rocky tide pool
Growing on the level coastal prairie at the headlands.
Seen scurrying on the wet sand of the intertidal zone. This critter was about eight mm long, and due to his speed and the bad lighting, the photos are quite poor.
This plant was seen in the cafe garden. Its height was about 40 cm. This is one of the only fine dining establishments in the town of Mendocino that welcomes dogs.
Seen on the coastal prairie not far from the lighthouse.
This willow stand is a product of an erosion control experiment, in which native willow mats were woven to prevent further erosion of the steep cliffs here. Since the Hooker willow is native here and it has naturalized from its initial establishment, it can be considered wild or naturalized in this instance. This state of California technical report is further confirmation that the willow taxon here is Hooker willow: http://www.ports.parks.ca.gov/pages/21299/files/point%20cabrillo%20resource%20summary%2004-11-08.pdf
Seen within the coastal scrub here at the headlands. This woody shrub was about 90 cm high, and its many stems exhibited sparse and small leaves.
Seen in the coastal scrub of the Mendocino Headlands.
Be careful when getting the close-up view of this flower, since the colony is over the cliff edge, where the chasm below extends sixty meters! This is functionally a blowhole, but the entrance to the sea is not covered.
Seen crawling swiftly on the lower sandy backshore consisting of unstablized low lying dunes.
Seen in bloom on the sandy backshore at the mouth of Big River.
Seen in bloom not far from the cliff edge on the coastal prairie. This is a substantial sized plant.
Seen growing on the coastal blufftop at Cabrillo Point.
Seen on the level clifftheop area of Cabrillo Point not far from the lighthouse.
This young plant was seen on the level clifftop area at the point.
This woody shrub is about 250 cm tall. It was seen along the main road to the lighthouse. This taxon appears to be non-native.
Seen with fresh basal leaf growth and dry flower stalks from last year's growth. The height of this plant was about one meter. The 3-ternate leaves are coarsely serrate and reflexed. Leaflet length is five to ten cm. This individual was seen on level ground on the coastal prairie not far from the woven willow erosion project on the cliffs.
Seen not far from the road to the lighthouse amid Bishop pine needle litter. I found this creature nested cozily under a rock, and then, of course, restored his home. This guy was about ten cm long, if uncoiled.
This fruticose lichen was seen growing on Pinus muricata limbs not far from the main trail to the lighthouse.
Seen in bloom along the clifftops in a rough area of the coastal prairie scrub habitat. This specimen was quite low to the ground, possibly stunted by high winds, saline mist and saline soils.
These barnacles were seen in the intertidal zone at low tide, attached to a massive dead log, probably a Coast redwood tree.