Fungi

This zeller’s bolete was perhaps the best dressed mushroom of the season.

forest life; Boletus-zellerii-1

Although, sometimes earthtones, like this Prince Agaricus, have their own appeal. 

forest life; Agaricus-subrufescens-2014nov14

Matsutakes have been fruiting!

forest life; matsutake-2015nov24

Amanita calyptroderma is having an OK year, not as good as many but they were still out in abundance. 

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Amanita calyptroderma

These next ones on the other hand are easy and foolproof. This magnificent lion’s mane somehow was overlooked for much longer than would be normal.  

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Hericium erinaceus
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Hericium erinaceus

Coralloides always reminds me of something from the ocean. It might be my favorite mushroom, bar none, but if I’m not careful during harvesting and foraging they sure are a lot of work to clean.  

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Hericium coralloides
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Hericium coralloides (cultivated)
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Hericium coralloides

More:

some sort of blue mushroom
some sort of blue mushroom

Barrsia oregonense

This is an edible truffle that is associated with doug-fir.

Barrsia oregonense
Barrsia oregonense
Barrsia oregonense
Barrsia oregonense

Craterellus sp.

A cup fungus
A cup fungus

an earth-star:

an earth-star (Geastrum saccatum)
an earth-star (Geastrum saccatum)
an earth-star (Geastrum saccatum)
an earth-star (Geastrum saccatum)
A dyer's conk (Phaeolus schweinitzii)
A dyer’s conk (Phaeolus schweinitzii)
elfin-saddle
an elfin-saddle
puffball
A puffball
puffball
a puffball
oysters
oysters on a dead tan-oak
Oysters on a dead tan-oak
Oysters on a dead tan-oak
witch's butter (Tremella mesenterica)
witch’s butter (Tremella mesenterica)

Daldinia concentrica
Carbon balls

Daldinia concentrica
Daldinia concentrica

Plants

(organized alphabetically by binomial)

Anagallis arvensis
Scarlet pimpernell

Anagallis arvensis
Anagallis arvensis

Anisocarpus madioides
Woodland maddia

Anisocarpus madioides
Anisocarpus madioides

Asarum hartwegii
Hartweg’s wild ginger or Wild ginger
This species occurs only farther north and east of here but it flowers this time of year.

Asarum hartwegii
Asarum hartwegii

Cardamine californica var. integrifolia
Coast milkmaids

Coast milkmaids
Cardamine californica var. integrifolia

Calochortus species
The Mariposa lillies
There are many different species of these in California and a couple of them live near here.

Calochortus amabilis
Calochortus amabilis

Calypso bulbosa
Calypso orchids

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Calypso bulbosa

Cichorium intybus
Common chicory

Cichorium intybus AKA Common chicory
Cichorium intybus

Claytonia perfoliata subsp. perfoliata
Miner’s lettuce

Claytonia perfoliata subsp. perfoliata; Miner's lettuce
Claytonia perfoliata subsp. perfoliata

Corallorhiza maculata
Spotted coralroot orchid

Corallorhiza maculata; spotted coral-root
Corallorhiza maculata

Cynoglossum grande
Hound’s-tongue

Cynoglossum grande
Cynoglossum grande

Dudleya cymosa
Canyon live-forever

Dudleya cymosa
Dudleya cymosa

Eriophyllum ambiguum
Beautiful Woollysunflower

Eriophyllum ambiguum
Eriophyllum ambiguum

Erythronium californicum
Trout lilly or California fawn-illy

Erythronium californicum
Erythronium californicum

Eschscholzia californica
California poppy

Eschscholzia californica
Eschscholzia californica

Fragaria vesca
Wild strawberry

Wild strawberry; Fragaria vesca
Fragaria vesca

Genista monspessulana
French broom

Genista monspessulana 12 May 2015
Genista monspessulana

Hypericum perforatum
Common St. Johnswort or Klamath Weed

Hypericum perforatum; St. John's Wort
Hypericum perforatum

Iris douglasiana
Coast Iris or Douglas’ Iris

Iris douglasiana
Iris douglasiana
Coast iris (Iris douglasiana)
Coast iris (Iris douglasiana)
possible hybrid with I. purdyi?

Iris fernaldii
another local wild iris

Fernald's iris AKA Iris fernaldii
Fernald’s iris (Iris fernaldii)

Iris purdyi
another local wild iris

Purdy's iris (Iris purdyi)
Purdy’s iris (Iris purdyi)
Purdy's iris (Iris purdyi)
Purdy’s iris (Iris purdyi)

natural Wild Iris Hybrids are very common.

wild iris hybrid
A hybrid Iris

This bearded Iris is not a native Iris species

a bearded iris
a bearded Iris

Lathyrus vestitus var. vestitus
Woodland pea

Lathyrus vestitus var. vestitus
Lathyrus vestitus var. vestitus

Lupinus bicolor
Miniature Lupine

Miniature Lupine (Lupinus bicolor) 26 May 2015
Lupinus bicolor

Maianthemum racemosum ssp. racemosum
False Solomon Seal

Maianthemum racemosum ssp. racemosum 15May2015
Maianthemum racemosum ssp. racemosum 15May2015

Mimulus aurantiacus
Sticky Monkey Flower

Mimulus aurantiacus
Mimulus aurantiacus

Monardella purpurea
Siskiyou monardella, serpentine monardella & Serpentine Coyote Mint

Monardella purpurea
Monardella purpurea

Pelargonium sp.
some sort of wild Geranium

a wild geranium species
a wild geranium species

 Piperia unalascendis
Alaska rein orchid

Piperia unalascendis 23may2015
Piperia unalascendis on 23 may 2015
Piperia unalascendis
An older image of Piperia unalascendis

Pleuricospora fimbriolata
“fringed pine-saps”
I’ve only seen this mycoparasitic species one time (deer ate this one within a few minutes of being photographed).

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Pleuricospora fimbriolata
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Pleuricospora fimbriolata
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Pleuricospora fimbriolata
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Pleuricospora fimbriolata
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Pleuricospora fimbriolata

Polygonum californica
California milkwort

Polygala californica
Polygala californica

Pseudotsuga menziesii
Douglas-fir

We only rarely get snow here unless counting this annual pollen fall from this plant.

Douglas-fir-pollen
Doug-fir pollen
Doug-fir pollen fall
Doug-fir pollen fall

Pyrola asarifolia subsp. bracteata
Pink wintergreen
Is just beginning to flower.

Pyrola asarifolia ssp. bracteata on 23 May 2015
Pyrola asarifolia ssp. bracteata on 23 May 2015
Pyrola asarifolia ssp. bracteata; Pink wintergreen
An older picture of Pyrola asarifolia ssp. bracteata

Pyrola picta
White-veined wintergreen
Is also just beginning at the end of May and will be flowering as we move into June.

Pyrola picta; white-veined wintergreen
Pyrola picta
Pyrola picta; white-veined wintergreen
Pyrola picta

Rhus diversiloba
 Poison oak
This is an underappreciated beauty.
The north has maples for Fall color; we have poison oak — starting in late Summer.

Rhus diversiloba
Rhus diversiloba

another image from earlier

Rhus diversiloba
Rhus diversiloba
Rhus diversiloba AKA Poison oak
Rhus diversiloba  16 August 2018
Rhus diversiloba AKA Poison oak
Rhus diversiloba

Ribes sangineum var. glutinosa
Pink-Flowered Currant

Ribes sanguineum var. glutinosum 21march2015
Ribes sanguineum var. glutinosum 21 March 2015

Rosa californica
California Wild Rose

Rosa californica AKA California Wild Rose
Rosa californica

Silene laciniata ssp. californica‬
California Indian Pinks

‪Silene laciniata ssp. californica‬
Silene laciniata ssp. californica‬

Spartium junceum
Spanish broom

Spartium junceum 14may2015
Spartium junceum

Tanacetum parthenium
Feverfew

Tanacetum parthenium
Tanacetum parthenium

Tolpis barbata
European Umbrella Milkwort

Tolpis barbata
Tolpis barbata

Trientalis latifolia
Pacific Starflower

Trientalis latifolia 12may2015
Trientalis latifolia May 2015

Trifolium hirtum
Rose clover
Along the nearest road.

Trifolium hirtum
Trifolium hirtum

Trifolium incarnatum
Crimson clover
Along the nearest road.

Trifolium incarnatum
Trifolium incarnatum

Trillium ovatum
Pacific Trillium

Trillium ovatum
Trillium ovatum

Triteleia laxa
Ithuriel’s spear

Triteleia laxa
Triteleia laxa

Veronica persica
Birdseye Speedwell

Veronica persica
Veronica persica

Whipplea modesta
Yerba del Selva

Whipplea modesta April 2015
Whipplea modesta April 2015

Animals

A lot of cool animals live here. This is a tiny fraction.
Getting photographs for most of them is a real challenge.

Ariolimax columbianus
Pacific Banana Slug

Pacific Banana Slug (Ariolimax columbianus)
Ariolimax columbianus

Monadenia infumata Redwood Sideband

Redwood Sideband (Monadenia infumata)
Redwood Sideband (Monadenia infumata)

Camponotus sp.
Carpenter ants

Camponotus sp.
Camponotus sp.

Camponotus modoc
Western black carpenter ants

Camponotus modoc
Camponotus modoc

Monochamus scutellatus
Spotted pine sawyer

Monochamus scutellatus
Monochamus scutellatus

Peltis pippingskoeldi
A bark beetle

conk-eater
Peltis pippingskoeldi

Platyceroides agassii
One of the many Scarab beetles

Platyceroides agassii
Platyceroides agassii
Platyceroides agassii
Platyceroides agassii

Prionus californicus
California root borer

Prionus californicus
Prionus californicus

Timema douglasi

A parthenogenic doug-fir specialist that is said to be the smallest walking stick insect.

Timema douglasi
Timema douglasi
Timema douglasi
Timema douglasi
Timema douglasi
Timema douglasi

Zarhipis integripennis
Western Banded Glowworm

Zarhipis integripennis
Zarhipis integripennis

Unidentified bug with a Piptoporus betulinus

Some sort of bug with a Piptoporus betulinus
Some sort of bug with a Piptoporus betulinus
Some sort of bug
A true bug with great camoflage

Pseudoscorpion

a pseudoscorpion
a Pseudoscorpion; common but rarely noticed
a pseudoscorpion
a Pseudoscorpion

MAYBE Lithobius forficatus
A Stone Centipede

A stone centipede MAYBE Lithobius forficatus
MAYBE Lithobius forficatus
A stone centipede MAYBE Lithobius forficatus
MAYBE Lithobius forficatus

Harpaphe sp.
Almond-scented millipede

millipede
A millipede (Harpaphe sp.)
Harpaphe sp. 2015
Harpaphe sp. 2015

Paeromopus angusticeps buttensis

Paeromopus angusticeps buttensis
Paeromopus angusticeps buttensis

 Xystocheir dissecta
Redwood Xystocherini

Xystocheir dissecta
Another millipede Xystocheir dissecta

Titiotus sp.
An endemic genus of spiders

‪Titiotus‬ sp.
‪Titiotus‬ sp.

Araneus gemma
Cat-faced spider

Araneus gemma
Araneus gemma November 2017

Uroctonus mordax
Forest scorpion

Uroctonus mordax April 2015
Uroctonus mordax April 2015

Ticks
It is almost impossible to go out during mild weather and not pick up a tick in the forest or meadows around here.

Ixodes pacificus
Black-legged tick

This is the business end of one thing about the forest that really sucks, ticks.

Ixodes pacificus
Feeding implements of an Ixodes pacificus tick (dead)

These were abundant and especially active during May-June 2015. It has been almost impossible to go out during mild weather and not pick up a tick in the forest or meadows around here right now.

Ixodes pacificus: nymph, male & female
Ixodes pacificus adult female
Adult female Ixodes pacificus
Ixodes pacificus
A male Ixodes pacificus hoping to grab some food.
Ixodes pacificus
Ixodes pacificus with adhesive membranes on claws distended.

Vaejovis puritanus
One of several scorpions that live here; species ID may or may not be right. This is an older picture of something that we only very rarely encounter.

Vaejovis sp.
Vaejovis sp.

Batrachoseps  attenuatus
 California Slender Salamander

Batrachoseps attenuatus on 3 March 2016
Batrachoseps attenuatus

Dicamptodon ensatus
 California Giant Salamander

Dicamptodon ensatus
Dicamptodon ensatus
Dicamptodon ensatus
Dicamptodon ensatus

Aneides flavipunctatus flavipunctatus
Speckled-black salamander
Some of these are solid black and some are speckled with yellow.

Speckled black salamander; Aneides flavipunctatus flavipunctatus
Aneides flavipunctatus flavipunctatus
Aneides flavipunctatus flavipunctatus
Aneides flavipunctatus flavipunctatus
Aneides flavipunctatus flavipunctatus on 3 March 2016
Aneides flavipunctatus flavipunctatus on 3 March 2016

Taricha granulosa granulosa
Rough-skinned newt

Taricha-granulosa-granulosa-oct2015
Taricha granulosa granulosa

Acris crepitans
Pacific chorus frog

Pacific chorus frog
Acris crepitans

Bufo boreas
Forest toad

Bufo boreas
Bufo boreas – one of the few toads lacking any alkaloids
Bufo boreas
Bufo boreas

Diadophis punctatus occidentalis
Northwestern Ring-necked Snake

Diadophis punctatus occidentalis
Diadophis punctatus occidentalis in defensive mode

Lampropeltis getula californiae
California king-snake

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California king-snake (Lampropeltis getula californiae)
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Lampropeltis getula californiae

Pituophis catenifer catenifer
Pacific gopher snake

Pacific gopher snake
Pituophis catenifer catenifer

The next individual was not seen here at home but was encountered while visiting the Shulgin farm.

Pituophis catenifer catenifer
Pituophis catenifer catenifer
Pituophis catenifer catenifer
Pituophis catenifer catenifer
Pituophis catenifer catenifer
Pituophis catenifer catenifer
Pituophis catenifer catenifer
Pituophis catenifer catenifer

Thamnophis atratus hydrophilus
Oregon Gartersnake

Thamnophis atratus hydrophilus
Thamnophis atratus hydrophilus

Thamnophis sirtalis infernalis
California Red-sided Gartersnake

California garter snake
Thamnophis sirtalis infernalis
California Red-sided Gartersnake
Thamnophis sirtalis infernalis

Plestiodon skiltonianus skiltonianus

Plestiodon skiltonianus skiltonianus
a young Plestiodon skiltonianus skiltonianus

Elgaria spp.
Alligator lizard

Elgaria sp.
Elgaria sp.

Sceloporus occidentalis
Western fence lizard

Sceloporus occidentalis; Western fence lizard

Corvus corax
Common raven

This image was taken a few miles from home in Ukiah but these live and nest here on site.

Corvus corax (common raven)
Corvus corax

Meleagris gallopavo
Wild turkeys
This is a conservationist success story. This bird species nearly went extinct due to overhunting. Reintroduction activity (largely through redistribution of existing birds)  lead to a huge rebound of the population including in many areas where it did not formerly exist. It is so common now that most people have no idea that it almost disappeared from the planet.

Meleagris gallopavo
Meleagris gallopavo
Meleagris gallopavo
Meleagris gallopavo

Melanerpes formicivorus
Acorn woodpeckers

Acorn woodpeckers' larder
A community larder of the Acorn woodpeckers (Melanerpes formicivorus)

Myotis sp.Bats

Myotis
Bat (I don’t know if this is Myotis californicus or Myotis yumanensis)

Urocyon cinereoargentus
Grey fox

Urocyon cinereoargentus
Urocyon cinereoargentus
Urocyon cinereoargentus
Urocyon cinereoargentus

Mephitis mephitis
striped skunk

Mephitis-mephitis_11may2014
Mephitis mephitis

Mephitis mephitis (striped skunk) &  Didelphis virginiana (Virginia Opossum)

Mephitis mephitis & Didelphis virginiana
Mephitis mephitis & Didelphis virginiana

Spilogale gracilis
Western Spotted skunk

spotted skunk
spotted skunk
spotted-skunk
Spilogale gracilis
Spilogale gracilis
Spilogale gracilis

Neotoma fuscipes
Dusky-footed woodrat AKA Pack-rat

Neotoma fuscipes
Neotoma fuscipes
Neotoma fuscipes
Neotoma fuscipes

Sciurus griseus
Western grey squirrel

Grey squirrel eating a Suillus
Sciurus griseus eating a Suillus mushroom in a Douglas-fir

Odocoileus virginianus
Whitetail deer

deer
Odocoileus virginianus