One of the distinctive features of this flower is the leaves that clasp the stem.
This is a beautiful color variation--dark gray spathes with dark red undertones.
This used to be called Trametes conchifer, and is the only species in the genus Poronidulus. It grows on hardwood sticks.
These are the opening buds. Twigs such as these make an interesting and supposedly healthful tea.
These distinctive tracks were made by Elm Bark beetles. Eggs are laid in the parental gallery, the blunt line in the center. When the larvae hatch, they eat their way outward, growing larger as they eat and leaving the telltale tracks that look like legs of a giant centipede. The larvae pupate and emerge through the outer bark at maturity.
Scolytus multistriatus is the "lesser" Elm Bark beetle, while Scolytus scolytes is credited with the greater spread of Dutch Elm disease. So these tracks may have been caused by either species.
These photos show the goldfinches in the midst of spring molting, as the feathers become the trademark bright yellow after the dull olive brown of winter.
I believe this is the female Purple Finch.
Low growing plant with bright red berries that last through the winter. Tasty trail nibble.
Also called Dark-eyed Junco.