Each of these plants had one larger "branch" and one smaller, with the spots on the leaves.
About 2.5 cm long
There was a patch of these plants in a moist area along a creek. I thought they were ramps, but there was no garlic/onion smell.
This daffodil was blooming under a bush near a creek in a game lands meadow.
The first sighting of this spring ephemeral for 2015.
Dark brown to blackish crowded jelly blobs. It breaks down dead wood.
Early Spring growth, soon after the snow has melted.
Early Spring growth, just after the snow has melted.
Stereum is a parchment fungus, which grows on wood. Also called False Turkey Tails.
Exidia recisa is a jelly fungus that grows on dead sticks and branches. It is moist and soft, but dries out quickly. This is also called Amber Jelly, but in many cases can be dark reddish/purplish brown, as well as amber.
Exidia recisa have the sharper ridges seen here, while the upper surface of the true Jelly Ear (Auricularia auricula) are silky to downy with no sharp ridges. I THINK Jelly Ears are larger, too, but that remains to be seen...
These look like pink forget-me-nots, but I thought those were spring flowers (and blue).
Growing near a low wet area, but not in saturated soil.
This beetle was about 1/2 the size of a typical ladybug.