Skagit Valley: A Natural Hay Infusion

Rawlins Road, Skagit River Delta. Hayfields and roadside drainage ditches.

Exploring the Skagit River delta north of Seattle on the weekend. Found this beautiful spot where hayfields had just been cut. There is a drainage ditch on either side of the road (see image) that was full of hay clippings – looked like it had been there for several days.

Roadside ditch – full of hay clippings, incubating for about a week. A delicious-looking soup!

Sampling the water revealed an amazing proliferation of life: at the least, one can count nematodes, rotifers, various types of ciliates, spirotrichs, dinoflagellates, and the many small green ovoid organisms (Euglena?):

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Skagit Valley: A Natural Hay Infusion

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