Near the Farallon Islands on the Continental Shelf.
My buddy posted this on Facebook and was wondering what it was.
Can't tell pine species for sure, but it is on serpentine soils.
Small scorpions found underneath large rocks in dry grassy area. Temp around 82 degrees fahrenheit.
Mallard duckling ?
This plant clinging to the sunny and rocky hillside is Sedum spathulifolium, or Broad-leaved Stonecrop. We saw hundreds of these plants, some only an inch or two across, and this one about 5" across, and all past their blooming period, so we missed the showy yellow flowers. They were growing on the north side of Lake Crescent at 580' elevation.
This ubiquitous plant has puzzled me for a long time, and turns out to be Prunella vulgaris or Self-heal, a plant with many medicinal properties that grows on every continent. This low-growing plant with bright purple flowers, almost 1" across, is in the mint family. Here it's growing at 580' along the path beside Lake Crescent.
I was very disappointed to find Western Poison Oak, and quite a lot of it, growing along the path on the north side of Lake Crescent at 580'. This was the first time I've found poison oak in Washington state.
There were a few patches of Oxalis oregana or Redwood Sorrel along the path on the north side of Lake Crescent at 580'. It was too late for the flowers. This was the first time I'd seen Oxalis oregana this far east in Washington state; before I'd only seen it along the west coast.
These leafy plants with tall shoots of flowers is Osmorhiza chilensis, or Mountain Sweet-cicely. There were just a few of these plants growing at 580' along a shady path close to Lake Crescent.
This beautiful plant is Epipactus gigantea, with stems of multiple peach-colored orchids. It's called Giant Hellborine. There were just a few patches of these plants with a total of about 40 stems growing near the path and close to Lake Crescent at 580' in semi-shade. Each stem reached about 12-18" tall.
This plant is Circaea alpina or Enchanter’s Nightshade, growing by the shady path alongside Lake Crescent at 580'.
This lovely moss is Rhytidiadelphus loreus, known as Lanky Moss, growing on an old nurse log at 580' close to Lake Crescent. The Douglas Fir cone is for scale.
This is a dried out patch of Oyster Mushrooms, growing on a dead Red Alder tree in a mixed mostly conifer forest at 580' close to Lake Crescent.
The green moss on the top of this apple tree branch, Orthotrichum lyellii or Lyell’s Bristle Moss, was growing at 580' elevation close to the shore of Lake Crescent.
The leaves of Oplopanax horridus, or Devil’s Club, have lines of sharp thorns, as do the stems. This fierce-looking plant grows over people's heads and was quite close to the trail near Marymere Falls. Each leaf grew to about 16" across.
This moss is Neckera douglasii, with the common name of Douglas’ Neckera, named in honor of the amazing naturalist David Douglas. It was growing on Red Alder at 580' elevation.
Here's Metaneckera menziesii, a moss known as Menzies’ Neckera, growing on a Bigleaf Maple tree trunk. It's a thick greenish-orange moss. I like knowing it's named in honor of Vancouver's naturalist, Menzies.
This interesting lichen was growing on the branch of an old apple tree close to the shore of Lake Crescent at 580' elevation. It looks like a brown leaf lichen, possibly brown from age, covered in small clusters of yellow dots.
Another (possibly same animal as last week) spotted skunk visited my porch and left tracks on my computer case.
These might be planted, but I'm not sure.
Black bear feeding sign on blackberry vines.
nest in dirt road, with black bear and blacktailed deer tracks
Ant making a trail on a steep slope at the edge of a dirt road. Possibly harvester ant? Need help with ID of species.
California quail dust bath form and full hind foot tracks. You can even see wing imprints at the top of the form. The entire heel left an imprint. The left one is clearest.