Right along Pine Flat Road, stayed still long enough, but wasn't close enough for my camera.
Along Pine Flat Road as I walked back from Rob Roy Flat. Like many of the oaks I saw today, these were loaded with acorns. The cap is really distinctive on these.
The bays were also full of fruit. Some were growing in triplet. I've noticed this elsewhere in the county. Of course these trees I'm looking at tend to be on the margins (along trails) so they receive more light.
Lt gry completely flat crust, cracked throughout like dried mud. Black spots = fruiting bodies?
Five-petaled pale pink flowers with darker pink lines on each petal radiating from the middle. Quite pretty. Single stalk, almost a brown-maroon color, not green. No distinguishable leaves; just what appeared to be buds. Growing in full sun in serpentine soil amongst hayfield tarweed and yellow star thistle.
Orange crust on series of rocks shaded under a larger boulder. Appears dusty as opposed to comprised of nodules. Color is yel-org as opposed to red-orange
Definitely lemon yellow, contrasted with the deep orange lichen (in the lower right of photo as contrast) made up of textured nodules but to the naked eye lies flat on the boulder it's growing on.
Round and flat, growing on vertical rock surface. On close look, "circle" is compromised of lt brown dots on a drk blackish background that shows best at the dark margin
As I was photographing the lichens, there was buzzing in my ears from the flies that were around. Then I noticed them landing repeatedly on the crust lichens over and over. I wondered why that might be.
Nearly perfectly flat growing on the shadier half of a boulder. Gryish drk brown in center. What stands out is the distinct lighter chocolate brown color only on ruffled edge of margin (newer growth?)
Deep chocolate brown; looks like peels or petals, peeling up from the stone it's growing on. Black raised spots near the curled margins.
Bright white, stood out against the light gry/green lichen growing near it. Also structure is lacier and more tube like if that makes sense. To the touch it lies mostly flat and would be hard to flake off the rock surface.
Deep orange crust lichen on rock. Made up of nodules appears the orange color is deeper in the center. Need a hand lens.
Flat, lt. green/gry hue, growing on rock, seemed to be the most common or most prolific on these boulders. Throughout, crater-like cups stood out with a brownish interior. Several can be seen in this photo.
In grassy edges of serpentine chaparral north above meadow behind 10,000 Pine Flat Rd
~2 miles up Pine Flat Rd, on large serpentine road-cut just past neighbors stone gate. Viewed with Frederic Leist & Dan Noreen.
1 plant, nearby is one P. elongata
While walking and looking at the bright pink bark and unfurling old bark, we saw the leaves were starting the drop. The light rain on the dry leaves made an amazing sound almost like trickling water. A story was told from a gal who lives in the area. One year she happened to be outside in the summer when, a heavy fog came through her madrones. She heard cracking and breaking and noticed that the tree's bark, with that little bit of moisture, started cracking open and peeling back, revealing the bright bark underneath. I hope someday to see that.
Only heard one call, one time, far off the meadow we were walking through.
Heard these as well -- I didn't sight any.
Caught them at a glance flying away but mostly heard their calls.