Larval California Giant Salamander hidden among the aquatic rocks in Armstrong Woods State Reserve. It was found by scanning all of the crevices in the rocks in a clear, shallow pool with my binoculars. This photo was taken from closer to the creek as the salamander slowly moved out of its retreat.
Found in grassland adjacent to wetland and coniferous forest.
A flotilla of them sleep rafting.
Need positive ID.
Fern Grove hotel
Family and variety unknown. Tea crabapple. Pink flowers.
Russian River, Guerneville CA
Several of these heavily-splotched banana slugs were found this morning in a parking area surrounded by lush gardens and redwoods after an evening of rain.
Species level identification is based on distributional information and descriptions provided in "Checklist of the Land Snails and Slugs of California' (Barry Roth and Patricia S. Sadeghian, 2006), J. Leonard et al. (2007) "Phally polymorphism and reproductive biology in Ariolimax (Ariolimax) buttoni (Pilsbry and Vanatta, 1896) (Stylommatophora: Arionidae)" as well as conversations with and unpublished research by Dr.John Pearse and Dr Barry Roth.
Bay Laurel along Fife Creek, but the most special tree is here, in the back by the greenhouse and garden. This tree makes a shady "room" and has small unique burls at the base. It is currently loaded with unripe bay nuts on its outer branches. When ripe the nuts inside the oily avocado-like flesh can be dried and lightly roasted. If prepared just right they make an excellent snack with a stimulant-like characteristic for most people.
Good size bracken fern patch by the well. Too late in the season but when they are very young as fiddleheads they can be edible. I've also believe that the =root system or rhizome can be used in basketry.
In one spot along Fife Creek, up on the higher bank is a good amount of currant amongst the honeysuckle, poison oak and blackberry.
I'm hoping this purple-colored spike flower is easy to ID from afar - it was inaccessible to get a closer shot. It could be non-native as it's relatively close to the old farmhouse on the property and only appears in one spot between a redwood tree and the creek bed, mostly sun.
One stand that I could see on the whole property, although some has popped out of a debris pile below a poplar on the whole other side of the farm. Healthy stand that isn't very big - the owner is talking about taking the rest out which is good. It's aggressive!