the woods is almost like entering a new world in all you see. How often do we see skeletons lying around, or catch a glimpse of a fox? How often do we search for streams instead of a prepackaged water bottle, or a sink? Nature is so amazing to me because I rarely have to opportunity to immerse myself. Being at Friday Harbor Labs has been an amazing experience not only because of the work done in lab and the knowledge I am able to gain about our marine environment, but also because I can surround myself with the sights and sounds the Earth provides. Because today was my last day to process data, I’m going to take more time to explore my surroundings with the necessary light. It will be a great break from the next part of this course: writing a scientific paper!

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