This mature willow was observed growing in the floodplain of the riparian zone. Its height was about three meters. The entire leaves are lanceolate and about seven cm long. Catkins had apparently appeared before leaves.
This Juncus was seen at the edge of the Coast redwood forest along a small drainage swale. Plant height is 90 cm, and the inflorescence is non-terminal and somewhat diffuse. The dark brown stem diameter is 2.3 mm above the sheaf.
Seen in the understory of this oak dominated riparian woodland.
Seen in bloom in the upper riparian zone westerly of the flowing stream.
Seen in the upper riparian area growing in association with some ferns. This woody shrub stood about 1.6 meters high, and exhibited the customary stiff, leathery leaves in a chaparral portion of the habitat.
This substantial rush was seen immediately adjacent to the flowing stream water. Height of these rush plants is about 120 cm, and they exhibit the diagnostic spiny, stout tips. Flowers are substantial and located per jepson description on the stem. This occurrence is in southwestern Santa Clara County, a county of known occurrence of this taxon per Calflora.
Seen in the riparian zone within the floodplain of this stream. The specimen height of this young plant was about thirty cm. Stems are armed with sharp stout straight prickles.
This moss was draping from a dead tree not far from the main trail.
There are few lichen specimens hosted by living Coast Redwood trees, compared with the abundance of lichens found in oak forests, for example. This hard adnate crustose lichen was one of the few seen during this hike, and it was seen on a standing dead tree in this Coast redwood/Tanoak forest. The host tree here is not clear, but is likely a Tanoak.
The tallest of the pictured Coast redwoods were at least 45 meters tall. Coast redwood is the dominant tree in this part of the forest near the ruins of the historic Miller Lodge.
The trees in this cultivated apple orchard are part of the Gizdich Farm, a notable part of the agricultural heritage of Watsonville. The height of these trees is about 5.5 meters.
This relatively young Tanoak was seen near the trail as an element of the Coast redwood/Tanoak forest. The height of this specimen is about 2.4 meters.
This Lamp rush sighting is quite near the Santa Cruz/Santa Clara County line. The microtopography is a landform depression. The specimen height is ninety cm, and the seed diameter is four mm. The leaves are rather supple, yet somewhat wiry.
Note the needles are green and not drooping. Large yellowish cones are present.
Note the blue gray tinge to the needles and the dark cones.
Not sure what this web/cocoon is, really. Near the top of a tall toyon tree, in the edge by a clearing in a mixed-redwood forest.
With Elegant Terns and some other Gulls. (CA, etc)
western toad metamorphs