Just starting to flower at te end of march. Recognizeable hanging pink flowers. Leaves resemble a rounder version of salmonberry, and with rounder serrations on the edge of the leaf.
Two distinct herbaceous forms to this plant. A wide round and deeply lobed leaf that probably is the namesake is the first, on its on stem. The second part of this plant is a thick stalk that grows slightly taller and supports the large white flower head, there are triangular leaves attached to the flowering stalk.
for context, see daily account for 3/31 at Pack Forest. as was characteristic of the lichen in this forest, they was usually found with other kinds of lichens in the same place. there seem to be at least three different kinds of lichens on this one branch, but i'm fairly certain that the fatter one on top is Parmelia sulcata, and that the one below the stringier one is Evernia prunastri.
for context, see daily account for 3/31 at Pack Forest. this type of lichen resembles coral and is a whitish blue color. this particular lichen was on a dead branch of a madrone tree, but they cover most of the trees found in this area and are usually paired with one or two other types of lichen.
Young, possibly Ganoderma, found on log beside the trail in Pack forest.
Gold dust lichen spotted on fallen trees in Pack Forest. The ground that surrounded it was fairly damp with small plants and lichen growing on most of the logs and trees.
I saw this at Pack Forest, but I'm not sure what it is...it has large leaves that grow straight out of the tips of the twisting branches in bunches of 4 or 5.
This False Morel Mushroom was found on the side of the trail. It has a complex appearance, similar to what a brain might look like.
This Coltsfoot was found frequently along the trail. The flowers were just about to bloom. It has very triangular leaves.
This Rhododendron was found outside of the dining hall at the camp. It's quite a large bush, so it must have been planted there at the time the hall was built a century ago-or less.
This madrone was found fallen over; it's branches were quite long and curly. The wood is quite beautiful.
Our group found this along the side of the trail. It seems to be sprouting yellow flowers.
Our group was walking the trail and we found many short Oregon Grape plants.
This little guy was spotted underneath the leaves and branches off of a trail in Pack Forest. It was about 4 inches long with a small tail. It ate primarily by grabbing plants with its paws and bringing them into its mouth. The vole was casually eating some of the vegetation around him and didn't seem to be too concerned with the large group of college students taking picture within inches of him.
This is the stem of a yarrow plant. Its bushy leaves typically lead to white flowers blossoming on the top depending on the season.
This plant was found off of a trail in Pack Forest. The triangular leaves surrounded a single stem leading to a group of white flowers at the top
Tall cedar with scale-like leaves found exhibiting its signature red trunk and branches.
Small weed-like plant found in the meadow at Pack Forest.
Found in the open meadow near the pavilion at Pack forest.
This pine was located near the pavillion at pack forest. The branches come out in regular intervals with needles symmetrically around.
There were plenty of these stocky, nitrogen-fixing plants throughout the region. All of which exhibited buds but not flowers.
Located off of a Pack forest trail. A variety of different types of lichen were found on majority of the trees in this temperate region.
This fungus was in the middle of the grassy field out group walked through.
This fungus was found attached to a log along the trail. It seemed that a lot of fungi preferred to grow on fallen logs.
This sword fern was found densely scattered along the trail.
This Salal bush was about 6 inches tall and was found along the trail in Pack Forest.
Shrub, about 1.5 m tall, perennial stems, pink flower petals about 1 cm long, only 3 flowers open on the entire plant, no blooming fruit, leafs 3-4 cm long pointing upwards
Cap of the fungus is about 5cm long has a "brainy" texture and is brownish yellow.
the leaves of the plant point upwards
scent of the flowers similar to a litter box, probably to attract flies which pollinate the plant.
Standing tall and upright, I believe they are true moss. They are only a few inches tall at most, though.
The stair step moss is to the bottom of the photo, looking like an underbrush because the taller and brighter glittering wood moss covers over it.
It's some type of mushroom that grows out of the gorund, I observed it during cloud cover, 30 degree temperatures and moderate rainfall.
One of the many Douglas Firs we saw at Pack Forest.
Also saw many Western Redcedars at Pack Forest. Scale-like leaves, tiny cones, and redish bark made identifying this one pretty easy.
We saw Indian Plum many times at Pack Forest. It was flowering when this picture was taken and will fruit during the summer.
Many sword ferns were covering areas of ground in the deciduous forest we were in. This one had orange spore/seed things underneath. I was pretty sure this was a sword fern but it could also be a licorice fern.
Saw this poking out of the ground among many dead leaves and branches. There were actually a few of these scattered around the same area.
Located not to deep within Pack Forest. Since it's pretty short I would say that this moss may be somewhat young. I heard this particular moss changes direction every year so you can tell how old it is based on how tall it is.
(Also called stair step moss).
Seen next to a pond in the deciduous forest. Thought it was aquatic horsetail but western scouring rush may be more accurate. I'm not completely sure on the name.
Huge ant hill with tiny black ants with red heads. I think they could be southern wood ants but I'm not completely sure. This hill was located right next to a pond in the middle of a very deciduous area the forest.
"Stinky Bob" was also a very abundant plant at Pack Forest. It was on the ground in almost every area we visited. Contrary to its name though, I thought it had a more herby scent rather than a smelly one.
Lots of Oregon Grape was scattered around Pack Forest. I think this is dull oregon grape.
Small amounts of this dark-yellow lichen on a downed branch. Found on the edge of Pack Forest where the grassy area meets the trees of the forest. Cloudy and slightly rainy day. This could be gold-crust lichen.
Saw tons of fringe cup all over the ground at Pack Forest.
It was initially under many downed twigs next to a Western Redcedar. That's why we thought it may be a red tree vole at first. But red tree voles are more mouse-looking and long-tailed voles are much smaller.
Much of this white to mint green lichen was present on the deciduous trees and branches among the forest. The common name for usnea wirthii is "Blood-spattered beard."
This sticker bush was along many of the trails at Pack Forest. The leaves are striated and end in points. I'm not sure why the ends to some of the leaves are slightly purple. This could be becasue the bush was old or possibly dying.
This coltsfoot was growing on the ground among many twigs and dead leaves. It had striated leaves and purple flower buds(?) that, when opened at the top of the plant, displayed a cute white flower with purple edges.
Big leaf maple with many horizontal lines of holes made by a sapsucker. I'm not sure if there is a way to tell the exact species of sapsucker it was though.