Slug eating the Carpocephala.
This is what I believe to be a Lichen Agaric mushroom growing on the side of a log at Camp Pleasant along the north fork of the Skokomish River.
A big Bird of prey swooped down from the deep woods and nearly went after my dog I think. It got really close to her, it was checking her out for sure. If my dog was a chihuahua I think she would have been a hawks lunch. I wondered if the Hawk was going to attack me as it checked me out too. Maybe it was nesting in the deep woods?? It flew away before I could get a good picture of it, then it sat on a branch and watched us for few seconds before it left. I was deep in old growth hemlock, never seen a hawk in that habitat before.. here are two really bad pictures of it. I guess the hawk saw the movement and thought mouse only to swoop down and see a dog??? Someone suggested northern goshawk
These mature Boletus zelleri were found during a drizzely day at Staircase, WA. They are mature and the yellow pores are becoming darker blue due to bruising. It was found among old growth conifers, hemlocks, and hardwoods. The stem is red/ fibrous/ stuffed.
Growing on the trunk of a small Western Hemlock, in Hemlock dominated forest. Scattered all over the ground in the surrounding area.
The stem is thick and red in color. Leaves are light green and branching at each node. The sporophyte is rising from the side of the stem but more toward the top. Capsules are beaked. Growing on duff and fallen rotting logs.Hummus rich soils, Tsuga heterophylla (western hemlock) and Thuja plicata (western red cedar) are the dominant tree species. The stem is thick and red in color. Leaves are light green and branching at each node. The sporophyte is rising from the side of the stem but more toward the top. Capsules are beaked. Growing on duff and fallen rotting logs.
These moss are about 3 cm tall with shiny transparent leaves. Sporophyte is about 3 cm growing out of the tip with a very small capsule. Growing on fallen rotting trees. Forest is very mature with many layers of plant species. The trees are Thuja plicata (western red cedar) Tsuga heterophylla (western hemlock) and Acer macrophyllum )bigleaf maple).
Leafy, acrocarpus, dioecious moss to 3cm tall. Smooth, rhizoid-free stems and large oval leaves with prominent central costa.
Males have flower-like antheridial heads with rosettes of leaves just at their stem tips, and females have leaves continuous along their stems.
Common in coniferous forests on decomposing logs, soil-covered rock, and humus. From low to subalpine elevations.
Common name: Fan moss
Rhizomnium = rhizoid-bearing, as many species of this genus have rhizoid-bearing stems; glabrescens = smooth, as this species has smooth stems that do not bear rhizoids.
This specimen was found alone at the base of a large conifer on a very rainy day at Staircase Rapids. The weather was in the 50's and it was cloudy.
I found lots of deer fern while on a hike at Staircase in the Olympic National Park. Cloudy, light rain, 58°. I haven't noticed deer ferns before as I am used to the large amounts of sword ferns that grow around the Evergreen State College. This specimen is evergeen, tufted at the end, and smaller than I expected. It has a unique arc in the shape of the blades being shorter at the petiole and tip and longer in the middle of the frond. The leaflets are smooth, waxy, leathery, widely spaced, oblong, fully attached to the leaf axis along their bases, and the stipes are purplish/brownish. There are two types of fronds; sterile and fertile which the latter stands upright, arising out of the center clump and is deciduous.
Found on the main trail at Staircase in the Olympic National Park. Cloudy, light rain, 58°. The plant's striking color immediately grabs my attention as I have not seen any dull Oregon grape like this before. It's neon oranges, yellows and greens are bright, beautiful, and stand out much more than the big leaf maple leaves around me. This shrub is stiff, erect, and rhizomatous. This stem has a total of 15 leaves that are less smooth than "Mahonia aquifoliam" yet are still slippery to the touch and less glossy underneath. The stem is about 14" long and about 6" wide with the leaves. The leaves are also alternate, spiky like holly, and the stem is reddish brown in color. The flowers are bright yellow, flower parts, are in sixes, and there are usually many erect clusters. The fruits are blue berries that are about 1cm wide and are usually in elongated cluster and are edible.