These four adnate fungi were seen growing on a dead fallen log in the understory of a shady part of the mixed oak-bay woodland. The approximate diameter of each of the four specimens was nine millimeters.
Seen growing in vine form near a main path under an oak woodland canopy. The vine length was about two meters.
This gilled mushroom was sighted near a main trail. The cap is somewhat concave with irregular margin. Gills are slightly descending and attached to the smooth stalk.
Seen near a main trail under tree cover in a somewhat grassy area.
These two Canada geese were seen on the southern banks of Lake Raphine, a stopover point as they are heading back to the north now.
This ground squirrel was seen on the upper bank of Lake Ralphine. He had constructed a complex burrow system, which was evident from the surface.
Seen in bloom near a main trail in the western part of the park.
Seen with a gamut of other lichen species growing on an oak limb within the mixed oak woodland.
These fruticose lichens were pendent from a living limb of an oak tree in this mixed oak woodland. These specimens were about ten to fifteen cm long.
This foliose lichen was seen on a living limb of a native oak tree, close to the main trail. The underside of lobes has a whitish margin.
Seen adnate on native rock. This should be either X. lineola or X. cumberlandia.
Growing on an oak trunk, this crustose lichen was adnate and extremely firm in texture.
Growing atop a crustose lichen, which in turn is hosted by an oak limb.
This lichen was seen growing on a limb of a living scrub oak within a mixed oak woodland. The host tree was leafless in this season. Approximate height of this specimen was about three cm.
This powdery crustose lichen was observed on the trunk of a living Quercus kelloggii tree. The total colony size measures approximately 25 cm across.
This shrub measure about 1.5 meters in height with leaf length around two cm. Both abaxial and adaxial leaf surfaces are glabrous, with adaxial shiny green and abaxial a dull yellow-green. Leaves have around 15 spiny marginal tips, including an apical spine. Branching is plentiful, creating a dense shrub. This observation was made in a sunny chaparral patch within a larger habitat that is mostly oak woodland.
This fruticose tufted lichen was seen growing on a living oak branch. The specimen measures about three cm high. Branches are about 1.5 mm wide. Soralia are orbicular.
This crustose lichen was seen growing on native rock not far from a main trail at the edge of a mixed oak woodland. The characteristic size of this assemblage is about 25 cm.
Seen along one of the main trails in a ruderal area at the trailside. The smooth culms and their cauline leaves were dried, but new basal green leaves have begun to appear. Several dozen of these tuftgrass specimens were seen closely arrayed, with most total plant heights being in the range of seventy to ninety cm. There is a single terminal spike on each culm, with the spike height being about four cm. Spikelets are densely packed into the cylindrical spike. Culm nodes are slightly enlarged, and joints are slightly offset from 180 degrees....namely approximately 175 degrees. Cauline leaves are about 20 cm in length and basal leaves are about 35 cm. This colony of grasses is clearly not being cultivated, but is well naturalized.
This specimen was seen growing on a lower limb of a living Quercus kelloggii at a height of about two meters above the ground surface. The habitat here is an almost closed canopy mixed oak woodland. This specimen was approximately three cm wide and 2.5 cm high.
Seen growing on a dead oak limb, within a mixed oak woodland.
Seen growing on the forest floor level in a closed canopy portion of the mixed oak woodland.
Seen on mesic soils leafing out, with dry stalk from prior year.
This shrub measures about 2.5 meters in height. The leaves are serrate and somewhat curled downward at the margins. The observed shrub has grey bark and branches exhibit an ascending geometry. The microhabitat was the ecotone between chaparral and mixed oak woodland.
This sapling was seen growing on a slope leading down to Lake Ralphine in the upper riparian zone to the inlet stream. The stature of this tree was about four meters in height, and it exhibited a dark reddish black bark.
Seen growing on the forest floor within the mixed oak woodland here.
Seen as a single specimen; it is common for this taxon to be found in a single or few plants rather than a large expanse. Total height of this specimen is about 80 cm and the spike length is around ten cm, both dimensions characteristic of E. glaucus. Even in dried form the cauline leaves are apparent, with leaf length about 28 cm, again typical of E. glaucus. Found in an open canopy area of the mixed oak woodland, a typical habitat of this grass.
Growing on a dead log on the forest floor of a mixed oak woodland.
Growing at the edge of a mixed oak woodland, near the main trail, a disturbed area.
Seen in new sprouting form in a rocky sloping portion of the open canopy portion of the mixed oak woodland forest floor.
Growing quite close to the ground within a mixed oak woodland.
Small shrub in mesic soils about 90 cm high, but estimated age of about seven years. Favor the taxon Quercus chrysolepis over Q. agrifolia, because: (1) small stature and small leaf size; (2) leaf form flatter rather than the exaggerated convex shape of agrifolia; (3) stems more golden brown rather than the greyish of agrifolia; (4) stem branching angles (about 50 degrees) and branching frequency match chrysolepis rather than agrifolia.
Growing on a rotting piece of wood in the mixed oak woodland here.
Seen opportunistically looking for scraps in the upper parking lot.
This colony of shelf like hoof-shaped mushrooms was seen growing on a rotting log in this mixed oak woodland. The underside is a whitish. The approximate diameter of each fruiting body is three cm. It is likely this cylindrical host log is a Douglas fir.
Seen growing on a rotting log on the forest floor of this mixed oak woodland. The host wood may be Douglas fir which is relatively common in this part of the woodland. The approximate diameter of each specimen in the colony is about seven cm. The shape is hooflike, with a somewhat stiff,leathery texture.
This bracken was actually a totally dried specimen from growth year 2013. Note the trifurcate branching of the main stem as a diagnostic of the plant as well as its annual growth regeneration that is unlike other ferns of the region. iormem
This woody shrub has a laurel-type leaf, but its leaf is raggedly serrated with very acute tips at the leaf margin. The leaves of the mature plants are quite large, measuring about 17 cm in length. The plant is moderatedly common here, attaining a mature heignt of over three meters. The image here is of a young plant about 40 cm high. Note the abaxial midvein is raised.
Seen growing on a rocky slope on the forest floor of a closed canopy mixed oak woodland.
Seen arboreally and practically posing for me as i stood a scant three meters away!
Seen along a main trail. This flowering tree is likely a naturalized non-native. According to Jepson, P. communis is widely naturalized in California.
Seen growing not far from the trail. This specimen was growing in an apparently disturbed area near the trail. Fronds were about 70 cm long, with the petiole about thirty percent of the total frond length.