Sunday, August 24, 2008

Scenes from my new job

Some photos from my field trip last week. We came in on a road not much wider than the truck I was driving.I didn't get photos of the dirt road with fallen trees around which we had to navigate.

This bridge wasn't much wider than the road. Why is there such a nice bridge out in the middle of nowhere, you might ask? Just upstream:
Yep. A fairly large dam. We're really not that far from civilization.

We stopped on top of a nice granite outcrop for lunch

Plunge pool just below us:
There was an enormous rainbow trout swimming around in the farthest pool. At one point, one of my coworkers turned to me and said, "Can you believe that we're actually being paid for this?"

This fungus was as big as (and sort of shaped like) an American football.


Kia said...

What data were you supposed to be collecting?

Laurie said...

We were just doing transect selection. Field crews went out over the next few days to collect actual data. We did run across another one of the crews out doing snorkel surveys (where the huge rainbow was). I'm actually going to be out electroshocking tomorrow, but for a different (rather politically charged) reason.

Kia said...

Beautiful field sites! I'm envious that you get to go out electrofishing....I was demoted from that for being too short/slow/uncoordinated.

Brother Phil said...

Fungus? Chicken of the woods!

Not bad for a safety engineer, huh!

Laurie said...

I'm impressed! Lemony chicken flavor. Mmmm. I don't think I trust Wikipedia enough to eat one next time I see one, though...