I had only been on the trail a few minutes when this pair of bald eagles showed themselves. They soared above me for maybe five minutes- it was a real treat.
Several patches of Coastal Woodfern were found in a shaded ravine near Frog Lake, Henry Coe State Park. They were identified by the overall shape of their leaves and by their tight "U" shaped indusia (spore producing organs on the underside of the leaf) attached to a hair-like base.
This grove of Ponderosa Pines were found along the Monument Trail at an elevation of around 2800 ft.
Several of these early blooming flowers were found along the Flat Frog Trail along with blooming Big Berried Manzanita (Arctostaphylos glauca).
Numerous California Poppies were in bloom this day at Henry Coe. It can be differentiated from all of region's other orange poppies by the conspicuous rim around the receptacle.
These are large clusters of Oak Mistletoe parasitizing a bare oak tree (Quercus sp.) on the Corral Trail at Henry Coe State Park.
A grove of California Bay trees along the Monument Trail at Henry Coe State Park.
Family Lauraceae. The California Bay's spicy aroma is one of the signature (and one of my favorite) scents of California's foothill woodlands.
It is almost entirely endemic to California.
Hundreds of these skippers were feeding on the blooming Coyote Bush near the park headquarters.
From late August through early November, male tarantulas along the central California coast leave the safety of their burrows and spend the remaining few months of their lives (if they are lucky) in search of females to mate with.
Species-level identification based on location and soon to be published research by tarantula expert Chris Hamilton.
Here are the fish I thought might be some sort of salmonid. I clicked the ID Request, but I'll be surprised if anyone can make these out well enough to speciate them. Worth a shot though, I suppose.