Happy little clusters of bitter Hypholoma fascilculare. Foundgroups of mature fleshy fungus, surrounding stump, after rains, dark inky brown spore print. Height at entirity 74mm, bitter taste, caps yellow darker pigmentation at center, ill green to yellow tone from dark spores, flesh firm, cream to yellow, close gills, adnated, smooth velvety damp fleshy surface of cap and stem, equal stem shape.
Cluster of Puffballs, Lycoperdon perlatum, possibly, found in grass near hardwood stumps near gravel driveway. Only a max of 2in tall, puffed olive-choclate brown sporecloud. Papery, rawhide texture of, spatulated sporocarp, tapered at base, light brown- olive brown exterior, darker, when fresh.
for context, please see daily account for Index, WA on 5/12. this moss was much harder to identify, as it did not have as distinguishing features as the oregon beaked moss and i did not spend a lot of time studying it when i saw it. i ventured to guess that it was wavy-leaved cotton moss, because of the way it was transversely wavy, whitish-green and glossy, with little-branced stems. if anyone has another idea, i'd be happy to know!
for context, see daily account for Index, WA on 5/12. i looked at mosses in pojar and felt like oregon beaked moss came closest to describing this moss i saw growing at the base of a tree in the moist index forest. pojar says it is common in lowland rainforests, which would be appropriate for the wetness of this area, and is a yellow-green to orange-green, which is also confirmed by this picture. most distinct of all though is its branches, which resemble individual fern fronds.
for context, please see Daily Account for Index, WA on 5/12. this fern dominated the understory of the forest here. it is distinct from brackenfern by the way its fronds extend from the ground instead of from a single point/stem.
for context, please see Daily Account for Index, WA on 5/12. i saw this yellow-spotted millipede hiding under some leaves as i was bent down looking at something else. it was curled up and remained that way while we looked at it. it has a very shiny black exterior, with yellow edges.
for context, please see Daily Account for Index, WA on 5/12. we found this artists' conch on a dead, horizontal-lying log near the parking lot. there were a few more near this one. i've included a before and after picture.
for context, please see Daily Account for Index, WA on 5/12. Noelle told us that these mushrooms were probably of the genus Coprinus, but we weren't sure of the species. we found these mushrooms hiding under some dead leaves on the bottom of a dead tree trunk.
for context, please see Daily Account on Index, WA on May 12, 2012. we saw a number of flowering false lily of the valley on the understory of this forest. i wish i had tried smelling it to see if it fragrant like lily of the valley (one of my favorite fragrances) or just resembles it.
Black and shiny body, yellow spots along the length of sides, crawling on log, this guy had a ton of legs, dozens of segments.
This was growing in a very moist area, under tree cover, near false lily of the valley, devil's club, and hooker's fairybell. 3 times pinnate, ~ten pairs of leaflets.
Growing low to the ground in dead leaves; rounded toothed leaves, three lobed, basal.
Three leaflets, with flower budding from center, and another three leaf pattern surrounding the bud; triangular-oval leaves; the appendages of these leaves are apparently very attractive to ants for food.
Similar leaves to false solomon's seal, veins very noticeable and indented, leaves alternate; flowers growing beneath the leaves in twin pairs.
Spiny, thick stem, 7-lobed leaves, shaped like maple leaf or thimbleberry, growing erect, not especially abundant in the location we explored, but it likes the wet type of area we were in, so I'm sure there was probably more.
Brown and white ribbed on top, light brown spores; curved and more umbrella-like than flat/on a plane.
Not sure what this was, thought it was a cabbage white at first due to the coloring, but saw no distinguishable black spot on upper wings; faint gray patter makes me think it's a western white, however, they usually only come out July-Sept, and this was May; and it was a pretty moist and forested area, although the butterfly prefered the sunny drier spots on the side of the road. Why do they like to land on the road? I've noticed this a lot and wondered whether it has something to do with the pavement being hot, or if it's just the result of their habitat being taken away by roads and they haven't adapted yet.