These water horsetails were growing about 40 feet from the Eel River.
I sure thought this was a centipede, but you can count the legs per segment. This was in the Founders' Grove in Humboldt State Park.
Western Sword Fern in the Founder's Grove.
Redwood Sorrel growing in the Founder's Grove, in Humboldt Redwoods State Park, CA.
Appears to be a soldier beetle (Cantharis rustica?) Hanging around by the Eel River on a warm spring day.
One of the kids spotted this one. She knew it was a stink bug, so I looked it up just now for a more precise name. Seems like a green stink bug.
This medium sized millipede was one of several we saw crawling along the ground and up the sides of the redwood trees.
Appeared to be a Pacific Tree Frog. It was out on dry, sunny ground near the Eel River. Later took to the water.
Another creature that miraculously survived a stampede of curious children. This slug was creeping along the redwood leaf litter near Burlington campground. It responded to movement within 12 inches by withdrawing its eye stalks.
Small shelf fungus growing on a bit of wood. This was visible from the path through Muir Woods.
This was an interesting specimen of coast redwood, featuring an above-ground burl.
It was interesting to see these ferns growing on a dead branch of a live tree.
This egret hunted at an unhurried pace almost impossible to understand for the average first grader.
These large birds, most probably turkey vultures, circled quite close at times.
There were several bull males and dozens of juvenile "weaners" on the beach and the salt flats.
You would see one of these caterpillars about every 15 feet on the trail from the edge of the reserve to the beaches.
I saw this snail in the salt flats near the elephant seal breeding grounds at Ano Nuevo state park (CA). It was fortunate enough to evade being crushed by an entire 1st grade class marching right over it.
Observed red wing blackbirds in the parking area for Ano Nuevo state preserve, in a loose group of approximately 15 immature males, not including the 1st grade boys on class field trip.