This area was dominated by Big Leaf Maples and Cedars, as well as Indian Plum and Vine Maples in the understory. The ground was carpeted in wet rotting organic matter including leaves and logs, and fungus were growing on several fallen stumps.
This tree was covered with a significant amount of oyster mushrooms up its side.
European Holly, native to western and souther Europe, often found in shady forested areas, has a great capacity to adapt to difficult conditions.
This black European slug was curled up, likely to protect itself from the disturbances I was making in the understory.
I had to lift some understory to get a good look at these newer turkey tails, but they proved to be very nice to look at! Growing in stacks and with the traditional coloration.
This mushroom looks like an oyster, but had a nice green covering on top. It was the only fungus I could see on this living tree.
This hypoxylon was spotted on a rotting log in the understory. Known as a hypoxylon canker, this fungus causes the deaths of oaks and other hardwood trees.
These plants were consumed in moderation by Native Americans as a condiment with fresh greens, with similar health benefits to consuming garlic.
Natural History Class Spring 2012
This male Western Fence Lizard was caught with a small string attached to a pole. The lizard is unable to notice this, as it thinks the string is a blade of grass.
This plant is toxic when eaten, and is close in relation to blue camus, a staple in Native American diet and culture.
More rugged in appearance than its cousin, dull oregon grape, with bright yellow clustered flowers that bloom in spring and purple fruits.
Small flowering plants in the Brassicaceae family, related to cabbage and mustard. Indigenous to Europe, with broad ranges extending into Asia and North America.
A fleshy plant with divided stems, and reddish brown globular flowers. Northwest Indians use the roots to make tea to treat lung diseases.
One of the first flowers to grow in spring, native to the lower coastal elevation of California.
Bright yellow flowers with arrow shaped leaves, known as the "Oregon Sunflower". Numerous tiny flowes (florets) make up each of the petals, giving the illusion of a ring of petals.