This was the ventral side of the thing that wouldn't open for me yesterday at the Bot Garden. Nice basking one this morning.
This photo was taken by my trail camera on Aug 4. I do not post observations that I do see myself. Yesterday, 16 Oct 2014, I saw a bear crossing behind me, a smaller individual, I would estimate 100 lbs, probably a yearling. I found were a bear had dug up a yellow jacket nest just up the trail, see next posting.
PS. Leave angry yellow jackets alone.
Pretty much 100% positive this is the Butter Bolete (Boletus appendiculatus), based on the blue-staining, yellow tubes and stalk, nut-brown cap, and un-bitter taste. We'll see how it cooks up.
This fox visited the abandoned house that has been the site of a black vulture nest for the past two months. The 'chicks' at full size were present. They fledged two days later.
These very large Coast redwoods were seen at the Victorian home which was the site of one of the filming locations of Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds".