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Western Pond Turtle Actinemys marmorata

Observer

smallhands

Date

April 8, 2011

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

Pacific pond turtle found in backyard, released into local pond.

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Striped Coralroot Corallorhiza striata

Observer

smallhands

Date

April 17, 2011

Description

Saw these stalks coming up in an oak/bay area of La Honda. Interesting flowers and no evidence of any leaves that I could see.

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Starflowers Genus Trientalis

Observer

smallhands

Date

April 17, 2011

Description

These cover areas of the forest floor at this time of year... I see them everywhere!

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smooth mule-ears Wyethia glabra

Observer

smallhands

Date

April 19, 2011

Description

Surprised to see this high up on an eastern facing hill, so I climbed to take a peek.

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Plants Kingdom Plantae

Observer

smallhands

Date

April 17, 2011

Description

These three shoots were coming up. I'll definitely watch how they develop. This winter/spring rainy season has given us wonderful coastal trail walks this year. Each year is a delight, but this year has been particularly bountiful.

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Observer

smallhands

Date

April 2, 2011

Description

Lichen growing on the trunk of a Bay tree. Interesting texture of this leafy black lichen and red growth Wolf's Milk (Lycogala epidendrum.)

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Pacific Bleeding Heart Dicentra formosa

Observer

smallhands

Date

April 17, 2011

Description

I know I've read about these fern like plants, but I can not recall the name. Lovely leaves with a small white flower which is hard not to over expose in the lighting...

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Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias

Observer

smallhands

Date

April 19, 2011

Description

I believe this was a Great Blue Heron enjoying the small lake's finest tasty treats. Right after the photo the bird successfully struck food..... couldn't see what though.

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smallhands

Date

April 23, 2011

Description

Two garden snails coupling on the trail.... were there for at least an hour and half..... there and back!

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Alligator Lizards Genus Elgaria

Observer

smallhands

Date

April 26, 2011

Description

Young alligator lizard in my backyard. I try to make areas of spent bark for a safe area from the neighborhood cats. I was weeding when I spotted this one.

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checker lily Fritillaria affinis

Observer

smallhands

Date

April 10, 2011

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Broad-leaved Helleborine Epipactis helleborine

Observer

smallhands

Date

April 23, 2011

Description

Spring brings up so many interesting plants along the San Mateo coast!

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Coast Indian Paintbrush Castilleja affinis

Observer

smallhands

Date

April 19, 2011

Description

I've always referred to these as indian paint brush.... but, that was from a children's story I read my daughters. See them lots of places along the San Mateo coast.

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