Many of these along with the much brighter orange variety. I'm a total rookie here but next time I know I'll bring a field guide to ID some of the great critters I spied amongst the rocks.
At low tide, today it was about 3:30pm, large mussel beds were uncovered. Some were well-established with huge individuals anchored onto rock and bits of old shells from those that came before. I was particularly fascinated by the troops of small unknown crabs that lives underneath the mussel shells as a nice protection from the elements and predators.
Next time I'll take photos and be more careful in my observations to take better notes here but I noticed that, normally when I nibble rockweed right from the rocks in June/July, the flavor is significantly richer than what it was today. I found the salt and crunch were diminished and even the appearance of the rockweeds were more dull - I don't know why but I'll start to find out as I observe more closely.
I need to lookup the species but it seems the sea lettuce and fucus were most prolific here during this winter season. I'd like to keep an eye on this as well.
Many were there but awfully tattered. I wanted to mark this for the date and start watching what happens here as we approach spring.
Very small quantity; nori was in its baby stages, no bigger than my thumb in many cases. Normally at this beach I see huge amounts but it's the season.
Saw five of these little guys in the pools at low tide. Four submerged, one up on an exposed rock all in the mid-tidal zone. Those in the water were all puffed up and moving. The one on the exposed rock was smooshed down, flat looking and immobile.
Two shells found under a Monterey cypress. I suspect they might be H. stiversiana, but H. arrosa is also a possibility. At least according to Pilsbry it sounds like H. stiversiana is just smaller, thinner, and more yellow than H. arrosa, which all seem like pretty subjective traits. It seems to have a much higher spire than http://www.inaturalist.org/observations/1130110, for what that's worth.
One of several found under cypress.
Black medullary ceiling. On Monterey cypress
Perhaps P. rufescens?
Guessing this species rather than X.(B.) truncatus due to pink near rim of cap.
This might be a pink and grey larval aggregation of some sort. They might be beetle larvae or thrips with some being adults (like tiny fuzzy sow bugs), and some juveniles (very tiny pink ovals). They were found in the middle of a trail in a stream of rain water.
Possibly some kind of Agaric mushroom. It has an unusual stripe around the edge of the whitish cap. It had brown gills, brown hairs on the lower section of its stem. It also has odd, clear "drops" at its base.
This is probably an old Bleeding Milk Cap (Lactarius rubrilacteus) staining green and soaked with rain. The gills have turned green on the top surface and are breaking up. When broken the edge still had some dark red coloration, but it had run out of latex.