First up in that area though a lot of rosettes without flowers yet.
Just a few the cattle missed.
Beginning to leaves showing both male flowers (catkins) and female flowers (small red flowers near leaves).
Beginning to leaf out and put out catkins.
Seen growing in the fringe of a garden on the lower northern flank of Snake Mountain. The delicate bell-shaped cap was a scant nine mm in diameter, and the slender hollow stalk was six cm in length.
Seen growing in garden leaf litter on the lower northern flank of Snake Mountain. The sunken rimmed cap has a diameter of nine cm. The common name of this taxon is wine-cap stropharia. Veil marking is evident.
This hollow stemmed mushroom was seen growing on leaf litter within the outskirts of a garden on the northern lower flank of Snake Mountain. Cap diameter is about six cm and the stalk length is also about six cm. There is a ring on the stalk.
Seen growing on the ground in leaf litter in a garden. The diameter of the wavy cap is about four cm and the stalk length is also around four cm long.
Seen in a ruderal area on the lower northern flank of Snake Mountain. This gilled mushroom is veiled, with cap diameter of 11 cm and stalk length of 13 cm. This specimen was growing in a garden whose surface is dominated by European olive leaf litter.
Seen in a ruderal area on the western lower flank of Snake Mountain. These two specimens were growing on the ground on a substrate dominated by Douglas fir needles. Cap is flattish with a diameter of about five cm, and the stalk length is around nine cm long.
This gilled mushroom was growing on leaf litter, predominated by Douglas fir needle fall. The microhabitat was a ruderal area of a vacant lot on the lower western flank of Snake Mountain. The cap measures about four cm in diameter for this specimen. The specimen lacks a veil, and its stalk is slightly enlarged near the gills.
This specimen consists of two proximate mushrooms of the same taxon. It was observed in a vacant lot in ruderal condition on the lower flanks of Snake Mountain. These specimens were growing from the leaf litter that consisted of Douglas fir and Black oak (Q. kelloggii) droppings. The red-brown caps were cracked and crazed, dry to the touch, and the larger measures about seven cm in cap diameter. The stalk was longitudinally striated, the larger mushroom here having a stalk of six cm in length. The stalk uppermost is a pronounced yellow, followed by a red band, then brown striations for the majority of the stalk.
Seen growing on an old fencepost in a vacant lot on Snake Mountain. The lichen has a dust-like appearance with very fine grains, difficult to resolve with my camera in the ambient light.
This unusual fungus was seen in a shady ruderal area on Snake Mountain. The specimen was found beneath Douglas fir trees in a moderately heavy leaf litter of Douglas fir needles. This appears to be a large stinkhorn. The cap measures about 14 cm in diameter, and the texture is a hard rubbery substance, likely in its desiccated form as found.
Seen growing in a vacant lot that exhibits a diverse flora and fungi assembly for a ruderal microhabitat. This is a common alien species to this region.
It was still cool so it wasn't moving much making for an easy picture.
I am pretty sure it is a southern species, though we have both northern and southern here.
Just saw the flowers and small leaves, but no butterfly so far.
Seen growing and producing erect catkins in the higher riparian zone. Leave buds are just apparent, but clearly later than the erect catkins. Tree height is about five meters.
Our crew beat down a thicket of Blackberry to reveal a patch of ferns on this moist patch, mixed also with Coyote Brush.
At the same site we saw the California Newts in my last post, one tunnel sheltered this shy creature.
On a work crew, clearing a small hummock of Oxalis, we found a maze of tunnels housing a 'colony' of newts.