These beautiful coal mushrooms were extremely common in protected nooks under the redwoods at Armstrong Woods State Reserve. While R. kunzei is common in the area, another species, the extremely similar but much rarer R. californica is also a possibility. Because separating these two species requires looking at their spore shape under a microscope, the most prudent course is to leave the identification of these individuals Ramariopsis sp.
This bizarre mushroom was the color of ice but was rubbery to the touch. At full size, the tiny spore-releasing teeth are visible below the cap.
This flabby, multi-lobed fungus is most frequently found on rotting hardwoods and is common along the coast of central California.
Found growing on a rocky slope under Tan Oaks and scattered Douglas Firs.
I.D. Thanks to Christian Schwarz. This elfin saddle was growing in the thick duff of a heavily shaded redwood grove.
Anthaxia sp. Jewel Beetle (Buprestidae), Guerneville, Sonoma County, California - June 2010. http://bugguide.net/node/view/407994
This female False Widow Spider (family Theridiidae) was found under a rock on the beach at Goat Rock State Beach. Sonoma Co., CA.
Genus: Lophocampa Argentata
This turret is the burrow entrance for the California Turret Spider Antrodiaetus riversi (family Antrodiaetidae). These were found along the East Ridge Trail at Armstrong Woods State Park in Sonoma Co., CA. This makes them part of the "Bay Area clade", a genetically distinct group of turret spiders found through the Coast Range mountains from Santa Cruz County to southern Humboldt County.
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.