These fellows -- Stellar Jays -- are bold and make a dreadful racket in the morning. Regardless, I love their iridescent blue feathers. I recently learned that their noisy calls serve as helpful alarms for smaller songbirds and critters who scatter when the jay starts yelling. (I still wish the started muckraking a little later when we're camping!)
Oplanpanax horridus, or Devil's Club is a subalpine plant, and is usually found in the understory of Western Cedar and hemlock, and Sitka Spruce.