Seen alongside a creek in the redwood forest of Bothe-Napa Valley State Park.
Seen growing along the lakeside trail in a somewhat disturbed grassy area. The cap of this hemispheric mushroom is about six cm in diameter, and the stalk length is only about 4.5 cm, including the engorged base.
Several sizable incense cedar trees were seen at the northern entrance to Spring Lake. This tree is not in its native range here, and it belongs in mountainous areas such as the Sierra Nevada. It is likely that these trees, now measuring up to 23 meters high, were planted in the mid twentieth century.
Seen in a ruderal grassy area.
This thin layer of duckweed was seen at the slackwater shallow fring of Spring Lake.
Seen in dry form from last year's growth, at the waterline edge. Now everyone knows that i use recycled pocket calendars for my field notes :)
This Western scrub-jay was seen perching in a willow tree, that was just beginning to produce leaves and catkins.
Growing not far from the shoreline in a low-lying land spit that protrudes into the lake. Catkins and leaves seem to be appearing more or less at the same time. This will has a laterally spreading form, with an effective length of the main stem of about six meters.
Seen growing in a low elevation land spit protruding into the lake. The minute sedge was only about 28 cm high, with triangular cross section flower spike no more than one mm in cross section diameter. The soft, narrow delicate leaves were about 20 cm long and two mm wide.
Seen on the trunk of a deciduous planted street tree on the north side of Montgomery Drive.
Seen along the Natkemper Trail.
Seen growing and producing erect catkins in the higher riparian zone. Leave buds are just apparent, but clearly later than the erect catkins. Tree height is about five meters.
Seen not far from a main trail, evidently emerging through the leaf litter in the past few days.
This crustose lichen is totally adnate to a large native rock near the visitor center. It could be D. massiliensis. The thickness of the organism is less than one millimeter.
This dry leaf of a nearby Bigleaf maple tree has fallen upon an understory shrub. My photo of the maple tree did not turn out, but the leaf is iconic for the species.
This shrub or small tree was seen not far from the Ritchey Creek trailhead in the riparian zone understory.
Large adult swimming in our pool.
This young tree was seen leafing out in the riparian zone of Ritchey Creek.
Seen in the riparian area with no inhabitant live organism.
Coast redwood is the dominant tree in this riparian forest along Ritchey Creek.
This slender sapling was seen on the upper bank area of Ritchey Creek. The lead image shows a dried leaf from last season overlaid by the new season leaf bud.
This plant was seen on the south bank of Ritchey Creek. This specimen was rather low growing but other specimens of this plant species were noted in a higher arching, semi-erect habit.
This Giant chain fern was seen growing immediately above the water line on the south bank of Ritchey Creek at this time of rather high flow, due to recent rains. Another specimen was sighted across the creek.
Tanbark oak is a dominant tree in this forest along lower Ritchey creek. It is thriving in the occasional clearings in the Coast redwood shading from the upper canopy. However, there is a significant age stratification, with most Coast redwoods here being over a century, whilst the Tanbark oaks here are typically less than fifteen years old.
Quite a number of this species of fern were seen on the south riparian zone of Ritchey Creek within a Coast redwood forest. Water droplets dramatize the close-up shot of this fern, a result of a rainshower only an hour ago.