These extremely delicate club fungi were found on the Pine Ridge Trail in the deep shadows of Redwoods and Tan Oaks.
Several patches of these delicate mushrooms were found growing in especially shaded, damp areas in a Redwood Grove. They would grow up through the duff, spreading out fan-like on the surface.
These mushrooms were growing out of the trunk of an old oak tree. Honey Mushrooms are considered a cryptic species complex with a number of different species currently lumped together under the name "Armillaria mellea". Although the stems are tough and fibrous, the caps are reported to be quite edible, but only if they are growing on the right host. According to David Arora, individuals that grow on hemlock or buckeye can cause "digestive upsets"
Additionally, the mycelium of the honey mushrooms can phosphoresce at night, giving the wood an eerie luminescence (sometimes referred to as "foxfire")
This Chaparral Yucca (also known as "Our Lord's Candle") (family Agavaceae) formally went by the name Yucca whipplei. There were several growing along the dry slopes of the Mt. Manuel Trail just outside of Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, Monterey Co., CA
This harvestman (Order Opiliones) was one of several seen in the riparian section of Pfieffer-Big Sur State Park along the Big Sur coast.
Thank you to Darrell Ubick and Marshal Hedin for their assistance with its identification.
Found under a rock in wet leaf litter. Identification based around overall coloration, foot size, and location.
10 ft bush succulent leaf
This California Vole was creeping through the wet undergrowth along the Big Sur River at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park.
Western Grey Squirrels (Sciurus griseus) remain fairly common in the Redwood and riparian sections of Big Sur. Unfortunately, in other parts of central California, especial near suburban areas, they are being displaced by the larger and more assertive introduced Eastern Fox Squirrels (Sciurus niger).
lots of these great big False Solomon's Seal on the hike from Big Sur Station out to Sykes Hot Springs. Pretty impressive crop considering the fire that ripped through there a little over a year ago
a fire ripped through this area about a year ago, so suprised to find much fungus at all, but there were tons of these cup fungus on some of the recently fallen tan oak leaves. I've had a difficult time identifying this guy.
Large area of these Indian Warriors, Pedicularis densiflorus, on the trail to Sykes Hot Springs in Big Sur area. It interesting I always see these plants right around 2000ft on Mt Diablo and same thing in Big Sur