With Witches' Butter, a parasite?
My guess at the ID of this deciduous climber on a mossy Oak on Hood Mountain.
Can't resist yet another post of this species: a feast for the eyes at any stage. Of course I know it's not supposed to be here....
Anomalously, one was brave enough to hazard blooming in december.
On Leather Oak in the pigmy forest.
Rather less fungi up in the serpentine zone of the pigmy cypress forest, but these were common.
On douglas fir.
3 dinnerplate-sized pieces of what I assume is a hornet nest lying on the trail after a rainstorm.
Several specimens, 3-5" caps: emerging through leaf litter in this grove of oaks.
6-12 inch specimens growing on stumps of oak or perhaps bay laurel.
I like this ID for these, although they have disappointed me in lacking bioluminescence.
On an old Blue Gum.
Chicken of the woods?
Near the end of the ivy flowers; but they are still pungent, and attractive to bees,hoverflies, ants and others. This afternoon: covered with bluebottles.
Usually doesn't seem much of a nectaring plant; I think fritillaries gather here because of a trellis of passion vine about 10 feet away.
A score of these flitting around a local householder's trellis of blue passionflower.
I suspect that this was picked up with a load of Marigolds from west Petaluma.
I didn't get it in my pictures, but the color has a dusting of purple over the dark sienna background.