Hikes, outings

Bloedel Reserve

By Janell Jelliffe

Located on Bainbridge Island, the Bloedel Reserve, created by Virginia
and Prentice Bloedel, is 150 acres of forested gardens. It opened to
the public in 1988 as a family-run foundation, and uses timed tickets
during the pandemic. The property has two miles of wide, barked trails
that wander through natural areas with lots of native plants, leading
to highly landscaped lakes and ponds that include an exquisite
Japanese garden and tea house, a moss garden, rhododendron glen, and a
reflection pool. There are benches throughout to pause and enjoy. With
hundreds of Japanese Maples as well as other deciduous trees, fall
promises to be a beautiful time to enjoy this special place.
More information: https://bloedelreserve.org

Bloedel Preserve
Symphoricarpos albus (Common Snowberry)
Bloedel Preserve

Rain doesn’t stop intrepid naturalists from looking for insects at Gibbs Lake in September 2018.
Hooded Merganser
Dungeness Spit driftwood and stones
Surf Scoter
Usnea lichen in the wind